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Roast Beef Recipe: How to Cook a Perfect Roast Beef


How to Cook Roast Beef Recipe: Aka Cook’s Illustrated Slow Roasted Beef Recipe

Looking for the answer to, How to cook roast beef? This perfect roast beef recipe is good for sirloin tip or a similar roast, but not for chuck roast, which needs to be roasted differently. This is an unconventional way of roasting beef, but I first heard of this method from the experts at Cook’s Illustrated. They recommend it and for me, it’s worked every time!

This method for the perfect roast beef recipe involves cranking up the oven to 500 degrees. Cooking the beef at this high temperature develops moist, flavorful meat.

Here’s my recipe on the original version for the perfect roast beef.

Select a three to four pound roast beef. Season the beef with salt and pepper (if it’s real lean, I first rub it with some Canola or olive oil and then season it).

Preheat your oven to 250 F and place the rack in the lower middle

Chose an oven proof pan and brown the roast beef on all of the sides.

Transfer to preheated 250 degree oven.

Roast Beef Recipe

Roast beef recipe: Perfect in a Le Creuset

Roast until internal temperature reaches 110 F. This will take 45-60 minutes for a 3-4 pound roast.

With the roast beef still in the oven, increase heat to 500 degrees and cook until internal temperature reaches 120 for rare, 125 for medium rare or 130 degrees for medium. This will take up to 20 minutes.

Let the roast beef rest in pan, covered with foil, about 15 minutes. Serve with pan juices.

Tips from Rita’s kitchen:
• Put several slivers of garlic in the meat – make incisions with a sharp knife.
• Add a little dry red wine or beef broth. You can also toss in some root vegetables, like a quartered onion, turnip and/or carrot, even a rib of celery for more flavor.
• Nervous of high temperature? Do it the old fashioned way: brown on top of stove and roast at 350 until you get the right temperature.

Rita’s recipe for How to Cook a Perfect Roast Beef.

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  1. Elizabeth

    I am assuming that the pan is not covered during the entire cooking time?

    1. Rita

      In this roast beef recipe, the pan is not covered, but, you can also roast it at 350 (see note below recipe) and then you can cover the roast beef after browning on top of the stove. Le Creuset is a good vessel for this technique.

  2. Jan.

    Could I do this entirely on stove top as I do a whole chicken on stove top in a Le Creuset Covered pot?

    1. Rita Heikenfeld

      You might try it and let me know how it turns out. But I would turn the heat down low once the meat is browned. Is that how you do your whole chicken?

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