Fantasy Football ’13 – 32 Teams – 32 Targets

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Now that the MLB All Star break is over and NFL Training Camps are about to open, it’s time to start thinking about Fantasy Football and the players you want to target in your draft. You need to figure out the ones to get and the ones to forget. Every team has at least one player that can help you win your fantasy league championship, this article will help you identify players from each team and when you should target them in your draft.

These players are not necessarily must-haves (but many of them are), they are the players that you can consider targets or get in the back end of your draft.

The word “sleeper” is like crack for fantasy sports players. Everyone wants a bargain, and wants to find that one player that no one else knows about. This is impossible in the digital age we live in, as every sports blogger and fantasy football player has an opinion on what and who should be called a “sleeper”.

Don’t get hung up in this term, but be informed.

You need to read up on the different NFL offenses, who the rookies are that will contribute right away, and you must have an understanding of who the backups are at each position, because injuries happen in the NFL. I hope that this article will help you with all of this and get you excited for your draft as the NFL season begins.

*Note: I am going to assume that you are in a standard league with a standard scoring system. (1QB, 2RB, 2WR, FLEX). Rate these players higher if you have a larger starting roster and deep bench.

 

32 Teams & 32 Targets

 

 

CARSON PALMER

Besides the JETS the Cardinals must have the worst offense in the league. But they do have Fitzy, and now they have someone to get him the ball in Palmer. Now I am not saying that you need to make Carson your QB1, but he will do fine for you in two QB leagues, and as a backup and bye-week fill in. If you can get him after the top 150 is off the board, great. Target him with one of your last picks around round #17.

 

 

JACQUIZZ RODGERS

Steven Jackson will thrive in this offense if all goes well with his health, but we all know that is a big if. He won’t be needed to rush for 1000 yards and the dirty birds will spell him often by doubleZ, jack. Rodgers will get a lot of touches, more than just on third down. He should be targeted in the middle of your draft as a handcuff especially if you draft Steven Jackson earlier.

 

 

 

BENARD PIERCE

He is a hard-charging, no-nonsense downhill runner, and much more of an inside than outside runner. He relies on vision, patience, and tackle-breaking ability. He plays the game hard, and last year it looked like it hurt defenders to tackle him. When Pierce entered the game, he seemed to inject energy into the Ravens’ offense. We can expect Pierce to play a weekly role similar to his during his 2012 stretch run. He’ll be a threat for 6-13 touches per game, handling change-of-pace-back duties, which makes him a backup to your backup and an RB4/5. If Rice got injured and Pierce received a chance to start football games, I would expect him to produce like a borderline RB1. This why you need to put him on your roster, especially if you draft Rice, he can be had rounds 8-10.

 

 

 

STEVE JOHNSON

I have to admit, I am not a big fan, but you cannot argue with 3 consecutive 1000 yard seasons catching the ball. He is talented for sure, and may play more in the slot this year. Those are the positives. The big negative is the fact that he talks too much and another one is that he has an unproven QB in EJ. If he falls to round 8 you should feel like you got a bargain as your WR3.

 

 

 

BRANDON LaFELL

Ok I am going out on a limb here and recommend you draft this guy. I know, I know, he has never lived up to the hype, but he has improved each year and this could be the one in which he puts it all together and proves all the haters wrong. Just like Johnson, I think he should be drafted, but don’t draft him until you are confident in your starting roster, and hope you catch lighting in a bottle.

 

 

 

ASHLON JEFFERY

The Bears offense will benefit from playing in new head coach Marc Trestman’s offense. Jay Cutler will improve as a passer making Alshon worthy of a mid round flyer. He has tremendous potential, (that is if he can stay on the field). Target him as your WR4 and if he falls out of the top 150 you got the steal of your draft. Expect to see him drafted at or about round 12.

 

 

 

MOHAMED SANU

Sanu starred as a possession receiver at Rutgers for three seasons and was drafted in the third round. He enters his sophomore season after breaking his foot in practice in week 13. He showed he was a red zone threat before going down with the injury. If he wins the WR2 position in Cincy, he could be a very nice addition to your fantasy squad especially if you get him after round 15. Bonus: I predict that Giovani Bernard is going to take the starting job from the law firm at some point this season and put up RB2 numbers. Don’t be afraid to reach and draft him top 100 or somewhere in rounds 7-9.

 

 

 

JOSH GORDON

If you draft someone from Cleveland not named Richardson, it has to be Josh. Last season, Gordon was one of three rookies with 800-plus receiving yards and has an uncommon blend of size (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) and speed (once clocked in 4.3 range at Baylor). Gordon is one of the league’s better big-play receivers and he was tied for eighth last season in yards per reception. But keep in mind that he will open the season with a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. And that hurts his draft stock. He is still a top 100 player and could do nicely as your WR4. The suspension will either be a wake-up call or the beginning of the end for him, but you should roll the dice if he falls out of top 100 and target in round 10.

 

 

 

JOSEPH RANDLE

Here is a player that you need to monitor closely during camp if he wins the #2 gig outright then move him up your boards. The handcuff to the off-injured Murray, Randle has the ability to make an impact as a third-down back almost immediately in the NFL. He has over 100 college career receptions and can contribute both as a receiver out of the backfield and running routes from the wide receiver position. He is a natural hands catcher with big soft hands that are more reliable than most wide receivers. He may go undrafted, but that will be a mistake. Draft him as your last RB if he is available and stash him until the inevitable injury to Murray happens.

 

 

 

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

Sure you have the addition of Wes Welker and the drafting of Montee Ball to talk about in Denver, (feel safe to draft either or both), but I decided to talk about their DST. Don’t worry that Elvis has left the building, they still have Von Miller who had 18 ½ sacks last year on his own. I like this team as a top 3 squad if not for just for the teams they play in their division. Draft them as soon as the Niners are off the board and start the run on DSTs.

 

 

 

RYAN BROYLES

All the talk out of Detroit is about the addition of Reggie Bush and how much he helps the offense. Sure I like Bush, but Broyles is the player that can make or break your team. He has the potential to have a breakout year. He is coming up on the eight-month anniversary of his ACL tear and is reportedly far ahead of schedule. If so, the man who Matthew Stafford calls a “chain mover” will push Nate Burleson to be the second-most targeted Lions receiver behind Calvin Johnson. Broyles has the look of a strong sleeper in PPR formats and you gotta grab him of he falls to into round 12, or you might end up with the likes of Santonio Holmes or Emmanuel Sanders as your WR4.

 

 

 

JAMES JONES

It seems like everyone is either talking about whether Eddie Lacy or Johnathan Franklin is the back to draft, or if Randall Cobb can have a repeat performance. This is leaving James Jones as the forgotten man in Green Bay. How can that be when he set career-highs last season in catches (64), yards (784) and led the league in receiving touchdowns (14). Now that Jennings is a Viking, you can bet on Jones getting more than last years 98 targets. Don’t reach for him because he probably won’t get you 14 TDs that many of your opponents will see on the stat sheet from last year. Because of those TDs, many of your league-mates will view him as their #2 WR and that’s about right, but if for some reason you are in round 7 and he is still available, go all in on Jones.

 

 

 

DeANDRE HOPKINS

He landed in a great spot in Houston and will likely be the starting number two wide receiver day one. He is 21 years old and has the size of the prototypical NFL receiver 6’1 215 lbs. Hopkins has excellent hands and has no history of durability concerns. DeAndre is both a physical player and a fierce competitor. He will go up and fight for the ball and fight for extra yardage. He is a great possession receiver with a strong work ethic. The club used it’s first-round pick on him and because the Texans do not hesitate to play rookies, he is the favorite to start opposite of Andre Johnson. Now all that is well and good, but Houston is a run-first team and when they do throw, they look for Andre the Giant early and often. It’s always a crap shoot when drafting rookie wideouts, keep an eye on him during the preseason and draft him to fill out your bench or you can take a chance on him as a darkhorse to be a Top 20 WR, which he has the skills to be, just don’t wait until after round 11 or you will not have his services this year.

 

 

 

DWAYNE ALLEN

I have to take a break from all the WR talk, so lets move on to a TE. Fleener had all the hype going into last year because he play college ball with Luck, but Allen had the better rookie season. The Colts have a new OC in Pep Hamilton who was Stanford’s offensive coordinator during Luck’s senior year and helped prepare him for the NFL. Hamilton has had several gigs in the NFL, including coaching positions with the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears. He was a QB coach at one point or another for all three of these teams. All this means that there will be Colts offensive players that take a step forward this year and I think Allen is going to be one of them. The TE position is really deep this year, and if you don’t land Graham, (or you are concerned about injuries) you can wait and get Allen deep into the draft like round 13 to be your backup.

 

 

 

JUSTIN BLACKMON* 

There is not a lot to like about the Jags offense, just like the MLB all star game, this article has to have atleast one player represented from each team. You can also see that there is a theme going, the so-called sleeper tag. Blackmon fits this category perfectly. Many of the managers in your league are going to pass on him because of his *4 game suspension to begin the season and they might be right because Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said Justin Blackmon (groin) may be limited at the start of training camp. Blackmon underwent groin surgery last month, and he was limited throughout OTAs and minicamp. However Blackmon is eligible to practice with the team and play in preseason games and finished his rookie season with 64 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns, getting nearly 30 percent of his yardage in a Week 11 game against an injury-depleted Texans defense. This is what I think you should do with Justin. Wait and see if someone reaches for him in the middle rounds, after the top 140 are off the board, take a look at your team needs and if you have all your starters in place take a chance on him, stash and hope for WR4 numbers, but don’t expect more.

 

 

 

DONNIE AVERY

The talk in KC is about new coach Andy Reid and new QB Alex Smith and the west coast offense they are going to run. The players that benefit from this the most will be Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe, but there is a new edition to the offense in Donne Avery. He is a deep threat and is coming off a rebound season in Indy. Dexter McCluster is projected to be the slot guy and if teams double team Bowe, they will leave the speedster to go one on one down the field. The big question is can Alex get it to him? He will most likely be there for you at the end of the draft if you think the answer is yes. most likely he is going to be on the waiver wire to start the season, but I don’t think he will be there for long.

 

 

 

LAMAR MILLER

Lamar Miller has the chance to be a breakout player this season. Miller is going to start for the Dolphins this year, and he has limited competition for carries. He has outstanding up-field burst, ability to squirt through traffic, and dangerous perimeter speed. Miller is a bona fide playmaker when he gets space on the outside. His straight-line acceleration jumps off the screen. He’s someone to draft as a RB3 with upside or if you draft two WRs early. Just keep in mind that he may not make it down the draft that far as he is being taken in the top 40 overall, which I think is a bit high. If he falls into round 4 or 5 and you are still looking for your second back, you got the makings of a great team with the addition of Miller.

 

 

KYLE RUDOLPH

The Vikings brought in Greg Jennings. Not only should he help quarterback Christian Ponder’s development, he should stretch the field, giving Rudolph more room to work in the middle of the field. That is good because Kyle is a Red Zone machine. In two seasons he has caught 20-of-23 red zone targets. Rudolph’s success is tied to Ponder, which is a bit scary, but as the six or seventh tight end coming off the board, he should be a solid value pick around round 8.

 

 

 

AARON DOBSON

By drafting Dobson, the Pats get a long, tall playmaker with long arms and sneaky speed. He will take over for Lloyd who had 130 targets last year. Also gone is Welker and of course the Killer, so he most likely will be thrust into the offense early. The rookie receiver has a nice combination of strength and size. His running style is smooth, and he can quickly get to top speed. He often will get past corners who underestimate him. His feet are fluid, and he demonstrates decent explosion into and out of his breaks. The best part of Dobson’s game is his ability to adjust to the football and make the catch with a defender all over him. He also could be thrust into a large role if Gronk and Amendola struggle with injuries this year, and they are no strangers to those. Most every team will be looking for a defense when he is still available, so wait and snag like he will do with footballs this year.

 

 

 

MARK INGRAM

With head coach Sean Payton back, I think Ingram could finally be poised for a firm role and possibly a breakout season. He was misused with Payton not there last year, but he played better in the second half and finished with 602 yards rushing and five rushing touchdowns. Ingram is New Orleans’ best inside runner. “Number one, I think he is healthy,” coach Sean Payton said of Ingram. “He is moving around real well. He looks sudden, and again this is all in shorts, but I’m excited to see him play this season. I think that obviously he will have an important role in what we do.” I know that Sproles is the guy in this spread offense, and Thomas is still there, but why not take a gamble on him if he falls out of the top 125, you could use him as a FLEX option if my prediction comes true. He will be lumped in with the vereens the lawfirms and the mendenhalls of the football world, and who would you rather have?

 

 

 

ANDRE BROWN

The Gmen have a new version of Thunder and Lightning, in Wilson and Brown. It worked pretty well for them in 2010 and will again this year. Wilson will get more touches, but this game is all about scoring and Brown had good value as a goal line back last year with eight rushing touchdowns on only 73 rushing attempts, he should keep that role even if Wilson is the starter. Keep in mind that Brown scored in all but 1 game he played and was averaging 5.3 yards per carry when a broken leg derailed his campaign. Now that he’s healthy, he wants to prove what he can do. And double digit TDs is what I am expecting. Makes for a better FLEX option than the previous RB and you can get him after the top 25 RBs are off the board in rounds 6-7, around the same time as the likes of the aforementioned.

 

 

 

CHRIS IVORY

There is not one player I would draft from this team. Check that, there is one, newly acquired Chris Ivory, formerly of the Saints. Ivory has averaged 5.1 yards per carry over three seasons in New Orleans, and scored a touchdown on average once every three games. The Jets are going to remain a run-first team, and Ivory is replacing Shonn Greene. Ivory is more talented and should be able to rush for around 1,100 yards and at least six touchdowns. Now what does that mean? His ADP is within the top 50 so that means he won’t go farther than the 5th round. You will have some decisions to make with your early pisks and if you go heavy on WRs you count on him after the top 50.

 

 

 

DENARIUS MOORE

Moore has consistently been the Raiders best wideout and finished the year with 51 receptions for 741 yards and seven touchdowns. That said, he plays for the Raiders and is the main question is Matt Flynn good enough to make him a consistent fantasy receiver? Coach Dennis Allen said he’s “counting on” Denarius Moore to be “our No. 1 receiver.” On paper, Moore looks primed for a big year as he enters his third NFL season. A special catcher of deep balls locked into an every-down role on a team that figures to be trailing a ton is a solid formula for statistics. However, Carson Palmer’s inconsistency held Moore to a 51/741/7 line last year and the quarterback play figures to be even worse this year. Matt Flynn isn’t a downfield passer, taking away Moore’s strength. Consider him a WR4 with upside and FLEX appeal. Depending on how your draft is going if you are looking for your fourth WR and he is there with pick #125 sure, why not? There will be a run on them in rounds 10-11 and you can find him there.

 

 

 

BRYCE BROWN

New coach Chip Kelly ran an extremely productive offense that highlighted tempo and speed during his time as offensive coordinator and head coach of the Oregon Ducks. Kelly prefers an up-tempo offense that has several periods of no-huddle. But he scoffs at the suggestion that he can’t dial it down and adjust to the game’s flow and tempo. “We’re not going to be no-huddle the entire season every single play,” he said.“There are certain plays we can call where we don’t need a defense to be set. There’s other plays where we need to make sure we get the right look to put us in the right play. So we don’t talk about that from a speed standpoint. We’ve never talked about we want plays snapped in X amount of seconds or any of that stuff. We never got involved in that.” It’s going to be exciting to see Brown’s role in a Kelly offense that historically utilizes more than one back. Brown has the potential to be a physically imposing downhill runner with breakaway speed. Brown’s size-speed combination can’t be coached, and that’s what gives him big-time NFL potential. Brown is so big that his open-field speed can deceive defenders. Another positive is his pass-catching ability. He has natural hands and catches the football with them as opposed to letting passes get into his body. I think he will be an ideal complement to shifty, elusive starter LeSean McCoy, and Brown could be an every-down sustainer if McCoy went down again. He should fall just outside the top 100. If you draft the Eagles starter, you need to have Brown as a handcuff so your team won’t be hurt by a devastating injury. You better be ready to get him when it is your turn in the 8th round when there will be a run on all the league’s back up backs.

 

 

 

Le’VEON BELL

Steelers selected him in the second-round for a reason. To replace Mendy and to carry the load like he did last year when he led the nation with 921 yards after contact. Montee Ball was second (887 yards), Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey was third and Johnathan Franklin was fourth. He will probably be the 1st STEELERS player of the board followed by Antonio Brown, who gets a chance as the team’s WR1 and looks to redeem himself after a down year. Bell is underrated as a receiver and has a very clear path to playing time, Issac Redman and him will compete for the starting gig, but I predict he is the back to own in Pittsburgh, even all media outlets covering the Steelers fully expect Bell to start in Week 1. Bell is the most talented of the slew of Pittsburgh backs, so he should get the bulk of the work. He’s also strong enough to benefit from short-yardage scoring opportunities. He could climb up the rankings quickly with a solid preseason and has the opportunity to be an impact back immediately. Bell is a top 20 RB and Top 75 overall and you should target him after you pick your starting roster about round 6.

 

 

 

VINCENT BROWN

There’s really nothing to love about the fantasy players in the San Diego offense. They haven’t fixed the O-Line, and there are question marks all over the place. Can Rivers actually throw the ball? Can old man Gates separate? Will DX’s knees hold up for the entire season? Who is going to win the WR2 and start across from him? So who do you draft from this team (if any)? All the chatter is about Brown, who is healthy after breaking his ankle/foot last preseason. Brown has been nothing short of fantastic during OTAs and minicamp, with soft hands and precise route-running that should place him ahead of Malcom Floyd, at least talent wise. If you have to draft one Charger, I like Vincent as your WR4/5 with the upside of WR2. Just don’t reach.

 

 

 

A.J. JENKINS

I am going with A.J. out of default. Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles this spring and is done for the season, opening up a starting receiver spot opposite new addition Anquan Boldin. Mario Manningham will likely miss the first six weeks of the season and Kyle Williams is the only other receiver capable of starting currently on the roster and he will be returning from an ACL injury. I’ll give credit to Jenkins for getting in better shape this offseason and also for working with Colin Kaepernick to gain a comfort level with his quarterback. That alone is not going to cause Jim Harbaugh to hand Jenkins the starting job. He will still have to earn it, and there is always the possibility that another receiver is added between now and the start of the season. He could surprise and 1000 yards receiving is not out of the realm of possibility, so go keep him on your draft boards and select him as your WR5/6, you can always drop him later if he doesn’t impress.

 

 

 

RUSSELL WILSON

Currently ranked outside the top 10 at QB, he won’t be heavily targeted on draft day, and this is a mistake. Remember what he did down the stretch? Last year Wilson led all rookie quarterbacks with 26 touchdown passes, plus he had 489 yards rushing and four rushing touchdowns. The downside was that he had only 3,118 yards passing (The Seahawks threw the ball less than most of the other teams in the league), but the addition of Harvin should increase those yards in 2013 and gives them a big-play threat that was largely missing last year for Wilson. Russell also ranked third in the league in rushing yardage for QBs as a rookie, so that’s another thing to love about him moving forward. Being ranked outside the top 10 shows the depth of fantasy QBs this season, so you can wait at the position and draft him once all the big names are off the board. I would feel comfortable picking him as my QB1 in round 6-7, while loading up on RBs and WRs when other teams are picking QBs.

 

 

 

TAVON AUSTIN

If there was ever a player that fit the “sleeper” category it is Tavon. He is a rookie, no stats to rely on, doesn’t have that name recognition, and plays in St. Louis. You need to have him on your draft boards because he is a home run threat every time he touches the ball. In addition, he has great hands and is deadly in space. He is a versatile player and the Rams will move him all around their formations to maximize the number of touches. The #1 concern on Tavon is his size a durability. Coming in around 5’8 and 175 lbs. he has to continue to play smart to have a lasting impact in the NFL. In combination with a young improving quarterback. I classify him as a high risk/high reward type of pick, but the upside is undeniable. St. Louis is a perfect fit for him since he should see plenty of snaps early on. Sam Bradford needs that type of security blanket that Wes Welker provided for Tom Brady for so many years, and Austin could be that. I say grab him in the 9th and start the run on project WRs.

 

 

 

MIKE WILLIAMS

Williams had a nice rebound season from his sophomore slump with 63 receptions for 996 yards and nine touchdowns. He is a solid fantasy wideout in the Bucs emerging offense and could be headed for a contract year. The Tampa Bay Times reports the Bucs and Mike Williams have been in “regular communication” about a contract extension, and are still “aiming to get a deal done.” If he does he will have less incentive to have a strong year, but should be solid again in 2013. Look for him to be around the 30th WR off the board and top 100 overall. He will make a nice WR3 for your team and must be drafted before the 9th when all your league mates are looking for their third WRs.

 

 

 

KENDALL WRIGHT

Kendall Wright is a promising young receiver and likely has a bright NFL career ahead of him. Last year he showed flashes of brilliance with 64 receptions for 626 yards and four touchdowns. Wright was utilized in the screen game and short-to-intermediate routes, (not exactly what he was drafted for after being taken in the first round with the 20th overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft), although he did lead the Titans in both targets (95) and receptions (64) despite missing one game. The speedster from Baylor was more accustomed to the deep ball during his college tenure, but developed into more of a possession receiver in 2012. While I think Kenny Britt is the better fantasy player he has durability concerns, making Wright the one you can get cheap and in the later rounds of your draft. The problem with both of them is that they are reliant on Jake Locker. The Titans also added another receiver in this year’s draft, second round Justin Hunter will eat into Nate Washington’s time and may take targets away from Britt and Wright. Rumors are that Tennessee is experimenting with a read-option offense; watch closely this preseason to see how it shakes out with all these playmakers. He will be there for you as your WR4, but will not survive the much talked about run in rounds 10-11.

 

 

 

FRED DAVIS

Unlike the Titans, I am unimpressed with the weapons that the Redskins have around their QB. We all know the injury that their passer is recovering from but in my mind the rehab that you need to watch in the nation’s capital is the starting tight end’s. An achillies injury is nothing to joke around about and watching Fred this preseason is vital. As long as his rehab progresses well, Davis could be a nice value in ’13. “Whenever a team can use something to their advantage, they always will and I think the injury is something a team can use to their advantage,” Davis told USA TODAY Sports. “But this is football. It’s what I love to do, and I love competition, so I don’t mind proving myself all over again.” Davis agreed to return to the Redskins on a one-year, $2.5 million deal, with an additional $1.25 million in incentives. The 27-year-old missed 10 games a year ago and has a checkered past when it comes to off-the-field issues. I believe him when he said that he will be highly motivated to prove himself once again. There’s room for him break into the top 10 at the TE position and land a significant contract in 2014. How his leg holds up in the preseason will determine is position in the draft, as of right now, you can expect him do be drafted late as a team’s TE2 with upside, you can probably get him while other teams are looking for their DSTs.
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Authentic Pit Beef

 

Pit Beef is essentially a juicy roast beef cooked on a grill. All manner of grills are used, charcoal, wood, and gas. The meat is a large hunk of beef, often from the rump, often top round, sometimes bottom round, and sometimes sirloin. It is rubbed with a savory spice and herb mix, usually cooked until it is dark and crispy on the outside and rare inside, sliced thin across the grain so there is a narrow crusty ring of flavor from the exterior in every bite. Then it is heaped on a roll. In order to get that authentic flavor, you should cook over charcoal, but pit beef can be done just fine on a gas grill. I recommend you throw in some smoke. This is usually a big hunk of meat so you need to get as much flavor as possible on the exterior because the interior doesn’t have much flavor other than simple beef. Rub and smoke just can’t penetrate very far.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 (5 pound) top or bottom round beef roast

For the Beef Rub:

2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons dried rosemary leaves
2 teaspoons dried thyme or oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon American paprika
1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
5 tablespoons olive oil

For the Sauce:

3 tablespoons jarred horseradish in vinegar
1/2 cup mayonnaise

The Bread & Toppings:

2 raw onions, peeled, ends cut off, sliced thin
10 kaiser rolls

 

PREPARATION

To make the rub:

Mix everything except the olive oil in a bowl. Store in a jar for use later or proceed to the next step if you plan to use it now.

When it is time to use the rub, you can use it straight, or mix 1 part of the dry rub with 1 part oil to make a paste. If you make a paste, let it sit for an hour so the oil can extract flavors from the herbs.

Pat the meat dry with paper towels (this is very important), pour the paste on and rub it in. You can cook right away, but if you can leave it sit for 24 to 48 hours it will penetrate a little better (but it will not go more than 1/4″ deep). If the meat has not been salted, then salt it liberally.

The Pit Beef:

Trim excess fat and any silver skin from the roast. The fat does not penetrate the meat. Meat is 75% water and fat and water don’t mix. And the fat blocks the rub and smoke from the meat. If your roast is funny shaped, tie it with butcher string to make it closer to uniform in thickness so it cooks uniformly.

Now take a look at the meat and figure out which way the grain is running because when it is done, you will want to slice it across the grain to reduce the chewiness. It is easier to find the grain when the meat is raw. In a baking pan, coat the entire surface with the rub, which is an oil based wet rub. I like to amp it up, especially if I use the lean cuts from the rump by injecting about 1 ounce per pound of beef injection (more on that later). You can cook right away, but if you let it sit overnight in the fridge, there will be slightly better penetration of the rub and the injection will have a chance to move around and distribute itself.

Mix the mayo and horseradish and let it sit for at least 30 minutes during the cook.

Set up your grill for 2-zone indirect heat and get the indirect side to about 225°F with the lid down. On a smoker, set it up to cook at 225°F. I know this is a lot cooler than most restaurants cook at, but stick with me. This will make meat more tender than most restaurants. If you wish, throw some wood into your grill for smoke flavor. I recommend it. Place the meat on indirect heat, close the lid and check the color on the bottom after about 30 minutes. If it is different than the color on top, roll it over. The cooking time will depend on the temp and the thickness of the meat. Shoot for about 115°F in the deepest part.

Then move it over direct heat to crisp up the crust, and roll it around every 5 minutes or so when the exterior gets deep mahogany. Don’t burn it. Watch the temp in the center and remove the roast when it hits 125°F for medium rare.

This reverse sear method will give you much more even color inside the meat, and a crisper crust that if you sear first.
Slice the meat thin across the grain for max tenderness. If you slice and the grain is running parallel to the slice, rotate the hunk and slice it across the grain. This is crucial! It may be hard to slice warm meat with a machine if you have one, so I slice mine by hand. Just shave it off. Don’t try to make large complete slices. The thinner the better.

After you slice it, you can throw a few slices back on the grill or in a pan for those who like it chewier and more well done.
Mound it high on the roll, drizzle on some horsey sauce, and scatter a few thinly sliced onion rings on.

Note: I recommend grated horseradish in white vinegar, from a jar or home made, but you can use the creamy version if you wish.

 

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