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How to Prepare a Traditional Roast Beef

Make this juicy roast the centerpiece of your next holiday dinner -- or just treat your family to a really nice meal!


  • Step 1: Begin with a room temperature roast Remove the roast from the fridge about an hour before cooking so it comes to room temperature.
  • Step 2: Trim the fat Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Trim any fat that's thicker than a half-inch. Leave the rest; it will help keep the beef moist.
  • Step 3: Season the beef Sprinkle salt and freshly ground black pepper over the entire roast, according to taste.
  • Step 4: Heat the skillet Heat the olive oil and garlic in a Dutch oven or a deep skillet.
  • Step 5: Brown the meat Brown the entire roast -- about four minutes per side -- then transfer it, fat-side up, to a roasting pan with a rack on the bottom. Put it in the oven.
  • Step 6: Take its temperature Check the roast with a meat thermometer after it's been roasting for approximately 70 minutes. Continue checking once every 10 minutes until the roast reaches an internal temperature of 130.
  • TIP: Let it roast longer if you want the meat cooked beyond medium rare.
  • Step 7: Transfer it to a tray Remove the roast from the oven and transfer it to a cutting board. Let it rest 20 minutes before carving. A 6-pound roast will provide about 24 3-ounce servings. Enjoy!
  • FACT: The average American eats almost 3½ pounds of beef per month, according to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

You Will Need

  • Boneless beef top sirloin roast
  • Salt
  • Fresh black pepper
  • u00bc c. olive oil
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves
  • Equipment:
  • Dutch oven or deep skillet
  • Roasting pan with a rack
  • Meat thermometer
  • A cutting board

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