Smoked Rump Roast

Delicious rump roast smoked low and slow on your backyard smoker or grill over hickory wood. Prepared in a simple dry rub seasoning, this easy BBQ recipe is the perfect choice for holiday dinners or weekend family gatherings.

smoked rump roast recipe

This smoked rump roast recipe is set to be the star of your next barbecue dinner. With its rich beefy flavor, this lean meat cut becomes irresistibly tender and juicy when cooked slowly over smoke. Our easy-to-follow method uses a garlic and paprika dry rub, adding layers of taste that meld beautifully with hickory wood smoke.

From choosing the best smoking wood to resting your beef, discover how to smoke rump roast from scratch. Let’s get cooking!

smoked rump roast

What is Rump Roast?

Rump roast is a beef cut from the cow’s hindquarters (just above the hindlegs) and forms the top part of the round primal cut. Because this part of the animal isn’t well-worked, rump roast is rich in connective tissue, making it extremely tender and juicy. It’s also a lean beef cut, meaning that it needs to be cooked low and slow to bring the best out of it. That’s where barbecue smoking comes in.

While you can buy rump roast bone-in (also known as standing rump roast), boneless rump makes it easier to prepare and also keeps smoke times shorter and more consistent across the roast.

How to Smoke Rump Roast

Smoking rump roast is quite simple and can be done in just a few steps. Full ingredients and temperatures can be found at the end of this post, but the five key steps are:

  1. Fire Up: Preheat your smoker to 225°F (107°C). If you’re using a charcoal grill, make sure you’ve set up for 2-zone cooking and have plenty of room on your grates on the indirect side for your roast.
  2. Meat Prep: Use a paring knife to trim any excess fat off the rump roast, but do not remove the fat cap that sits on top of it.
  3. Dry Rub: Pat the beef dry with paper towels and then coat with our dry rub seasoning blend
  4. Smoke: With your smoker warmed up, place the roast on your smoker grates and cook to either medium rare or medium doneness
  5. Rest: Pull your rump roast from the smoker and allow it to rest for 15 minutes before slicing to serve
smoked rump roast

Best Wood for Smoking Rump Roast

When you are selecting wood for smoking a rump roast, you have many options to choose from. The best and most popular choices are either oak or hickory, and will bring an additional level of smoky flavor to your beef.

If you are looking for a sweeter taste, try blending in some applewood with hickory. While you will still have a smoky flavor, it will be mixed in with a subtle level of sweetness.

smoked rump roast

Time and Temperatures

Our rump roast will be smoked at 225°F (107°C) until it reaches an internal temperature of 130-135°F (54-57°C) for medium rare, or 140-145°F (60-63°C) if you prefer medium doneness. There’s no hard and fast rule for how long this takes since factors like meat size, smoker performance, and even the weather can all impact cook time. However, in general, this should take about 30 minutes per pound, so at least 2 hours for our 4lb roast. Always use a digital meat probe to measure meat temperature.

smoked rump roast
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Smoked Rump Roast

Delicious rump roast smoked low and slow on your backyard smoker or grill over hickory wood. Prepared in a simple dry rub seasoning, this easy BBQ recipe is the perfect choice for holiday dinners or weekend family gatherings.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 4 lbs rump roast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Dry Rub

  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin powder


  • Preheat your smoker to 225°F (107°C)
  • Remove the rump roast from the refrigerator and allow it to get to room temperature
  • Combine the kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and cumin in a small bowl to make the dry rub
  • Coat the rump roast with the olive oil, then sprinkle the dry rub over all sides of the meat, gently massaging the rub into the surface
  • Place the rump roast in the smoker and smoke for approximately 2-3 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 130-135°F (54 – 57℃) for medium rare or 140-145°F (60 to 63℃) for medium doneness
  • Remove the rump roast from the smoker and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving

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