Roast Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich

March 24, 2012

I felt like eating a grilled cheese. We had a nice piece of moose and some home-cured, home- smoked bacon. Why not make a roast, slice it, put it in a grilled cheese and top it with barbecue sauce?

For the roast I used moose, but grass-fed beef will work just as well. For the cheese, I went with Monterey Jack.

Barbecue Sauce

• 1 cup tomato ketchup
• 1/3 cup brown sugar
• 1/4 cup water
• 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
• 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
• 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• pinch hot smoked paprika

In a small saucepan mix all the ingredients together and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Set aside. Your sauce will keep for up to a week in the fridge.

Yields about 2 cups.

Beef Roast with Thyme and Paprika Rub

• 1.5 kg – 2kg beef roast
• 8 slices bacon
• 1 tablespoon paprika
• 3 sprigs of thyme, leaves only
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon dijon mustard

Preheat oven to 450°F.
Mix together the paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Put the roast in a pan and lay the bacon slices on top so they cover the roast and add a small glass of water in the pan. Brush the mustard on top of the bacon and then sprinkle on that the paprika/thym/salt/pepper. Rub the spices into the bacon gently with your hands.

Cook in the oven for 15 minutes then bring down the heat to 350°F cook until the center of the roast reaches 125°F (~52°C). For my 1.5 kg roast it took 25 minutes at 350°F.

Remove from the oven and let rest at least 15 minutes before cutting it.
Set the bacon aside.

Putting it all together

Take two slices of bread and butter them.
Thinly slice some of the roast beef.
Heat up a pan on medium heat.
Add one or two slices of bacon from the roast to the pan and one slice of bread.
Put the beef and a couple spoonfuls of barbecue sauce on the toasting bread.
Once the bacon is crispy, put it on top, add your favorite cheese, and top with the other slice of bread.
Flip the sandwich over and let is crisp up on that side for about 3-4 minutes.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

CountryWoodSmoke March 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

That’s making me seriously hungry.
The moose looks great, how does it compare with beef?
I’ve tried venison and reindeer and love them both.


Bryan March 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

I would say it tastes more like venison than beef.
Never had reindeer though!


Katherine @ eggton March 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I love the wood you’re photographing on! Is that new or have you had it? Such an awesome look.

The sandwich is beautiful. I have never–and probably will never–be in a position to say “We had a nice piece of moose and some home-cured, home- smoked bacon.” That is an awesome way to start a post. Alas, I will be making this with beef. Bet it’ll be delicious.


Bryan March 25, 2012 at 9:53 am

It’s an old table/bench I had, still solid.


Chelsea April 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm

i almost laughed out loud to at the statement of having a nice piece of moose laying around. oh, for the day…. i so wish i had access to a wider varieties of meats and ingredients. looks wonderful though!


Amrita March 25, 2012 at 2:12 am

So totally my kind of food.

This reminds me of one of my favourite places, Salt Beef. Open-faced, salty beef slices, sliced pickles, Gruyere cheese….piece of heaven.


Kevin (Closet Cooking) March 25, 2012 at 3:52 am

Now that is a nice looking grilled cheese!


myfudo March 26, 2012 at 3:11 am

My dad will want me to send him another serving…This is his fave! of all time! 😉


Glenn March 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm



Rachel @ Bakerita March 28, 2012 at 4:56 am

It’s 1 AM, and I would kill to have one of these in front of me right now. That looks heavenly! I am making these as soon as it’s a reasonable conquest. Yummy!


John Wilson March 30, 2012 at 2:44 am

This looks AMAZING. I absolutely love the idea of using bacon and mustard on the roast. If a sandwich like this can’t make you happy I don’t know what would. I would personally use a little more vinegar but that’s probably a southern thing. 🙂


Josh March 20, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Brian, that looks incredible.


Josh March 20, 2013 at 11:50 pm

I spelled your name wrong Bryan, sorry man


Bryan March 21, 2013 at 9:21 am

Hahah thanks Josh!


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