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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (The Meades) Date: Tue, 14 May 1996
13:48:23 -0400 Subject: WHAT DID I DO WRONG? This past Friday I made
my first attempt in many years to barbecue a rump roast. I placed it
on the spit over medium coals, using a meat thermometer. It roasted
for about 2 hours before reaching the medium setting, at which time I
removed it from the grill ... When the meat was sliced the center was
a nice medium pink. The meat was tough as a piece of shoe leather.
What could I have done wrong, or was it just a case of a bad piece of
meat to begin with? From: Kathy Pitts: Tough to tell long-distance,
Jean, but I'd say the problem was too hot a fire. Rump isn't the
tenderest meat in the world to begin with, and if you subject it to
too much heat too fast, the connective tissues are going to tighten
up, forcing the moisture out, and resulting in a dry, tough hunk of
cow. Next time, try roasting the meat in an pan, rather than the
rotisserie, building your fire by making SMALL mounds of coals on
either side of the roast (no heat directly below). If you like, you
can place the roast directly on the grids of your grill, placing the
pan in the center of the firebox to act as a buffer for the coals.
Place a cover over the roast (if your grill doesn't have a cover, you
can improvise one with some heavy wire and heavy-duty aluminum foil.)
The heat from the coals should only result in an interior cooking
temperature of 250-300 degrees. If it goes down further, don't panic.
Anything above 200 will cook the meat eventually, and the slower the
better in this case. You also might try using a more acid marinade
(wine, beer, lemon or lime juice in the marinade). The acid will
tenderize the meat somewhat (don't expect miracles, though). Good
luck, and let us all know how the next one turns out. Kathy in Bryan,
TX From: Dave Sacerdote: I've found the most common cause of a tough
roast isn't the cut of meat or how you cook it, it's how you SLICE it.
When you carve, make sure you're cutting across the grain of the meat.
With a tied roast, this usually means that you have to change the
angle of your cuts as you go along. As for the dryness: I like to
slightly undercook a roast when I do it on the grill's rotisserie.
The meat continues to cook for a few minutes after coming off the
heat, as you know. Letting the roast rest for that time, like you
did, usually gives it enough time to "finish off" without drying too
much. Remember that when you're rotisserie cooking, the fat side of
the roast doesn't baste the meat nearly as much as a standing roast
where the fat side stays on top throughout the whole time.
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