Recipe: Mock Tender Roast (Paleo, SCD/GAPS)

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Sometimes I like to change the cut of beef I get from my farmer just to try something a little different. I ordered the Mock Tender Roast and was pleasantly surprised to find that it has a very good taste. Braising it in a dutch oven with homemade beef stock tenderizes it and adds good nutrition to the gravy. I think you’ll like this cut of beef!

The meat is cut along what is called the chuck primal, which is the area of the animal that begins at the neck, includes the shoulder and ends at the fifth rib. It is also known as the chuck steak, chuck tender steak, or shoulder tender. It is a slightly different cut than a typical chuck roast with a different flavor.

If you are eating a lot of braised meats, this is a good one to try.

Mock Tender Roast



Instructions for the roast

  1. On top of the stove, heat the dutch oven to medium, melt some tallow or lard and gently brown all sides of the roast
  2. Remove the roast from the pot and hold it aside in a large bowl
  3. There should be plenty of fat in the pan — add all the vegetables except the garlic and saute until somewhat soft
  4. At the end, for a minute or two, add the garlic until fragrant
  5. Add the meat back in on top of the vegetables
  6. Add the beef stock, the water and the bay leaf and any other herbs you may like
  7. The liquid should immerse the meat more than half way
  8. Cover the dutch oven and put inside the stove at 275 degrees F for 1 1/2 hours
  9. After cooking, remove the pot from the oven
  10. Take the meat out of the pot, put it on a plate and let rest on the counter
  11. Slice with an electric knife when it has rested but is still warm (if you let it get cold it is very hard to slice)

Instructions for the gravy

  1. Remove all the meat from the dutch oven
  2. Put a strainer over a large pot
  3. Pour the gravy into the pot through the strainer
  4. Take about half the vegetables (I usually pick out the pepper corns and the celery and discard them) and put back in the pot
  5. Using an immersion blender, blend the vegetables with the liquid gravy
  6. This will thicken the gravy without using any starches or flours and it tastes great
  7. Put the vegetables that you saved, back into the gravy
  8. You now have a thick and savory gravy with vegetable pieces (you may want to add salt to the gravy or at the table)
  9. When refrigerated, this gravy will gel due to all the collagen and gelatin in the stock and the meat
  10. To reheat just put all the sliced meat in a large pot with the gravy and heat gently on a low temperature

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  • Linda February 25, 2013, 9:15 am

    I have never heard of mock tender roast. I will have to ask my farmer about it.

  • Judy @Savoring Today February 25, 2013, 9:35 am

    I have used mock tender roast and it is quite good, I like it for beef curries because it is more lean than chuck. It is also good stew meat. 🙂

  • April @ The 21st Century Housewife February 28, 2013, 1:08 am

    I had not heard of mock tender roast before either – but I often use chuck steak so I’m very intrigued. This recipe sounds really delicious.

  • Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) February 28, 2013, 9:58 pm

    Learned something new! I didn’t know about Mock tender roast! Thanks for kicking off a great party this week! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

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  • Diane Balch March 2, 2013, 7:15 pm

    New cut to me… great how you tenderize it with homemade stock. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  • Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers March 5, 2013, 3:52 am

    My parents raised grass-fed beef when I was growing up. There are so many interesting a delicious cuts that get over looked. Your roast looks delicious! Thanks for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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  • Michelle July 22, 2013, 5:23 pm

    Did you really mean a 5-6 GALLON dutch oven? I haven’t seen any that big that I’m aware of.

    • Jill July 22, 2013, 8:16 pm

      Haha — quart. I fixed it.

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