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When I asked our oldest child what she wanted for Thanksgiving dinner, she said, “Roast Beef” 😲. What you say?? Well, I honestly can’t blame her one bit. You see, a few weeks ago I made my “Perfect Roast Beef Recipe” and she has been begging me to make it again, ever since. She is a huge meat lover, and loves all meat, but this really takes the “roast”. Maybe you’ll understand better once you take a look at how good the roast beef looks…

{Don’t miss several more recipes at the end of this post that would pair perfectly with roast beef, or turkey!}

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I am not a roast beef expert, but for some reason my roast beef really comes out like I am a roast beef expert. I guess that does make me a roast beef expert 🤔.

Not only is my roast beef savory, and juicy, it’s also very easy to make. You can even go do your Christmas shopping while you wait for it to cook. I am not joking with you. Let me explain.

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The Secret to Cooking the Roast Beef

The secret to this “Perfect Roast Beef Recipe”, is the cooking method. Not to worry though, there are no special kitchen appliances to buy or figure out. Nope, all you need is a roast beef (I explain what “cut” below), a few spices, and a baking dish. Oh, and an oven of course.

The secret is that I cook it at a very high temperature for 5 minutes per pound, and then I turn the oven OFF. BOOM. LIGHTS OUT. OVEN GOES OFF. You heard that right. You turn the oven off, and you go relax, or do whatever you want, just don’t open that oven sister, until I tell you to below in the recipe.

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I know, I know it sounds impossible that this would work. I mean how does the roast beef cook if you turn the oven off? Trust me, as long as you do not open that oven to peek 👀, it will cook, and it will cook perfectly. Just look at how gorgeous it turns out…

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I should also mention that this is a savory recipe. The coating on the roast is a tad salty, so if you prefer different seasoning, go for it. I will tell you that we all think the salt, pepper, and garlic even each other out and pairs beautifully with lower sodium sides. This roast beef is perfect for roast beef sandwiches, too.

I’m posting this recipe 2 weeks before Thanksgiving because I think many folks actually do not enjoy turkey. It’s okay, we don’t have to all like turkey. Heck, I can’t get my son to eat turkey or roast beef. Trust me though, if you add on a roast beef to your traditional Thanksgiving turkey feast, don’t you think a few of the carnivores in your family will hug you???

What Cut of Roast Beef Should I Use?

I use “Beef Round Eye Round Roast” from Costco. They sell them with 2 roasts in one package (I freeze them separated). One of these roasts would feed a family of 6 easily, with probably leftovers. $11 is a great price for a roast beef in my opinion. There are more expensive, fattier cuts out there, but I started with this one, and I love how juicy and lean it is. When you slice this roast beef you need to cut it thin. This is not a thick slicing roast beef.

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Perfect Roast Beef Recipe

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Savory, juicy and tender roast beef every single time without much effort.

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time1 hour 45 minutes

Total Time1 hour 55 minutes


  • 1 beef round eye round roast (approximately 3-3.5 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 6-8 garlic cloves minced


Preheat your oven to 500 degrees. Place roast beef in baking dish fat side up. Mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl and form a paste to spread all over roast with clean hands. Put roast in oven for 5 minutes for every pound, and then turn off your oven (so a 3 pound roast needs 15 minutes before you turn oven off). Do not check on the roast, and do not open the oven. I repeat, DO NOT OPEN OVEN. Allow the roast to cook and remain in the oven for 1.5 more hours after you have turned off the oven. After 1.5 hours take roast out of oven and using a meat thermometer make sure internal temperature has reached 145 degrees (if not put back in oven until it does). Allow to sit for 20 more minutes before slicing it very thin with a serrated knife.


TIP: If you don't know the weight of your roast beef, weigh yourself with and without the roast beef in your hand, and that should give you a rough idea.

Perfect Roast Beef Recipe

Before you go, my friend Jane from Cottage at the Crossroads is also here to share one of favorite traditional Thanksgiving side dishes using sweet potatoes! This would pair lovely with my roast beef…

Grated Sweet Potato Pudding

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Low Carb Mashed Potatoes

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Balsamic Green Bean Recipe

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What is the most tender and tasty beef roast? ›

Tenderloin. The most tender roast of all—it's under the spine— with almost no fat or flavor. It's tapered in shape, the middle being the "center cut." The labor involved and waste produced in trimming and tying a tenderloin drives up the price. Top sirloin roast.

Is roast beef supposed to be red? ›

Cuts of beef should be matte, dry and red in colour, with abundant flecks of marbling throughout and a ribbon of fat along the edge. Any fat on the meat should be white or cream coloured and feel firm and waxy.

What makes a better roast beef? ›

An eye of round roast is a type of rump roast, and many rump roast options create excellent roast beef. These cuts have a very beefy flavor, which is one of the reasons they're so popular. For the best outcome, slow cooking or slow roasting is best to help the meat break down and become tender.

Should you cover roast beef with tin foil? ›

When cooking a roast in the oven, keep it uncovered until roasted to the desired doneness. After removing from the oven, tent with foil and let stand 15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, preventing them from draining out during carving—and preventing dry, disappointing meat.

Does roast beef get softer the longer you cook it? ›

But after time the collagen will break down making it tender, especially if the meat is cooked with moisture. If you take a 2″ thick steak and put it in a 350° oven for 20 minutes it will toughen up. If you put some water in there and leave for another hour it will get tender.

What type of beef roast falls apart? ›

A perfectly cooked beef joint makes a wonderful centrepiece for a Sunday roast or Christmas dinner. To cook it until it's so tender it falls apart, you'll need to choose a joint like chuck and blade or beef brisket and either braise, slow roast or slow cook it for at least a couple of hours.

Why is my roast beef still red after cooking? ›

Myoglobin breaks down during cooking and causes meat to be brownish in color when cooked to well done (170+ F). Meat at lower degrees of doneness such as rare (140 F) and medium rare (145 F) has not fully denatured and still provides some red or pinkish red color to the cooked meat.

How do I cook a beef roast without drying it out? ›

Do you cover roast beef when cooking? You should cover a beef roast with kitchen foil for at least part of the cooking time. This stops the roast beef from drying out too much during cooking.

Why is my roast beef so red? ›

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When exposed to air, myoglobin forms the pigment, oxymyoglobin, which gives meat a pleasingly cherry-red color. The use of a plastic wrap that allows oxygen to pass through it helps ensure that the cut meats will retain this bright red color.

Should roast beef be cooked fast or slow? ›

She starts the roast at a high temperature to get browning for flavor, and then lowers the oven temp and cooks the beef "slow and low" for a couple hours. This slow roasting method at low heat is good for tougher cuts of beef; the lower heat prevents gristle from getting too tough.

What can I add to my roast to make it taste better? ›

13 Ways To Add More Flavor To Pot Roast
  1. Include Coca-Cola. Delphix/Shutterstock. ...
  2. Add dill pickles. Nadezhda Murinets/Shutterstock. ...
  3. Use Dijon mustard. Goskova Tatiana/Shutterstock. ...
  4. Make a harissa version. Lika Mostova/Shutterstock. ...
  5. Drop in some ginger snaps. ...
  6. Brown the meat first. ...
  7. Shop for the right cut of beef. ...
  8. Pile on the fruit.
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What is the most flavorful roast? ›

The Rib-Eye Roast is the boneless center cut of the rib section. Very well-marbled, tender and flavorful, it is the most desirable and the most expensive of the roasts.

Is it better to cook a roast at 325 or 350? ›

When roasting meat and poultry, set the oven temperature to 325°F (163°C) or higher. Explore the charts below to learn how to get great results every time you cook.

Do you put water in the pan when cooking roast beef? ›

Do not cover your roast or put any water in the pan. A meat thermometer is another important tool. If you have an ovenproof one, insert it into the thickest part of the beef, usually the center. An instant read thermometer works, too, but don't leave it in while the meat is cooking.

How long does it take to cook a roast beef at 350 degrees? ›

Beef Roasting Guide
Type of roastOven temperatureCooking time
Sirloin strip roast Whole350°F1½ – 1¾ hours
Sirloin strip roast Half (5-6 lbs)350°F1¼ hours
Top sirloin roast Whole350°F12-15 mins / lb
Top sirloin roast Half350°F17-20 mins / lb
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How do you pick a tender roast beef? ›

For a fall-apart roast beef in the slow cooker, you'll want to choose a cut of beef that is well-marbled and has a good amount of connective tissue, as these qualities contribute to tenderness and flavor when slow-cooked.

How do you pick a tender roast? ›

If you're out in the grocery store, look for cuts with "Chuck," "Shoulder," "Rump," or "Round" in the name. Next, notice the quantity of white fat. Remember, fat = tenderness and moisture. Lean roasts with less fat will shine in recipes with extra moisture/liquid added, especially in the slow cooker or pressure cooker.

How do you make roast more tender? ›

A surefire way to make a tender, juicy pot roast is through braising; that is, cooking the meat in a small amount of liquid in a tightly covered pot at low temperature. Stove top roast recipes can be customized with your choice of herbs, vegetables, potatoes, and liquid braising mixtures.

What is the difference between chuck roast and top roast? ›

While both are large, tough cuts of budget-friendly beef, the main difference that sets these two roasts apart is where on the animal they're cut from. Top round roast is cut from the rear leg and is more lean than chuck roast, which is cut from the shoulder and contains more fat.

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