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Smoked Eye Round w/ Beef Au Jus

March 18, 2021
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Smoked Eye Round Recipe

Looking for a cheap cut of meat that’s great for smoking? Eye Round is a tough cut of beef that’s often prepared poorly turning out either too tough or too dry.

With a little bit of attention this tough cut can give your Texas brisket a run for its money. Slow braised in beef au jus and butter this eye round has massive beef flavor!

Speaking of Beef, If you are looking for more beef recipes checkout Smoked Corned Beef, Australian Wagyu Denver Steak and Texas Style Beef Ribs

Where is the Eye Round Located

The Eye of Round Roast is located on the back leg of the cow and at first glance looks very similar to the tenderloin.

That being said it’s an extremely tough cut of beef because of its constant movement and being a weight bearing muscle of the animal. It is very lean with lots of connective inter muscular tissue.

To break all that down you’ll want to cook this cut low and slow. Not for nothing another big advantage of the eye round is the price.

Eye round is often on sale at local markets and in my research almost always cheaper than brisket.

Checkout this Video Recipe

slice of smoked beef eye round

Brining Beef Eye Round before Smoking

Most of the time when you think of brining or curing beef we are discussing brisket to make corned beef or pastrami.

Eye Round can benefit from some of these processes as well. I like to give the eye round an overnight brine using Real Salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, onion and garlic.

The beef will turn a pale color but don’t worry, it won’t affect the final product other than making it more tender and juicy. For a easy cheat recipe for pastrami check out this recipe.

Smoke Eye Round of Beef

Smoking vs Braising 

Smoking the Eye Round then wrapping in foil gives you the best of both worlds.

You get the beautiful smoke ring and flavor that you want with beef roasts. In addition wrapping the beef will help tenderize and hold in the juices to keep the roast a Moist.

The addition of beef broth and butter in the foil acts as a flavor booster to really take the roast up a notch.

Sliced beef eye round smoked

How to get a Perfect Smoke Ring

To achieve a perfect smoke ring start the beef roast at a lower temperature around 225 for the first 3-4 hrs. Once the eye round has reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. It’s really taken on all the smoke that it can.

Then you can wrap it up and raise the temperature after that. Once the eye round is wrapped I’ll turn my smoker up to 300 degrees F and cook it until I hit 205-210 degrees F. Internally.

eye round of beef with au jus

Resting Before Slicing

This is the key to your success or failure in this recipe. You’ve been cooking all day and you’re hungry but don’t let your impatience get the best of you.

At 205-210 degrees F. the beef has pushed out a lot of juices but it can reabsorb those juices if you give it time. Plus if you cut it while it’s that hot it will probably tear and crumble when slicing.

Open the foil carefully on top so the beef can breath and cool down a bit. Make sure the beef still sit in its own au jus. Let the beef cool down for 30-45 minutes until it hits an internal temperature of 150 degrees.

It will still be hot and ready to eat but it will be perfectly moist as well. Pour off that leftover au jus in a bowl to serve along side the eye round for even more beefy goodness.

Slicing the Eye Round

You have 2 choices when slicing your eye round. You can cook it less and retain more moisture but have it be tougher. Option two, you can cook it a little longer and have it be a lot more tender.

Both methods work but need to be sliced completely different. If you choose to undercook the eye round then its important to slice as thin as possible. If you have a meat slicer that would be even better.

If you cook it longer then the goal should be to slice at pencil thickness just like you would slice a beef brisket. Cut a slice and take a bite if you are happy with the tenderness then keep the slices that thickness. If its tough slice thinner and if its crumbling slice thicker.

You can dunk the slices in the au jus before serving to make the meat even juicier.

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Smoke Eye Round of Beef

Smoked Eye Round w/ Au Jus

Looking for a cheap cut of meat that’s great for smoking? Eye Round is a tough cut of beef that’s often prepared poorly turning out either too tough or too dry.
4.34 from 12 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: Au Jus, Smoked Eye Round
Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 8 hours
Servings: 10
Calories: 275kcal


  • Pellet Grill (Rec Tec 700)



  • Trim any excess fat of the eye round and remove any silver skin.
  • For Brine Instutions See Recipe Below
  • Combine Salt, Pepper, Onion and Garlic
  • Pat Brined Beef dry and  season the Eye Round with spice blend. Smoke at 225 degrees for 3-4 hrs. Until beef reaches 160-170 degrees F.
  • Remove Eye Round from smoker and raise temperature to 300 degrees F. Double Wrap the Eye Round in aluminum foil with a ½ cup of beef broth and ½ stick of butter added in. Re insert probe and return to the smoker.
  • Cook beef for 3-4 more hrs depending on size until beef reaches an internal temperature of between 205-210 degrees F.
  • Open the top of the foil to let the beef rest in the juices until it cools to about 150 degrees F. Before slicing into ¼ inch slices. Pour off the au jus and serve alongside the Eye of Round.


total portions will vary. Individual serving size 4oz.


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 1596mg | Potassium: 683mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 141IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 4mg
Eye Round Of Beef Brine

Beef Brine

4.34 from 12 votes
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: BBQ
Servings: 10



  • In a pot bring water, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, onion and garlic to a simmer stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes until salt is dissolved. Remove from heat and add ice cubes until brine is completely chilled. Pour brine over the eye round and store in a sealed container for 8-12 hrs in the fridge.

slice of smoked beef eye round

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65 comments on “Smoked Eye Round w/ Beef Au Jus”

  1. Really interested in how this turned out? Even w/ the brining, cooking to a temp of 210 and cutting that thick...I can't imagine how many times you had to chew? Maybe I'm wrong. Cooked 2 last week,...the Medium Rare one, sliced very thin was good. However, the one that creeped up to Medium Well was almost inedible.

    1. its all or nothing, you can slice thin like you did at med rare otherwise you have to treat it like brisket and cook it well beyond well don to break down the muscle fibers. I wrap it so it sit in its own au jus to stay moist. when its don its fork tender and not chew at all.

    1. yes you can use a smaller piece, it will change the cooking time but internal temps will remain the same

  2. 5 stars
    Even with the mistakes (no time to brine) and adaptations (wrapped at 140 and finished in the oven) this was the most tender eye of round I have ever raten.

    1. Thanks!! I love Eye round and this is almost as good as a tasty brisket. So glad you're Team Rectec as Well!

    1. normally I use butcher paper with beef but for this recipe I prefer the foil so I dint lose any of the juices. I pour all the rendered beef juices into a pot and add beef stock to make an au jus to serve along with the eye round to keep it extra moist.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this recipe with a few alterations. I already had the meat marinading when I read this recipe. So I skipped the brine. I followed most of the rest of this recipe, but instead of just beef stock in the "wrapped part" I added some of the marinade that I cooked first. The meat was soft and flavorful. My husband said it was the best piece of beef he's ever had!!

    1. Fantastic!! thank you for the feedback and I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe!! I do love that Eye round recipe

  4. I am going to try this recipe tomorrow (sans brine), but my question is what do you estimate in cooking time getting the meat from 160 to 210? I assume there may be a stall like in a brisket. I am trying to predict cooking time, thx!

    1. depending on the size its normally about 2-3 hours. you can also raise the smoker temp once its wrapped to speed it up a bit.

  5. 5 stars
    This was my first attempt at smoking meat. Followed your instructions to a "T",even the brine. Found the eye of round on sale two for one. Came out perfect and tender, nice smoke ring. Glad I have leftovers. Thanks.

    1. Thats fantastic to hear. Eye round is such an underrated cut of Beef. thanks for trying it out and leaving a review.

  6. Well, I’m going
    To try this recipe Next weekend for a dinner party. I purchased a 8.5lb so I’m thinking it will take total 10hrs. I have a Komodo style cooker. Will let you know how it turns out.

    1. On a Komodo style it may finish a little quicker so keep an eye on it but it will definitely be tasty. Please keep me posted

  7. 5 stars
    We followed this recipe to the letter and it is the best smoked roast we have ever done! My husband was really worried this cut would be tough but it turned out amazing! Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    I have made this a couple of times now for my In-Laws and my father in law always raves about it. Smoke it on the BGE. I found that when i finished at 206 it was perfect.
    I could drink the Au Jus.
    I picked up a couple of top sirloin that were on sale. Do you think I will get the same result as the Eye?

    1. Yes a sirloin will be similar but depending on the fat content it will provably be tender at a lower temp. I have a smoked chuck roast recipe on my other website that I cook more like a brisket.

  9. 5 stars
    My new favorite. Did not brine. Injected with beef broth. Coated with Montreal steak seasoning and followed directions from there. Sliced as thin as I could. So juicy and flavorful. Made copycat Arby sauce and ate the 3 pound roast in 3 days by myself. Try it-you will like it.

  10. 5 stars
    Dry brined a BIG ol Eye of Round
    Took forever to cook (225 smoked to 160F, tight foil wrapped with some wine n beef broth at 300 in over til 199F) rested and sliced.

    Best $20 I've ever spent!

  11. I skipped the brine because I had already marinated the roast before I found this recipe. Other than that, I followed the directions to the letter.

    The meat was tender, but dry. I was disappointed.

  12. Not sure what this guy is thinking but you don’t cook anything to 210°? Jesus chicken is what 165. Why would you go another 50° on a roast? Unless you’re looking for beef jerky do not do this. Pull it off at about 150 and let it rest for about 10 minutes

  13. Going to start this recipe tonight when I get home from work. I have an almost 8 lbs eye of round so I obviously need to double everything, but my eye of round has some hard fat on the bottom should I trim this or leave it alone?

  14. Someone tell pellet grill king this isn't chicken or a steak you don't cook it to temp you cook it harder to break down the meat. You don't cook brisket or chuck to 165 you cook it more and let it rest. Some of these pellet guys think they know everything

    1. Yeah, everyone is entitled an opinion but You would have to slice that eye round paper thin at that temperature for it to be tender.

  15. I tried this tonight. I've done the rare and I must say it turned out absolutely amazing. Worried all day about the outcome cause I've done medium rare and everyone love it but this was great. Never would have thought. Good job. Loved this recipe.

  16. 5 stars
    To the "Pellet King", apparently you've never smoked a brisket before.Pull @ 203° and let rest. Same with this cut. Fat renders and tenderizes (for lack of a better word) the tough meat.

  17. Thanks so much for posting this. While I've modified it a bit, your plan helped me turn eye of round into a family favorite.
    I skip the brine and do a mustard rub, take it up to 160 then, wrap it with Full stick of butter and follow the rest of the instructions.
    My 10 year old would never eat any other beef and now requests this. I make it a couple times each month.

    1. I love to hear this!! I think the Eye round is so underrated and Im glad you enjoyed the recipe!! thank you for sharing!!

  18. I have the eye round roast on my Rec Teq Bullseye 380 cook g at 225. Been on for 2.25 hrs and looking good at an internal temp of 142 degrees. I followed the recipe exactly as posted and will continue until the very end. I will follow up with a final comment once my eye round roast has been finished and served to eat. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  19. 5 stars
    Just up from the table. Excellent way to cook eye of round. We have cooked "low and slow" to 200°F for years. Three hours of smoke added a great depth of flavor. If they are still on sale at Kroger in the morning we will do this again soon.

  20. I'm in the process of making this and I've got so many questions.

    For the Beef Brine;
    1. The head garlic cloves. Do you peel it? Do you cut it? Do you crush it?
    2. Do you bring the whole concoction to a boil before setting it to simmer? Or just bring it up to a simmer?
    3. How long do you simmer it for? An hour? Longer?
    4. When you put the beef into the brine do you refrigerate it, let it sit at room temperature, or do you keep adding ice to it to keep it chilled?

    For the Smoked Eye Round w/ Au Jus
    1. For the garlic in the Spiceology mixture, is it to be garlic salt, granulated garlic or garlic powder?
    2. When you mention 1/2 stick of butter, is it a half pound, or 1/8 pound (assuming 4 sticks to a pound of butter)?

    I'm excited to see how this turns out. The comments below are so positive.

    1. Thank you for the feedback on the instructions, I went back and updated them so the recipe should be more clear. Hope you try it out.

  21. So I did the brine and was looking to add something to the pot to bring the brine over the top of the meat...we just bought a case of cherry coke so I fit a couple unopened cans would do the trick. I checked the brine a few hours later and the mixture caused one of the cans to pop, haha. I left it be, we will see how a little cherry flavor works out.

  22. 5 stars
    Delicious! This is my third time doing this recipe. It’s become quite a hit among my family especially with how tender and flavorful it is. Thanks for this!

  23. 1 star
    I was recommended this blog by way of my cousin.
    I'm no longer sure whether or not this post is written by way
    of him as nobody else realize such special approximately
    my trouble. You're wonderful! Thank you!

  24. I am smoking 2 eye of rounds (5 1/2 lbs) for Easter. I'm doing them ahead of time and wonder how soon after they are done do they need sliced. I'd like to do it the next day. Thoughts??

  25. I’m smoking 2 eye of rounds for Easter 6lbs apiece. I’d like to smoke them the night before. Will it be ok to wait and slice them the next morning? How would you store them over night? I could probably do it overnight if that would be better. Thoughts?

    1. Eye round is very lean and can dry out. If you have to slice it ahead of time you'll need to heat the au jus and rehydrate the meat. The total cook time is around 6-7 hours. If you cook them early in the morning you can let them rest and keep them hot in a cooler wrapped in a towel then slice right before serving. Hope that helps

  26. 1 star
    This is about affiliate links, would NEVER cook a eye of round this way... unless you like chewing on rubber. Low and slow 225° pull at 135 and wrap in foil. Drop in a cooler for an hour. Your jaw will thank me. Ultra tender melt in your mouth, cut against the grain. Better yet cool down and run it through your slicer.

    1. Its funny you would write a review like this. Ive made this recipe many times and it comes out perfect each time. Im a professionally trained chef who works regularly with my local butcher. Top round can be prepared many different ways but I assure you this is as tender as a brisket

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