With minimal time and effort to prepare, and little to no tending while it cooks, a roast lets you enjoy more time with friends and family – perfect for entertaining.
It’s so easy. Just season the meat and oven-roast – that’s all there is to it!
Oven-roast these cuts at a low temperature to the doneness you like and carve into thin slices to serve.
- Season roast. Place in shallow roasting pan. Insert oven-safe meat thermometer into centre of roast avoiding fat or bone.
- Oven-Sear by placing uncovered roast in preheated 450°F (230°C) oven for 10 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 275°F (140°C); cook uncovered to desired doneness, removing from oven when 5°F (3°C) below finished temperature. (Bone-in roast can take 30 to 45 minutes less.)
- Cover with foil and let stand for at least 15 minutes before carving into thin slices.
*Not around to turn it down?
Skip Step 2 and roast at a constant 275°F (140°C). This is especially good for less tender cuts and smaller roasts (less than 1 kg/2lb). Allow approximately 15% longer cook time.
|Average Cook Time (Hours)|
|Weight (kg/lb)||Medium Rare 145°F (63°C)||Medium to Well Done 160°F (71°C) or Greater|
|1 kg (2 lb)||1-3/4 to 2-1/4||2 to 2-1/2|
|1.5 kg (3 lb)||2 to 2-1/2||2-1/4 to 2-3/4|
|2 kg (4 lb)||2-1/4 to 2-3/4||2-1/2 to 3|
|2.5 kg (5.5 lb)||2-1/2 to 3||2-3 to 3-1/4|
The best way to know when your roast will be done is to follow a Minutes per Pound cooking chart.
The shape of the roast and the type of cut are major factors that determine cooking time (as well as the accuracy of your oven) – these factors make it impossible to develop accurate Minutes per Pound estimates. The best way to know your roast is done the way you like it is to use a meat thermometer.
Tips for the perfect Roast
- A rack in the pan promotes even cooking
- Roast without a lid for best browning.
- Use a thermometer to know when your Oven Roast is done the way you like it.
- Let roast stand at least 15 minutes after cooking to let juices settle
- Carve Oven roasts in thin slices across the grain
Oven Roast Beef refers to a cut that has a chunky shape – often like a cylinder or cube. Roasts can have a range of sizes cut to suit you, from 1 lb (500g) Quick Roasts to 10 lb (4.5 kg) or more. They come with a range of tenderness. Cook Oven Roasts in the oven with no liquid and no lid.
QUICK ROASTS are small-cut Oven Roasts that cook in less than an hour.
All Canadian roasts are sorted into 3 BASIC COOKING CATEGORIES: so you know what you’re buying and how to cook it: Choose from OVEN ROAST, POT ROAST and ROTISSERIE ROAST.
Size Matters: Butchers recommend you buy enough beef for generous servings or allow for leftovers
- Buy 6 to 8 oz (175 to 250 g) raw beef per person (boneless roast)
- Buy 12 oz (375 g) raw beef per person (bone-in-roast)
Heat roast drippings in the pan used for roasting the beef, using medium-high heat; stir in 2 cups (500 mL) broth or stock.
Stir up any browned bits from bottom of pan. Thicken by cooking until broth reduces or thicken with cornstarch (see Cook’s Notes). Strain (if desired) and skim off fat; return to pan. Heat and season to taste. Add splash of heavy cream and/or balsamic or wine vinegar if desired.
To thicken with cornstarch, gradually stir together equal amounts of cornstarch and cold water. (Note: 1 tbsp/15 mL cornstarch thickens 1 cup/250 mL liquid.) Whisk into sauce and bring to a boil, cooking just until thickened.
Carving Prime Rib
- Piercing meat with fork, tilt roast so that bones are vertical.
- With carving knife, cut parallel to bone, removing the large chunk of meat.
- Set roast cut side down; carve across the grain into slices. Cut between bones to separate them for serving.
You can set cutting board into rimmed baking sheet to collect juices.
To simplify carving, at time of purchase, ask the butcher to cut meat from the bones and then tie them back on. After roasting, just snip the twine and remove bones.
Use a gentle sawing action and a sharp carving knife to minimize loss of juices while carving.
Cook like a pro
Take the guesswork out of cooking and use a thermometer to cook beef just the way you like it. There are two kinds to consider when cooking roasts: oven-safe or instant/rapid read.
You leave the thermometer stem inserted into the meat while it cooks so you can monitor the cooking progress. They come with a dial face read or as a digital-read thermometer with cable and monitor.
The digital model lets you monitor cooking without opening the oven door – most models even send out a signal when your meat is cooked to the doneness you select.
These thermometers are not oven-safe so don’t insert before roasting. To use, remove roast from oven near end of cooking and insert thermometer stem to check meat temperature.
Medium-rare 145°F (63°C)
Beef Burgers/Medium 160°F (71°C)
Well Done 170°F (77°C)
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Cook Oven Roast
With the slow cooker started in the morning, dinner is ready when you are!
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