Upgrade Your Superbowl Eats, Part 2

Upgrade Your Superbowl Eats, Part 2

For more Superbowl food that is a bit more than nachos and wings and fat-dripping potato chips, I have to suggest one of my favorite easy-to-make foods, pit beef!

The original pitbeef is from Baltimore, where they grill beef over fire, sliced thin when ordered. My version is smoked, not grilled, and gets served with sour cream horseradish sauce and raw red onion slices. This takes the original and just adds a bit more smoke to the mix!

The day before the big game, make the sour cream horseradish sauce; it gets better the next day! For a cup of sour cream, add a teaspoon of champagne vinegar (use white wine vinegar as a substitute), salt and pepper, a handful of chopped chives and as much ground horseradish as you can take (freshly grated horseradish is best, but prepared works, too). Mix it all up, taste it and adjust as necessary. I like mine hot, so I use a lot of horseradish, maybe up to 1/4 cup.


Using a round roast (bottom round is my favorite), I salt and pepper the whole thing, and then add a bit of stone ground mustard lightly spread on the roast. I bring the grill or smoker up to about 225F with a good amount of wood chips (grill) or chunks (smoker) added. On a grill, the heat is set up for indirect cooking.

The reason for smoking vs. grilling is to let the roast get very evenly cooked across the whole slice… and rare at that! So it goes on the grill/smoker until it hits about 120F, about an hour or so, though timing will vary greatly depending on the size/thickness of the roast.

Once it’s done, the roast rests in foil for about 20 minutes, then gets sliced very thin using a meat slicer. If you’re not using a slicer, make sure your knife is very sharp, and carefully slice the roast, across the grain, as thinly as possible. This can actually all be done the day before the game, as the sandwiches are pretty good cold, too!

Using the bread/buns of your choice, stack the pitbeef up, adding a good dollop of sour cream horseradish sauce and some red onion slices. Put several on a platter and serve. Don’t be surprised if your pitbeef sandwiches aren’t the first things to disappear. I’ve made these over and over, and my friends and family swear they’re about the best sandwich they’ve ever had.

Livefire Pitbeef Sandwiches
Rare smoked beef sandwiches with sour cream horseradish sauce
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Sandwiches
Serves: 8
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 bottom round roast, fat trimmed
  • Salt and pepper
  • Stone ground mustard
  • 12 rolls/bread
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
Sour Cream Horseradish Sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup (or to taste) freshly grated horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 1 handful chopped chives
  1. Prepare gril or smoker for indirect cooking at 225F with pecan, apple, hickory or cherry chips/chunks
  2. Salt and pepper the roast and apply a thin layer of stone ground mustard
  3. Place the roast on the grill/smoker over indirect heat until it reaches 120F internal temperature.
  4. Remove the roast from the cooker and rest in foil for 20 minutes.
  5. Slice the roast very thin, pile onto buns/bread, add a dollop of sour cream horseradish sauce, red onion, and serve
Sour Cream Horseradish Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients the day before using, and taste for seasoning; adjust salt and pepper as needed.
  2. Refrigerate until needed.

About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.


  1. Great looking sliced beef. I normally smoke brisket and prime rib for sliced beef when cooking over a Fire Of Coals but I will give this round roast smoke a shot.

    Great recipe and really good pics. I will also give your tips on photography post a read.

    • Lawrence, this is much faster to do than brisket and a LOT cheaper than prime rib, but still delicious! It’s one of my most requested things to cook. For photo tips, I’m currently writing a series for Smoke Signals, an online BBQ magazine, with basic photo information. The third installment will be next month, but the last 2 issues have info on white balance and background clutter. If there’s anything in particular I can help with, I’m glad to… I may well not know, but I’m sure I can get a good answer for you.
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    • Oh, Smoke Signals can be found here: http://www.smokesignalsmagazine.com
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