How To Cook Melt in the Mouth Roast Beef with Gravy (2023)

Need an easy roast beef recipe for a Sunday roast or special occasion? This easy recipe will produce the juiciest and most tender roast beef, with minimal effort! Follow our tips and tricks for the best results every time.

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No matter the occasion, this roast beef can be a show stopper every time. Slow cooking beef for a while makes for an incredibly delicious and hearty meal. Home cooks rejoice, we have you covered with the best recipe for deliciously flavorful and tender roast beef!

If you're looking for more beef recipes for a special occasion, be sure to check out this creamy steak and seafood skillet, these delicious Swedish meatballs, or this delightful steak appetizer with blue cheese, bacon, and sweet potatoes!

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  • 💭Frequently asked questions
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  • 🥔What to serve with roast beef
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❤️Why you'll love this

  • Simple ingredients: This recipe calls for everyday cuts of meat, pantry staples, and seasonings. Anything you don't have can be found at nearly any grocery store.
  • Serve a crowd: If you're cooking for multiple people, you're going to love this recipe. Everyone will have perfectly seasoned, tender and juicy roast beef on their plate. Save yourself time and effort by making a large serving that everyone can have.
  • Minimal effort: This roast comes together in a couple of simple steps. Start by seasoning it well, then searing it in a hot skillet to seal in the juices, then roast. While this roast does need some time in the oven to get tender, that also means you can work on other things while you wait for the roast. Finally, take the pan drippings while the roast rests to make the perfect gravy. It comes out amazing every time!

🐂Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you will need. Please note, that the seasonings can be adjusted to suit your taste.

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✏️Ingredient Notes

Please see the recipe card for quantities and nutritional information.

  • Beef roast - Use your favorite cut of meat here. We used a bottom-round roast.
  • Garlic cloves - Fresh garlic is going to be the best. We add whole cloves to the braising liquid and discard them before finishing the gravy to infuse lots of flavor.
  • Beef broth or stock & red wine - To create a very flavorful braising liquid that will be transformed into an awesome brown gravy at the end.
  • Butter and olive oil - We use both. We start with olive oil to get a nice sear on the beef roast. Butter is added later on to create the gravy.
  • Seasonings - We use a simple blend of kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and dried thyme for this roast. Feel free to add in any other seasonings you like. The blend we use is very flavorful, but still neutral enough to go with all of your favorite sides!
  • Fresh thyme - To add to the braising liquid for flavor and to garnish later.
  • Bay leaves
  • Worcestershire sauce - To infuse tons of savory flavor into the gravy.
  • Dijon mustard - Adds a bit of zing to the gravy.
  • Heavy cream - To make the gravy ever-so-slightly creamy, and give the gravy a beautiful shine.
  • Xanthan gum - Or any other thickener of choice like flour, arrowroot powder, or cornstarch.

📖Instructions

🔪Prep work

  • Preheat the oven to 250°F.
  • Peel garlic cloves.
  • Measure out stock, wine, seasonings, and herbs.
  • Dry the roast really well with paper towel to make sure it's completely dry before seasoning it.

Season the roast

In a small bowl, combine most of the salt, and pepper. Then add in all the garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and thyme. Season the roast really well on all sides. Reserve a bit of salt and pepper for later.

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Sear the roast

Heat a cast iron skillet or large dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the olive oil, and sear roast on all sides until brown. This will take roughly 10 minutes, then transfer meat to a plate.

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Prepare the braising liquid

To the skillet, deglaze it by adding about half (2 cups) of beef broth and red wine and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.Then add the beef back to the pan.

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Add in garlic cloves, bay leaves, and thyme sprigs.

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Roast the beef

Add to the oven with a meat thermometer and let it cook uncovered until the temperature reaches between 115°F to 120°F. This can vary a lot depending on the size of your roast, which is why we recommend a meat thermometer. For us, this took about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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Tent the beef and rest

Remove the roast from the pan, set it on a plate, and tent the roast with foil. Leave the thermometer inside to monitor the temperature. Allow the roast to rest tented for at least 15-20 minutes. This will ensure all of the juices stay locked in.

You will want the roast to reach between 120°F - 130°F for rare to medium rare before serving just depending on your preference.

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Make the gravy

Meanwhile, while the roast is resting, prepare the gravy. Remove the bay leaves, garlic cloves, and thyme from the pan and discard. Add the remaining beef stock, butter, and heavy cream, and allow the sauce to simmer over low heat, stirring to scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

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Whisk in the Worcestershire sauce and dijon mustard. Sprinkle in xanthan gum slowly to thicken the sauce, simmer for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to not let the gravy boil, as this will curdle the cream. Adjust seasonings to taste. You will know you’re ready when the gravy coats the back of a spoon.

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Now, it's time to cut the beef into thin pieces, serve with your favorite sides, and douse with gravy. Enjoy!!

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✨Tips & tricks

Here are our top tips for how to cook melt in the mouth roast beef. If you follow our suggestions, you can't miss!

  • Don't overcook the beef. Roast beef is meant to be served rare to medium-rare. We don't recommend cooking the meat beyond medium-rare, or the meat will become dried out, tough, and less flavorful.
  • Do not undercook the beef either. Undercooking the meat can also be a problem, as roast beef needs to cook for a while to become flavorful and tender. If you undercook the beef, not only is this potentially unsafe, but it will also be a little tough or chewy.
  • Use a meat thermometer. We know this may not be something you want to hear, but oven-safe thermometers are the key to making sure your dishes come out perfectly every time!
  • Take the meat out about 5-8°F before it has reached its target temperature. Smaller roasts will probably only increase about 5-6°F after cooking when tented and resting, so keep this in mind if your roast is under 4 pounds. If you cook the roast all the way to it's target temperature, it will continue to cook for awhile outside of the oven, and therefore will become overcooked when it's time to eat.
  • Cook low and slow. We don't recommend trying to speed up this process with a higher oven temperature. As we've mentioned, this will dry the roast out.
  • Don't skip searing. Searing the outside helps lock in flavor and juices, as well as creates a flavorful brown gravy, as some of the brown bits stay in the pan and get deglazed later.
  • Don't skip the braising liquid. This helps infuse both the roast and what will become the gravy with loads of flavor. Plus, the braising liquid helps keep the beef nice and moist while it cooks.
  • Don't skip tenting the meat & resting. We know it can be tempting to dig right in, but you want to lock in all of the flavor and juices of the roast beef, as well as allow the beef to continue cooking. Resting and tenting the meat with aluminum foil is crucial to a juicy and tender roast beef.
  • Season the roast heavily. Don't be shy! You want to make sure to use a lot of seasoning, since roasts are very thick cuts of meat. You want to infuse as much flavor as you can into the roast.

💭Frequently asked questions

How much roast beef should I have per person?


About ½ a pound, or 8 ounces is a good rule of thumb for meat per person. For those with big appetites, you may want about ¾ a pound or 12 ounces per person.

Can I sear the roast with a string on?

Yes, assuming that is cotton or safe to withstand heat. The string is meant to keep the roast in place so it's easier to carve later on for a better presentation, so we recommend keeping it on.

If the roast comes in a plastic netting, you should not sear the meat with it on, but be aware, that the roast may fall apart.

What are the best cuts of meat to use for oven roast beef?

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Some popular cuts include bottom round roast (like we used), rump roast, top round roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, sirloin tip roast, and more.

Keep in mind that these tougher cuts of meat will need to cook at a low temperature for a long period of time in order to be juicy. No one likes overcooked roast beef!

A good general rule of thumb for a large cut of beef is the slow method. In other words, the best way to cook cheaper cuts of meat is low and slow. This is the same method we would use when making a pot roast.

You can also use more premium cuts of meat like beef tenderloin, or ribeye roast, also known as prime rib, which is popular during the holidays. These cuts will be supremely tender when cooked properly.

✨Substitutions

If you follow a different diet type, don't worry! We have a few suggestions.

  • Worcestershire sauce - This can be swapped for soy sauce.
  • Red wine - If you don't drink or cook with wine, feel free to swap it for beef broth or stock 1:1.
  • Xanthan gum - Is our favorite gluten free thickener, and we always use it to thicken our gravies, as well as help bind together many of our baked goods. You can also use all-purpose flour for a more traditional thickener. More gluten free options include cornstarch and arrowroot powder.
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🥔What to serve with roast beef

Roast beef can be accompanied by a variety of sides, here are some of our favorites!

  • Maple glazed carrots
  • Redskin mashed potatoes
  • Smashed potatoes with garlic and herbs or fingerling potatoes
  • Bacon wrapped asparagus bundles
  • Creamy mashed turnips
  • Roasted balsamic and bacon brussel sprouts
  • Creamed pearl onions

♨️temperature guide

Please note, that we can't guarantee cook times when reaching these temperatures. It may take less time with a smaller roast, or more time with a larger roast, which is why we suggest using a meat thermometer. As mentioned, these are target internal temperatures, and the beef roast should be taken out of the oven 5-8°F before the target temperature is reached.

  • Rare - 120°F- The center of the roast will be cool to warm, very tender, and a red to pink color.
  • Medium rare - 130°F- This is generally considered the "perfect cook" on most cuts of beef. The center will be red and warm.
  • Medium - 140°F- This cook will have a hot pink center, and the roast will be slightly firmer in texture. We find this to be a little over cooked.
  • Medium-well - 150°F- The roast will be mostly brown and firm in the center.
  • Well done - 160°F+- Finally, this cook will have absolutely no pink color in the center. It will be completely brown, firm, and very dry. We don't recommend cooking your roast to this temperature.

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🥣Storage & reheating

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

To reheat in the oven: wrap the leftover roast in foil, then reheat gently in a 250°F oven until the internal temperature reaches about 120-125°F. This can take some time, anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on how much beef is left. This helps to keep the beef juicy.

You can also reheat gently in the air fryer, on the stovetop, or in the microwave, but these will cook the meat faster and potentially dry it out, so be careful.

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Need an easy roast beef recipe for a Sunday roast or special occasion? This easy recipe will produce thejuiciest and most tender roast beef, with minimal effort!

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Servings: 6 people

Author: Briana

Ingredients

For the beef roast:

  • 3 pounds bottom round beef roast (or your cut of choice)
  • 1.5 tablespoons kosher salt, divided (to taste)
  • 1.5 teaspoons coarse black pepper, divided (to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the braising liquid & gravy:

  • 32 ounces beef stock, divided (4 cups)
  • 4 ounces dry red wine (can be replaced with more beef stock)
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum (to thicken the gravy)
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 250°F. In a small bowl, combine most of the salt, and pepper. Then add in all the garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and thyme. Season the roast really well on all sides. Reserve a bit of salt and pepper for later.

  • Heat a skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the olive oil, and sear roast on all sides until brown. This will take roughly 10 minutes, then transfer meat to a plate.

  • To the skillet, add about half (2 cups) of beef broth and red wine and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.Add the beef roast back to the pan, then add in thyme, garlic cloves, and bay leaves. Add to the oven, uncovered, and cook using a meat thermometer until the temperature reaches around 115 - 120°F to enjoy the roast medium-rare.

  • Remove the roast from the pan, set it on a plate, and tent the roast with foil. Leave the thermometer inside to monitor the temperature. Allow the roast to rest tented for at least 15-20 minutes, and allow the temperature to reach 125°F - 130°F depending on your preferences. Don't skip this step.

  • Meanwhile, prepare the gravy. Remove the bay leaves, garlic cloves, and thyme from the pan and discard. Add the remaining beef stock, and allow the sauce to simmer over low heat. Add in the butter, and the heavy cream, and then whisk in the Worcestershire sauce and dijon mustard. Sprinkle in xanthan gum slowly to thicken the sauce, simmer for 10-15 minutes. Don't allow the sauce to boil or you will curdle the cream. Adjust seasonings, and when the gravy coats the back of a spoon, you're ready.Cut the beef thin, and serve with gravy and sides of choice. Enjoy!

  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat gently.

Notes

  • Always use a meat thermometer to ensure the proper internal temperature is reached. Undercooking or overcooking your meat will result in tough or dry meat.
  • Take the meat out and tent it about 5-8°F before the target temperature is reached depending on the size of the roast. Larger roasts will come up in temperature more than smaller roasts.
  • Don't skip searing, tenting, and resting the meat, which allows for the temperature to come up properly, as well as seal in the juices and creates flavor.
  • Please view extensive notes and details in the body of the post.

Nutrition

Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 2283mg | Potassium: 1154mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 416IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 6mg

These nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy and are only estimates. We cannot guarantee the accuracy.

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FAQs

Do you put liquid in with roast beef? ›

Do not add water or liquid and do not cover the roast. Covering the roast would result in more steaming than roasting in the oven so we cook a beef roast uncovered. Test Kitchen Tip: A roasting pan is a shallow pan specifically designed for roasting.

How do you cook beef so its tender? ›

Cook It Slowly

This is certainly true when it comes to notoriously tough cuts of meat like beef brisket and pork shoulder. Cooking these cuts of meat slowly, either by braising, stewing or grill roasting, is the best way to get these tasty cuts of meat meltingly tender.

How do you keep beef moist when roasting? ›

Giving the beef time to rest is key to keeping it tender and juicy. When the meat comes out of the oven, leave it in the roasting pan on top of the rack, covered lightly with aluminum foil for at least 15 minutes, which also happens to be the amount of time it takes to make gravy.

How much liquid do you put in a roast? ›

So, add your roast to the roasting pan. Then pour beef stock into the skillet, about 2 cups per roast. You're going to want the liquid to go halfway up the roast in the roasting pan so the amount really depends on the size of your roast and the size of your roasting pan.

How long to cook beef so it falls apart? ›

Add the stock pot and enough boiling water to come a third of the way up the meat (rinse out the frying pan with it to collect any residual flavour). Transfer the meat to the oven, cover with a lid and cook for 6 hrs turning once or twice during cooking, until really tender.

How long should you slow cook a roast in the oven? ›

Step 4: Cook low and slow! In the oven, cook at 275°F for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours (depending on the size of your roast). In the slow cooker, cook on LOW 8-10 hours, Meat should be falling apart–that's how you know it's done!

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

"Often, consumers will inquire about adding water to the bottom of their roasting pans. We do not recommend adding water to the bottom of the pan. Cooking a turkey with steam is a moist heat-cook method and is acceptable, sure, but is not the preferred method for cooking your turkey."

How long should you roast beef for? ›

Weigh the joint (with any stuffing, if using) in order to calculate the cooking time. If you like rare beef cook the joint for 20 minutes per 450g plus 20 minutes, for a medium result cook the meat for 25 minutes per 450g plus 25 minutes and for a well done joint cook it for 30 minutes per 450g plus 30 minutes.

Should you cover beef with foil when roasting? ›

It Helps to Keep the Meat Moist

If you will cover the beef with aluminum foil during the cooking, you will keep the beef moist because the steam that will evaporate, will remain under the foil and you will get a juicy piece of beef meat.

Does beef roast get more tender the longer it cooks? ›

Does chuck roast get more tender the longer you cook it? It does! The secret to an incredible beef chuck roast recipe is to let it cook for long enough. I cook my chuck roast for 6 hours and 20 minutes, and by the time it's done it's fall-apart tender with soft carrots and potatoes all cooked in the same pot.

What to add to beef to make it tender? ›

8 simple tips to make meat softer
  1. Utilize the meat tenderizer. A quick and easy method is the use of the meat tenderizer. ...
  2. Cover the meat with coarse salt. ...
  3. Acid marinade. ...
  4. Marinade with fruit puree. ...
  5. Slow cooking in a pan. ...
  6. Grilling. ...
  7. Add the coarse salt halfway through cooking. ...
  8. Use baking soda.

Should roast beef be cooked covered or uncovered? ›

Don't crowd your meat in the pan – leaving some space around and under the meat allows it to heat evenly. To give your meat a flavourful crispy exterior, cook uncovered on a rack set in a shallow roasting pan. Don't add water!

How do I make sure my roast isn't dry? ›

Test your roast with a fork before you remove it from the pot. If it is done, the fork will go in easily and you'll be able to twist off a forkful of meat. It if is still firm, return the roast to the pot and continue cooking for another hour. Another problem is overcooking the pot roast, leading to dry meat.

How do you cook beef so it doesn't dry out? ›

Baste meat every 30 minutes while it cooks to keep it moist.

This should help keep it from drying out and make it more flavorful. This is especially helpful for larger selections of meat, like roasts, but you can also use it on steak, pork chops, or even a simple chicken breast.

Does roast mean covered or uncovered? ›

Also, roasting tends to be done in an uncovered roasting pan, whereas baked goods may sometimes be covered. When it comes to temperature, roasting requires a higher oven temperature of above 400°F for the cooking process, while baking takes place at lower oven temperatures around 375°F and below.

How do you make a roast more tender? ›

Simmering in a little bit of liquid or broth is a great way to tenderize. Acidity can also be your friend here. A little bit of vinegar and lemon juice in the liquid can help you tenderize the meat. It adds moisture, but it also cooks the meat.

How do you cook a roast in water? ›

Place roast on top of vegetables. Place 3 bouillon cubes randomly on top of the roast and pour in 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours or on High for 4 to 5 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the roast should read 145 degrees F (65 degrees C).

How do you cook roast so it falls apart? ›

Slow braising the pot roast along with the veggies in the oven for 3-5 hours. This beef pot roast in the oven should be cooked for AN HOUR PER POUND for that insanely fall-apart tender meat.

At what temperature does roast beef fall apart? ›

Chuck roast should be cooked to an internal temperature of 190-195 degrees F to be fall apart tender. The high internal temperature allows collagen to break down, making the meat melt in your mouth tender.

Why is my beef still tough after slow cooking? ›

Slow Cooker Problems #1: Meat comes out dry / tough.

It's also possible that the meat simply cooked too long. Generally, start out with about 1 to 1.25 hours per pound for cooking on high and 1.25 to 1.5 hours per pound for cooking on low.

What is the best temperature to cook roast? ›

Regardless of the size of your roast, aim for cooking at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), for 20 minutes per pound. After resting for 15 to 20 minutes your roast should reach its final internal temperature, which could be 5 to 15 degrees higher than when removed from the oven.

Is it better to slow cook a roast on low or high? ›

PRO TIP: It's better to cook pot roast on the low setting rather than the high setting when it comes to pot roast. Your meat will be tender and delicious every time.

Is it better to cook roast fast or slow? ›

The longer you cook a chuck roast or other fatty, tough roast, the better the results, as the connective tissues (which make it tough) break down in the meat over time. If you have a leaner cut like a rump roast, sirloin roast, or rib roast, a quick-cooking method is better.

Should I put anything in the bottom of my roasting pan? ›

The next time you use a rack, try putting a cup or two of liquid in the bottom of the pan when you begin roasting. Add water, wine or broth to about an eighth of an inch high in the pan. You may need to replenish it during cooking. This will keep drippings from scorching.

When cooking a roast does the fat go on the bottom or the top? ›

5. Place roast fat side up / bone side down on the rack. Placing your roast fat side up lets the fat melt and flow down, moistening the meat as it cooks. There are debates on whether the fat would be enough to baste the lean meat as it melts down, but it makes the surface crispier.

How much water do you put in the bottom of a roaster? ›

Preheat roaster oven to a temperature 20°F below the recommended cooking temperature. Carefully place 1 to 2 cups of water in the removable roaster insert pan, not in the base unit. Open the liner and dress the insert, skirting the liner over the sides of the electric roaster.

How do you tell when a beef roast is done? ›

Press the outside centre of the meat lightly with tongs. If it feels soft and springy it's in the medium-rare range. If it feels slightly firm and springy it's medium. Any firmer to touch and its on its way to well done.

How do you know when beef is done? ›

The easiest and most accurate way to determine the degree of doneness is to use a meat thermometer. Always measure the temperature at the centre of your beef cut, regardless of its size.
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Use a meat thermometer
  1. Rare 60°C.
  2. Medium rare 60–65°C.
  3. Medium 65–70°C.
  4. Medium well done 70°C.
  5. Well done 75°C.

How do I know when beef done cooking? ›

Pierce the thickest part of the meat with a fork or skewer and check that: The juices run clear. It is piping hot all the way through (it should be steaming) There is no pink meat left.

Which side of the foil touches the meat? ›

According to Reynold's Kitchen, the difference in appearance between the two sides of aluminum foil is simply a result of manufacturing and serves no real purpose. Meaning, whether you are cooking your food with the shiny side up or the dull side up, you're doing it right.

Which side of the foil goes towards the meat? ›

In short, science says it makes no difference at all, and there is no correct or incorrect way to use aluminium foil, as confirmed by Robert L. Wolke in What Einstein Told His Cook and America's Test Kitchen. You can place either side in either direction whether cooking or freezing food with aluminium foil.

What is the best method in order to cook the beef faster? ›

Pan frying and stir frying

Pan and stir frying is a quick, easy way to prepare your beef any time of year. Pan frying is a fast cooking method involving a small quantity of hot fat, such as oil or butter, and typically high heat and shorter cook times.

Should I cook beef on high heat? ›

For a blue or rare steak, keep the heat reasonably fierce for the whole cooking time. For medium-rare or medium steaks, lower the temperature to medium after the initial browning.

What liquid makes meat tender? ›

The acetic acid in vinegar breaks down meat fibres and makes them more tender and flavoursome. Method: Add a tablespoon of white vinegar to your cooking liquids or soak your meat in vinegar before you cook it.

How do you make meat tender and juicy? ›

Marinate: Marinating your steak in acids or enzymes breaks down the fibers and tenderizes the steak. To marinate the meat in an acidic solution, add lemon juice, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, or buttermilk to your marinade and let the steak soak in it for thirty minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the cut.

How do I make cheap beef tender and delicious? ›

How to make cheap cuts of beef tender and delicious
  1. One way to deal with tough muscle fibers is to simply break them apart. ...
  2. Another option is to go with a dry brine, which means to salt the meat well in advance of cooking. ...
  3. Some recipe publications have also touted the idea of using baking soda to tenderize beef.
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Should beef be sealed before roasting? ›

The key to cooking the perfect roast beef is sealing your roast all over first. This locks in the flavour and gives it a nicer appearance. Pot roasting without sealing runs the risk of a joint reminiscent of school dinners. You also need to let it rest at the end of cooking to reabsorb moisture and firm up.

How do you make a roast in the oven? ›

Set Your Oven to the Right Temperature.

In general, use low (250°) to moderate (375°) heat for large roasts so they'll cook evenly and slowly (high heat would burn the outside of the roast before it's done on the inside).

Does meat cook faster in the oven with the lid on or off? ›

Covering them helps them cook faster and also keeps them moist by holding in steam. You can also use this approach with breaded meats and stews. Once the dish is bubbling and hot, remove the lid if you want to brown the top. Otherwise, you can leave the lid on from start to finish.

Should roast be completely covered with liquid? ›

It doesn't matter if it is covered or not. The inside of the slow cooker will be warm enough to cook the meat. Braising (not submerged) and simmering (submerged) are two methods which both can lead to good results.

How do you add moisture to beef? ›

You can add a little bit of water or broth to a pan and simmer the meat for a few minutes. The goal is to allow the liquid to penetrate the meat without allowing it to overcook even more. This should take a couple of minutes. If you add a couple tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice, this also helps revive the meat.

Is it better to cook meat with lid on or off? ›

Whether you've got a gas or charcoal grill, with the grill uncovered, you can get a crustier char on the exterior of meat without overcooking the center. A closed grill will cook meat all the way through to the center for a more uniform doneness.

Does covering meat with foil cook faster? ›

Wrapping your brisket in aluminum foil speeds up cooking time and keeps in the meat's fat and juices, leaving it tender. It also helps keep the temperature constant, allowing it to cook evenly. However, timing is crucial when using tinfoil, especially for those who like their meat slightly crispy.

What is roasting cooking method? ›

Roasting is a slow-cooking process, using indirect, diffused heat to cook its ingredients. It is a dry-heat cooking method where hot air surrounds the food and cooks it evenly on all sides at a temperature of at least 300 °F (or 150 °C). The heat can also be derived from an open flame, an oven, or another heat source.

How do you tenderize beef before roasting? ›

Use a meat tenderizer or small mallet to break tough muscle fibers, by literally pounding the beef (you can wrap the cut in pieces of plastic wrap to keep this from getting messy). If you don't own a mallet or tenderizer, use a fork to pierce holes into the surface of the beef to help a marinade absorb more quickly.

Does meat get more tender the longer it slow cooks? ›

Does meat get more tender the longer you cook it in a slow cooker? Not if you're using a leaner cut in the slow cooker, like chicken breast or pork chops. To help keep these cuts moist, decrease the cook time to 2-4 hours.

What is the most tender and tasty roast? ›

Tenderloin Roast

The most tender beef roast that is well known for being lean and succulent. Easy to carve with its fine texture. Learn more about this beef cut here.

Do you put water in tray when roasting beef? ›

Do not add water or liquid and do not cover the roast. Covering the roast would result in more steaming than roasting in the oven so we cook a beef roast uncovered.

How much water should you put in a roast? ›

Cook's Notes. Oven method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In step 1, use a 5-quart Dutch oven or ovenproof pot with a tight-fitting lid; add 2 cups water. Cover; bake until roast is tender, 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

How long do you have to cook beef for it to fall apart? ›

Cook the roast for 3-5 hours until the meat is fall apart tender. If the meat is not falling apart, it needs to cook longer. When the meat is done, take it out of the pot and set aside. Scrape the fat off the top of the beef liquid.

How do you make meat soft and fall apart? ›

8 Simple Ways to Make Tough Meat Tender
  1. Physically tenderize the meat. ...
  2. Use a marinade. ...
  3. Don't forget the salt. ...
  4. Let it come up to room temperature. ...
  5. Cook it low-and-slow. ...
  6. Hit the right internal temperature. ...
  7. Rest your meat. ...
  8. Slice against the grain.
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Does roast get more tender the longer you cook it? ›

Does chuck roast get more tender the longer you cook it? It does! The secret to an incredible beef chuck roast recipe is to let it cook for long enough. I cook my chuck roast for 6 hours and 20 minutes, and by the time it's done it's fall-apart tender with soft carrots and potatoes all cooked in the same pot.

How do I make my roast tender? ›

Cooking time varies depending on the size of your roast. For a 2-3 lb roast, cook in the oven for 2-2 ½ hours. If using a slow cooker, you can add seared beef to the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7 hours. Pressure Cook on high for about 45 minutes or until the beef is tender.

What is the minimum cooking time and temperature for roast beef? ›

Cook in 325F oven for 20-25 minutes per pound. Remove from oven, let rest 10-15 minutes, carve and serve.

Does beef get softer the longer you cook it? ›

Both factors are influenced by the cut of meat you choose and how long the meat is cooked. The more a muscle is used, the stronger, and therefore tougher, the cut of meat will be. And the longer meat is cooked, the more liquid it loses and the tougher it becomes.

What do I do if my beef is too tough? ›

Simmer in liquid. Just like for burnt meat, if your meat gets tough and dry then you can simmer it in a little bit of broth for a couple minutes. Don't allow it to overcook again but just allow the liquid to penetrate the meat.

Is it better to cook a roast on low heat or high heat? ›

Turn the heat down, way down, and cook it for a long time. Roasting beef at 225 degrees, about 100 degrees lower than most recipes call for, produces a much better roast than one cooked at higher temperatures.

What temp is roast most tender? ›

Internal meat temperature should be at least 195 °F / 90 °C for tender beef. Prepare the chuck roast: Sprinkle the salt and pepper lightly over the roast on all sides.

How long is too long to slow cook a roast? ›

You'll want to check it after 6-8 hours. When it is fork-tender (meaning that it all but falls apart when you stick a fork in it), it's done. If you cook it for too long, it will dry out, even sitting in a bath of beef broth. But don't stress about it… it really is hard to over-cook a roast in a slow cooker!

How much water do you put in a slow cooker when cooking a roast? ›

Place roast on top of vegetables. Place 3 bouillon cubes randomly on top of the roast and pour in 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours or on High for 4 to 5 hours.

Is it better to bake or roast a roast? ›

When making foods that have a solid structure (vegetables or meats), you should roast the food. If you're making foods that aren't solid before cooking (cake, bread, etc), you should bake the food. While both methods use dry heat, the process and the temperatures can vary due to the structure of the food.

Do you add water to beef when cooking? ›

Add enough water to cover the meat. If the meat stays in clumps, break it apart with a wooden spoon until it is in small crumbles. Slowly bring to a boil, stirring often so the meat stays separated. Lower the temperature, cover and simmer until the meat is brown and cooked.

Do you need liquid to slow cook beef? ›

There is no need to cover the meat in liquid when cooking with a slow cooker, you only need enough liquid to cover the base of the slow cooker as the meat and vegetables will release liquid as they cook.

Does beef have to be covered in liquid in slow cooker? ›

Reduce liquid when using a slow cooker

It should just cover the meat and vegetables. Don't overfill your slow cooker, or it may start leaking out the top, and the food won't cook so well.

Do you add water to beef? ›

There is no added water in any fresh, unprocessed beef. Beef is washed during slaughter, but the small amount of water would be absorbed on the surface of the meat, not bound to the protein or inside the tissue and would quickly evaporate or drip out. Beef is often ground while partially frozen.

How do you properly cook beef? ›

Monitor the heat

If the heat is too high, your beef may get overcooked on the outside, yet undercooked on the inside. Use medium heat with most dry-heat cooking methods, such as grilling and sautéing, and medium-high heat for stir-frying. Low heat is ideal for moist-heat cooking methods, like braising.

How do you make meat moist when cooked? ›

Simmer in liquid. Just like for burnt meat, if your meat gets tough and dry then you can simmer it in a little bit of broth for a couple minutes. Don't allow it to overcook again but just allow the liquid to penetrate the meat.

Do you have to brown a beef roast before slow cooking? ›

"Browning, or caramelizing, meat before putting it into a slow cooker isn't one hundred percent necessary, but it is well worth the effort for the most flavorful and full-bodied end result," he says. "The caramelized surface of the meat will lend rich flavor and color to the finished dish."

Does cooking beef slowly make it more tender? ›

Yes, there are scientific reasons to back up the fact that slow cooked meat is better. Tenderness in meat comes from the melting of collagen – the connective tissue protein present in meat. When collagen melts, it turns into gelatin, a rich liquid that gives meat a lot of flavour as well as a silky texture.

Do you put meat on bottom of slow cooker or top? ›

Layer wisely: For even cooking, cut food into uniform-size pieces. Place firm, slow-cooking root vegetables like potatoes and carrots at the bottom of the crock and pile the meat on top.

Do you need to add liquid to meat in slow cooker? ›

One of the most common slow cooker mistakes is adding liquid to every recipe, but unless you're making a soup or stew, you really don't need extra liquid.

Can you open the lid when slow cooking? ›

Don't open the lid during cooking!

Slow cookers work by trapping heat and cooking food over a long period of time. Every time you remove the lid, the slow cooker loses heat, and it takes a while to heat back up. Follow this tip: Unless it's noted in the recipe, there's no need to remove the lid.

How much water do you need for beef? ›

Do you know what food has the largest global water footprint? Beef. It takes approximately 1,847 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef — that's enough water to fill 39 bathtubs all the way to the top.

How long does it take to cook beef in water? ›

Depending on the quantity, size and the cut of meat you use, the beef should be fully cooked at about 30 minutes in total. NOTE: You do not need a lot of water for this recipe, meat produces its own liquid, adding too much water would just water down the flavour of the overall dish.

What does baking soda and water do to beef? ›

Briefly soaking meat in a solution of baking soda and water raises the pH on the meat's surface, making it more difficult for the proteins to bond excessively, which keeps the meat tender and moist when it's cooked.

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