Perfectly Tender Oven-Baked Rump Roast (2023)

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Tender, juicy oven-baked beef rump roast coated in a delicious brown sugar Worcestershire spice rub with fresh crushed garlic, salt, and pepper. The perfect main course for beef lovers.

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If you are looking for a flavorful, tender beef roast that is perfect for the holidays or any time of year, this classic recipe will not disappoint. This recipe calls for brown sugar, fresh crushed garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper to be rubbed into a 3-4 pound rump roast for some seriously decadent beef!

One of the best things about winter is that you can make delicious, hearty meals in your oven and heat your house at the same time, too! This is, hands down, one of my favorite recipes to cook during this time of year. When I tell you that it is a perfectly tender rump roast, I am not exaggerating. It’s so easy to make; the oven pretty much does all the work for you!

Why You’ll Love This Oven Baked Rump Roast Recipe

  • It’s tender, juicy, and has an amazing beef flavor!
  • The brown sugar Worcestershire spice rub is delicious!
  • It’s perfect for the holidays or any time of year.
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Equipment Needed To Make This Beef Rump Roast

  • Small bowl
  • Roasting pan
  • Meat thermometer
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife

Ingredients For Your Tender Brown Sugar & Worcestershire Rump Roast

  • Beef Rump Roast

Spice Rub/Marinade:

  • Olive oil – Fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil is my favorite to use for this recipe
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Brown sugar – Light or Dark works just fine
  • Garlic cloves – You can press the garlic yourself or use already minced garlic from a jar
  • Salt – I used sea salt for my roast but table salt works perfectly
  • Black pepper – Coarse or ground
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How To Make A Tender Beef Rump Roast In The Oven

Step 1: Prep Your Beef Roast

  1. Take the roast out of the fridge and unwrap it at least 1 hour before you plan to put it in the oven. We will be adding the topping right away. We want to allow it to rest with the marinade on it and come to room temperature so that it cooks more evenly.
  2. Mix the worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, garlic, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Set this aside.
  3. Rub the roast with olive oil.
  4. Rub the worcestershire sauce mixture over the entire roast.
  5. Allow the beef roast to rest at room temperature for the full hour.
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Step 2: Cooking Your Rump Roast In The Oven

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place roast directly on the middle oven rack, fatty side up. Place a roasting pan on the rack below to catch the drippings.
  3. Cook in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 325 degrees for the remaining cook time.
  4. Cook for about 15 minutes per pound. A 3 pound roast will need about 1 hour total (45 minutes more at 325 degrees) and a 4 pound roast will need about 1.5 hours total (1 hour, 15 minutes more at 325 degrees). However, the thickness of the roast will influence the cook time. So check the temperature of the roast when you are nearing the end of the expected time.
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Step 3: Serving Your Beef Roast

  1. Insert a meat thermometer to check for doneness. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit for a roast done medium. (130 degrees is for rare meat, 155 is well done meat – keep in mind that well-done meat may be more tough) Remember that the temperature will continue to rise slightly after you remove the roast from the oven.
  2. If you have any liquid on the bottom of the pan, save it if you’d like to serve the roast au jus.
  3. Place the roast beef on a cutting board. Cover it with aluminum foil.
  4. To have the juiciest pot roast, allow the cooked roast to rest for 15 minutes before carving into thin slices with a sharp knife.
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What to Serve/Pair with Your Rump Roast

If you’re looking for a complete comfort meal pair your beef roast with a big heaping pile of mashed potatoes and gravy, Velveeta broccoli casserole, some fluffy, buttery yeast rolls and finish it off with pecan pie brownies!

Popular Substitutions & Additions

  • If you want to add a little more tang to your spice rub, dry mustard powder can be added. You’ll want to use about a tablespoon, or if you want to add a little more sweetness, dark brown sugar is the way to go.
  • Try adding sliced onions, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, or other root veggies if you like adding veggies when cooking your beef rump roast. You will want to add them around the last hour and a half. Make sure the veggies are all at room temperature, so you don’t bring down the oven’s temperature.
  • If you are not a fan of Worcestershire sauce, try soy sauce! It has the same flavor profile and can be substituted one to one in most recipes.

How To Reheat & Store Cooked Rump Roast

Best Way To Store Oven-Baked Rump Roast Leftovers

If you are able to salvage any leftovers, you’ll want to store them in an airtight container in an au jus that was produced while cooking to keep it tender or wrap it in tin foil.

How Long Will Beef Roast Last In the Fridge?

This beef roast should stay good in the fridge for 4-5 days after roasting.

Can I Freeze Rump Roast Once it’s cooked?

Yes!You can freeze it for up to 6 months, but it will be the best quality if you freeze it for no more than 3 months.You will want to wrap it tightly in aluminum foil and make sure it has cooled completely to avoid frostbite and excess moisture.

How To Reheat Your Rump Roast Without Drying it out

One of the challenges of reheating a roast that has already been cooked is moisture loss. You’ll want to avoid this by using a slow cooker to slowly bring it back up to temp with a bit of beef broth or au jus. You can also place it in a baking dish with about 1/4 cup of beef broth, cover with foil, and heat it until just warm at 325 degrees. The broth will help keep it tender and juicy.

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Oven Roasted Rump Roast FAQs

How long should you cook a rump roast per pound in the oven?

If you have a rump roast that weighs less or more than 3-4 pounds, you’ll adjust the cooking time. A good rule of thumb is 30-35 minutes per pound at 350°F or until it reaches the desired internal temperature.

How do I know my rump toast is done?

Depending on how “cooked” you like, your meat will dictate when it’s done. You will need a meat thermometer to accurately gauge the internal temp. 145°F makes for a nice medium roast and helps keep it tender and juicy. If you like your meat DONE, then you will want to cook it until it reaches 155°F – this may result in a drier, tougher roast.

If you like a nice med-rare, go for 135°F. Keep in mind the cooking process continues after it is removed from the oven, so you may want to take it out just shy of the desired internal temp.

What’s the best way to slice beef rump roast?

When it comes to slicing large cuts of beef, it’s best to slice it across the grain in slices no more than 1/4 of an inch thick. This will give you more tender pieces of meat. It seems crazy, but how you slice your beef can make all the difference in texture, chewiness, and tenderness.

Could I make this roast in a crockpot?

Yes! The slow method of a crock pot (or slow cooker) is another great way to produce tender roast beef . You may want to sear the meat before placing it in the crock pot. Oil and season the meat. Place a cast iron pan (or a dutch oven, or even a large skillet) on the stove top and heat it to medium-high heat. Sear the roast on each side, until it is browned. Then place it in the crock pot. You will need to add liquid to the pot. I would recommend 2 cups of beef broth (or substitute red wine for ¼ cup of the beef broth). You could even add some potatoes and carrots for a complete easy dinner. Cook it on low heat for 8 hours, or on high heat for 5 hours.

Could I make this roast in my Instant pot?

Yes!You will want to saute the roast first, which you can do right in your instant pot, using the saute function. Add a Tablespoon of oil to the instant pot, turn on the saute function, season the roast and then set it into the hot oil. Turn it so that all sides brown. This will add great flavor to the roast. Remove the roast so that you can deglaze the pan. Add 1 cup of beef broth (or stock) to the pot and deglaze the pan (use a wooden spoon to free up the brown bits that are on the bottom of the pot). Return the roast to the instant pot. The cook time will be 20 minutes per pound. Allow for at least 10 minutes of natural pressure release.

I can’t find a rump roast – what other cuts of beef will work with this recipe?


Tough cuts work well with this recipe because of the slow cooking. You do not need lean meat to get the perfect roast beef. Chuck roast or round roast will work just as well.

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I don’t care for Worcestershire sauce – is there something else I could use?


Feel free to use a mixture of your favorite herbs. Rosemary and thyme are especially nice with roast beef.
What is the best way to reheat roast beef? Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Wrap the meat in foil or place it in a baking pan with some of the juices from the meat (or beef broth). Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid or tin foil. Heat it until heated through (10 to15 minutes).

I don’t have any liquid in the pan below my roast to make au jus – what can I do?


Beef broth, or beef stock make a fine alternative to au jus. Or you could prepare a broth using beef bouillon cubes or powder. This will be helpful if you are planning to use the leftovers for roast beef sandwiches and you need something to dip them in.

Should I use light or dark brown sugar for the spice rub?

You can use either dark or light brown sugar for this recipe. Dark brown sugar is heavier on the molasses (it has twice as much) giving it more of a caramel flavor. Depending on the flavor profile you are going for is which one you should use.

Can I use regular white sugar if I don’t have brown sugar?


I don’t recommend using white sugar in place of brown sugar for this recipe. Honey would be a better substitute and goes well with the Worcestershire sauce.

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Perfect Side Dishes for Your Rump Roast

  • Velveeta Broccoli Casserole
  • Crack Potatoes
  • Carrot Casserole

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Oven Baked Rump Roast Recipe

This beef rump roast is tender, juicy and tastes amazing with a brown sugar and Worcestershire glaze. Just throw it in the oven to bake and you're done!

4.54 from 41 votes

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Easy Dinner, Oven Baked, Rump Roast, Tender Rump Roast

Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Resting Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes

Servings: 8 people

Calories: 358kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 lb Rump Roast
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil extra virgin
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 cloves Garlic pressed
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Take the roast out of the fridge and unwrap it at least 1 hour before you plan to put it in the oven. We will be adding the topping right away. We want to allow it to rest with the marinade on it and come to room temperature so that it cooks more evenly.

  • Mix the Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, garlic, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Set this aside.

  • Rub the roast with olive oil.

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  • Rub the Worcestershire sauce mixture over the entire roast.

  • Allow the beef roast to rest at room temperature for the full hour.

  • Heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Place roast directly on the middle oven rack, fatty side up. Place a roasting pan on the rack below to catch the drippings

  • Cook in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 325 for the remaining cook time.

  • Cook for about 15 minutes per pound. A 3 pound roast will need about 1 hour total (45 minutes more at 325 degrees) and a 4 pound roast will need about 1.5 hours total (1 hour, 15 minutes more at 325 degrees). However, the thickness of the roast will influence the cook time. So check the temperature of the roast when you are nearing the end of the expected time.

  • Insert a meat thermometer to check for doneness. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit for a roast done medium. (130 degrees is for rare meat, 155 is well done meat – keep in mind that well-done meat may be more tough) Remember that the temperature will continue to rise slightly after you remove the roast from the oven.

  • If you have any liquid on the bottom of the pan, save it if you’d like to serve the roast au jus.

  • To have the juiciest pot roast, allow the cooked roast to rest for 15 minutes before carving into thin slices with a sharp knife.

Notes

Storage Instructions:

  • Refrigerate leftover roast beef for up to 4 days. Store it in an airtight container, or wrap it in tin foil. You may freeze it for up to 6, but it will be the best quality if you freeze it for no more than 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 503mg | Potassium: 853mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 5mg

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FAQs

Does rump roast get more tender the longer you cook it? ›

Unlike Prime rib, the Rump Roast isn't as naturally tender. Allowing the roast to cook for a long period of time helps the connective tissues break down and melt into a tender and delicious dish! The longer you cook the roast, the more tender it will get.

Do you cover a rump roast when cooking in the oven? ›

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 long does rump roast take to get tender? ›

Bring the liquid to a slow boil, cover the pot and transfer to the oven. Braise until the meat is fork-tender (insert a fork and give it a twist; the roast will come apart when it's done), 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

What temperature should a rump roast be cooked to? ›

125°F for rare meat. 130°F for medium-rare meat. 140°F for medium-well meat. 160°F for well-done meat.

How do I get my rump roast to fall apart? ›

If you want your roast to fall apart and be primed for optimal shredding, make sure you get the internal temperature of the meat to about 190-195. This will render all the fat and connective tissue. This is the best thing to watch for if you want to know how to make a tender rump roast.

How can I make my rump more tender? ›

Cook for three minutes on each side then transfer to a baking tray and finish in a hot oven for 10–15 minutes. Of course you can finish cooking your rump steak in the pan – give a 5cm piece of meat five minutes on each side for medium rare – but you'll get a more even and tender result by using the oven.

How do you keep a roast moist in the oven? ›

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

When meat gets hot in the oven, it starts to leak juices, fat, and oil—things that would normally keep it very moist. Use a large spoon or a bulb baster to carefully pour those juices back over the meat.

Should my roast be covered in liquid? ›

Pot roast is meant to be braised, which means cooking meat slowly over low heat with minimal liquid, covered. If you add too much water/broth, you are going to miss out on that roasty flavor that comes from the top part of the meat cooking above the liquid.

Do you cover a rump roast in foil? ›

To Roast: Add roast to a dutch oven or braising pan with 1 cup liquid (beef broth, coffee or water). Cover and cook in a 325° oven for 1 ½ hours or until internal temperature reaches 145°. Cover roast loosely with foil. Allow roast to rest 10 minutes before slicing.

Does roast get more tender the longer you cook it in oven? ›

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 is the best way to get a tender roast? ›

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.

Why is my rump roast not tender? ›

Why is my rump roast tough? If your rump roast turns out tough, chances are it hasn't roasted long enough, or it's been overcooked without enough liquid. Rump roast needs liquid and it needs time in order to become tender and delicious.

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.

What temperature makes a roast tender? ›

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.

Do you cook a roast at 325 or 350? ›

The perfect temperature to roast at (after searing) is 325 °F.

Why is my rump roast chewy? ›

Leaner roasts such as rump, chuck, or brisket have less fat marbling, so they can become chewy if not cooked correctly. It is the fat and connective tissue in the roast that is softened by long, slow cooking to produce flavor and tenderness.

Why did my roast turn out tough? ›

If it's not cooked correctly, that same cut of meat can be distressingly tough, chewy or dry. A failed pot roast can result from undercooking, overcooking or choosing the wrong cut of meat, so before you can fix it you'll need to decide where you've gone wrong.

What's the secret to making meat tender? ›

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.

Can you cook rump steak in oven? ›

TO SERVE Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Roast the steak on the bottom of the oven for 20 minutes for medium-rare, or 25 minutes for medium, turning halfway and basting with the juices from the tray.

What are 3 ways to make meat tender? ›

7 Ways to Tenderize Steak
  1. Pounding. Using a meat mallet (or kitchen mallet) to pound steaks helps soften and tenderize the meat. ...
  2. Salting. Most cuts of steak benefit from being salted up to an hour in advance of cooking, but especially tougher cuts. ...
  3. Marinating. ...
  4. Velveting. ...
  5. Slow Cooking. ...
  6. Enzymatic Application. ...
  7. Scoring.
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How do you cook a roast in the oven without making a mess? ›

Roasting and baking: Cook items on parchment or foil.

Roasting vegetables on parchment paper or foil will still allow for browning while saving you a pan to scrub.

Do you add water to a roast in the oven? ›

Please don't use water to cook your roast beef! But yes, do use a liquid in your pan when cooking roast beef. You don't want to use water because you really need something with some flavor and seasonings! In this recipe we are using beef broth, red wine, and plenty of seasonings for the perfect flavor.

Do you put water in the bottom of 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."

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

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.

What is the most tender roast? ›

Tenderloin Roast

The most tender beef roast that is well known for being lean and succulent. Easy to carve with its fine texture.

Do you have to brown a roast before putting it in the crockpot? ›

"Browning, or caramelizing, meat before putting it into a slow cooker isn't 100 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."

Is a rump roast tough? ›

The rump roast sits at the juncture of the cow's leg quarters and the rest of its body. This meat cut is tough and packed with collagen and dense muscle fibers.

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.

What side of foil should touch meat? ›

Reynold's Kitchen, an aluminium foil manufacturer since 1947, says: "It's perfectly fine to place your food on either side so you can decide if you prefer to have the shiny or dull side facing out." It's simply a result of the manufacturing process. The performance of the foil is the same, whichever side you use.

What temp does meat become tender? ›

Raw meat is generally squishy, chewy, and full of moisture. At 120°F (48.9°C) meat slowly begins to tenderize as the protein myosin begins to coagulate and the connective tissue in the meat begins to break down.

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!

Does a roast cook faster covered or uncovered? ›

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.

How do you make beef fall apart? ›

When roasted, the collagen and connective tissue present in meat will start to break down. It will melt more thoroughly if slow-roasted, and if you add liquid, it will break down even more quickly as it's water soluble.

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 beef get more tender if you cook it longer? ›

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 setting should I roast on? ›

Roasting, like baking, is a method of cooking that uses hot, dry air to cook food in the oven, but at higher temperatures. Roasting is typically used for foods with a solid structure such as vegetables and meats, roasting uses the bake setting at 400ºF (204ºC) or higher to brown the surface and develop flavor.

What temp does meat fall off the bone? ›

160 to 180 Degrees Fahrenheit

Collagen starts to dissolve at 160 degrees and is fully dissolved at 180 degrees, with fall-off-the-bone tenderness. At this point, the meat is dryer, from losing a lot of moisture, but is as tender as meat can get.

How long will it take to cook a roast at 250 degrees? ›

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Roast for about 25 minutes per pound of meat. Check the temperature 30 minutes early. You want 130° for medium-rare.

How long does it take to cook a roast at 275? ›

At a cooking temperature of 275 degrees, you'll want to cook your roast 15 to 20 minutes per pound. So for an 8-lb roast, total cooking time will be about 2-2.5 hours.

What should a roast be set on in the oven? ›

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).

How long do you cook a 3 lb roast at 325 degrees? ›

Bake 12 to 15 minutes per pound at 325 degrees F to heat throughout. Bake 30 minutes per pound until Internal Temperature reaches 185 to 190 degrees F. Or Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

How long does it take to cook a 3 pound roast at 350 degrees? ›

A good rule of thumb is 20 minutes per pound at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for rare, 30 minutes per pound for medium, and 40 minutes per pound for well done. Of course, these are only estimates and you should always use a meat thermometer to ensure that your roast is cooked to the desired level of doneness. 1.

Does slow cooking longer make it more tender? ›

Your meat will be juicier and more tender

The longer cooking time and the low heat complement each other perfectly. As a result, even though the meat is cooked for far longer, it doesn't dry out because the temperature is low. As a result, this is the best way to retain all the natural juices of the meat.

Does meat get softer the longer you slow cook? ›

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.

How long does a 2.5 lb roast take to cook? ›

Regardless of the size of your roast, aim for cooking at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), for 20 minutes per pound.

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 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.

Why is my roast tough in the oven? ›

If it's not cooked correctly, that same cut of meat can be distressingly tough, chewy or dry. A failed pot roast can result from undercooking, overcooking or choosing the wrong cut of meat, so before you can fix it you'll need to decide where you've gone wrong.

What temp is best for slow cooking? ›

The slow cooker cooks foods slowly at a low temperature, generally between 170 and 280 degrees F, over several hours. The combination of direct heat from the pot, lengthy cooking and steam, destroys bacteria making the slow cooker a safe process for cooking foods.

Is it better to cook meat fast or slow? ›

With a thin cut, any slow cooking method will overcook the meat and leave it with a chewy, rubbery texture. Hot and Fast methods help make sure that the pieces of meat sear well on the outer side without completely drying them out from the center.

Should you cook meat on high or low heat? ›

Low temperature cooking is a fantastic method that can be used for just about every naturally tender cut of beef, lamb, pork and veal. It involves searing the outside of the meat at a high temperature, and then roasting in a very low oven for a lengthy period, so the meat stays succulent.

What is the best temperature for slow cooking beef? ›

As a rule of thumb, it is best to slow cook meats at a minimum of 170 degrees Fahrenheit and a maximum of 225. However, you may go as low as 150 degrees Fahrenheit for smaller cuts of red meat under 3 pounds. Whether you are using an electric, gas, or convection oven, the cooking time and temperature may vary.

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