13 Chuck Roast Alternatives ( Delicious and Cheaper Substitutes)

Are you looking for an alternative to chuck steak? Sometimes, your favorite cuts of beef come with a hefty price tag. Beef chuck roast has a delicious flavor and is perfect for smoking, but it can often be expensive. 

Depending on what you’re cooking, there are plenty of cheaper substitutes for chuck roast. We’ve put together some of the best bargain cuts of meat you can buy. 

Bottom Round Roast

The bottom round roast, or rump roast, is perfect for slow-cooking dishes like stews. It can be made nice and tender, and the slower cooking time allows all the connective tissue to break down.

Recipe for: Bottom Round Roast

Chuck Arm Steak

Chuck arm steak comes from the bottom half of the beef chuck steak. It’s full of connective tissue and very similar to a chuck roast. I would recommend slow cooking or smoking this cut.

Top Round Roast

Top round roast is a fantastic slow cooker pot roast. It’s a very lean cut of meat; however, you can tenderize it a few different ways. I like to season it with kosher salt and allow it to rest in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 -8 hours.

This is an affordable cut of meat and a great substitute for tri-tip as well.

Recipe for: Top Round Roast

round steak that has been cooked rare

Top Round Steak

Top round steak is also known as the London Broil. It’s a thick cut of meat and can be slow-cooked or broiled. This cheap roast is one of the most inexpensive alternatives for chuck roast.

Recipe for: Top Round Steak

Sirloin Tip Steak

Sirloin steak tip is a good alternative to chuck roast. It can sometimes be more expensive than chuck roast, but it is a fantastic alternative if you purchase it on special. 

This cut is often confused with top sirloin steak, which comes from the sirloin primal cut, whereas sirloin tip steak comes from the round primal cut. It is tough, lean, and full of beefy flavor, so it needs to be cooked hot and fast.

Recipe for: SirloinTip Steak

Flat Iron Steak 

Flat iron steak comes from the chuck roast, so this is a good option if you’re after a cut with a similar flavor. It is better to cook the flat iron steak hot and fast, whereas you normally cook a chuck roast low and slow.

Recipe for: Flat Iron Steak

Eye Of Round Steak

This is a lean and boneless cut of meat from the round primal cut in the animal’s rump. To get the most out of your meat, always marinate the eye of round steak, then use it as you would a chuck roast, braised, or in a stew.

Recipe for: Grilled Eye of Round Steak

how to cook round steak on cutting board

Top Blade Steak or Oyster Blade Steak

Top-blade steak, also known as oyster blade, has an incredibly tender texture, making it a delicious cut of meat. It can be cooked using plenty of methods, such as grilling, roasting, or broiling in the oven, making it a good substitute for chuck roast.

Recipe for: Grilled Oyster Blade Steak

Tri-Tip Roast

It’s cheap, has a great beef flavor, and is a good alternative to chuck roast and brisket. Tri-tip roast is very lean and has less than 10 grams of fat per serving, so it’s a good alternative and healthier.

The best way to cook your tri-tip is to smoke it like a chuck roast.

Recipe for: Smoked tri-tip .

Brisket Point

The brisket point is one of the two muscles of the packer beef brisket. It’s smaller, thicker, and has more connective tissue and marbling than the chuck roast. Like the chuck roast, it’s best cooked low and slow, whether that is smoking or braising.

Corned Beef

This isn’t an alternative, but it is a good choice if you want a cut full of flavor. Corned beef is a cut that’s been cured or pickled over some time. Have you ever tried smoked corned beef? It’s delicious!

Finding a cheaper alternative to chuck roast doesn’t have to be difficult. There are plenty of options out there that you can find in your local grocery store. Ultimately, it will depend upon your recipe and cooking process to determine which substitute is best. 

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