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Rotisserie Roast

Beef roast on the barbecue is the best for easy, fuss-free summer cooking.
Cooked on the rotisserie or on the grill by indirect heat, barbecue roast beef is perfect for backyard entertaining.

Get Ready

1. PREPARE

  • START with either a Rotisserie Roast such as Prime Rib,Top Sirloin Outside Round, Inside Round, Sirloin Tip, Cross Rib OR buy any even-shaped boneless Oven Roast.
  • Note: Beef Rotisserie Roasts are simply boneless roasts cut from traditional Oven Roasts. They are tied so that they rotate easily on the rotisserie and cook up evenly.

Cook’s Notes: You don’t need a fancy barbecue to enjoy barbecue beef roast. If you don’t have a rotisserie, you can cook the roast right on the grill by using indirect heat roasting.

2. SEASON

  • PIERCE roast all over with fork.
  • PLACE in large sealable freezer bag with 2 cups of your favourite marinade; seal and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours. Note: if using Prime Rib or Top Sirloin, you can skip the marinade and simply season OR marinate for just 2 to 4 hours for flavour.
  • DISCARD marinade and season.

Cook’s Notes:
Instant Marinade: use your favourite salad dressing, teriyaki, Worcestershire or steak sauce.

3. PREPARE TO BARBEQUE

  • INSERT meat thermometer into middle of roast (avoiding spit rod if using rotisserie).

With Rotisserie:
Place drip pan, containing 1/2 inch water, under grill. Preheat barbecue to medium-high (400°F/200°C). Insert spit rod lengthwise through centre of roast; secure with holding forks and place roast over drip pan.

Without Rotisserie:
For indirect heat roasting, place drip pan under grill in one half 2-burner barbecue. Heat barbecue to approx. 400°F (200°C) with lid closed. Turn off burner under drip pan. Place roast on grill over unlit burner and roast at constant heat with lid closed. For a 3-burner barbecue, place drip pan and roast in centre of barbecue.

4. COOK; LET STAND

  • COOK at constant heat, in closed barbecue, to desired doneness temperature (see chart). Resist peeking – lifting the lid lets heat escape lengthening cooking time.
  • TRANSFER roast to cutting board; tent with foil for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • CUT netting or twine off with kitchen scissors; carve into thin slices across the grain.

Estimated Timing for Barbecue Roast Beef
(using medium-high heat)

Rotisserie Roasting

Doneness (for both Rotisserie and Indirect Heat)

Indirect Heat Roasting

minutes/lb minutes/kg Internal temperature when removed from heat minutes/lb minutes/kg

20-22

42-47

Med rare (145ºF/63°C)

20-25

40-50

22-25

50-55

Medium (155° F/68°C)

25-30

55-65

30

65

Well (165°F/74°C)

35

75

Cook’s Notes: Enjoy Prime Rib or Top Sirloin cooked any doneness. Other Rotisserie Roasts should not be cooked beyond medium for best results.

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Common Cuts

Top Sirloin Premium Rotisserie Roast

Sirloin Tip Rotisserie Roast

Prime Rib Boneless Rotisserie Roast

Outside Round Rotisserie Roast

Myth Buster

MYTH:

You should bring beef to room temperature before grilling on the barbecue.

TRUTH:

There’s no need to bring beef to room temperature before cooking. Although some claim it helps the meat to cook more evenly, our tests showed that it really doesn’t make that much difference and it is not a recommended safe food handling practice anyway.

Tips for Perfect Rotisserie Roast

Cooks Notes

No Rotisserie? No Problem.

Use indirect heat to roast: Place roast on grill over drip pan on one side of barbecue. Turn heat off just under the roast. Cook in closed barbecue at constant 400°F (200°C) heat.

For Top Sirloin or Prime Rib Rotisserie Roasts, simply season or marinate for 2 to 4 hours before cooking to improve tenderness.

To marinate: Pierce roast numerous times with long fork. Place in sealable freezer bag with 2 cups marinade, such as teriyaki sauce or Italian dressing; refrigerate. 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 (4.5kb) or more.

They come with a range of tenderness and require one of three basic cooking methods.

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.

Cuts used with Rotisserie Roasting

Top Sirloin Premium Oven Roast

Top Sirloin Premium Oven Roast

This premium oven roast has maximized tenderness at an intermediate price. Top Sirloin cuts have good beefy flavour.


Top Sirloin Premium Oven Roast

Top Sirloin Premium Oven Roast

This premium oven roast has maximized tenderness at an intermediate price. Top Sirloin cuts have good beefy flavour.


Prime Rib Boneless Rotisserie Roast

Prime Rib Boneless Rotisserie Roast

A Rotisserie Roast is an Oven Roast that is boneless, cut and tied to have an even shape so that it rotates easily and cooks evenly when rotisserie roasted. Prime Rib is ever tender and flavourful. As a premium Oven Roast, this cut is luxury priced and delivers tender eating experience.


Outside Round Rotisserie Roast

Outside Round Rotisserie Roast

A Rotisserie Roast is an Oven Roast that is cut and tied to haven an even shape so that it rotates easily and cooks evenly when rotisserie roasted. This roast is best pierced over and marinated 8 to 12 hours before barbecue roasting to at least medium-rare 145oF (63oC). More flavourful than Eye of Round and less tender than inside Round. Carve across the grain into thin slices to optimize tenderness.


Rotisserie Roast recipes

prep time

20 min

cook time

2 hr
Oven-Braised Beef CurryChef Rahil selected boneless beef short ribs from the Canadian Beef Information Gateway to make his version of a traditional braised beef curry. Aromatic but made with just a few basic pantry ingredients and standard braising technique so it’s not daunting for even ‘curry beginners’ to make. Beef short ribs are well marbled so the meat is moist and tender when braised and oh so flavourful!

prep time

20 min

cook time

40 min
Pistachio-crusted Beef Tenderloin with Chimichurri SauceChopped pistachio nuts make a unique crusted rub that contrasts with the tenderness of Beef Tenderloin. Let the chimichurri stand at room temperature while preparing the beef to allow the flavours to infuse into the oil.

prep time

10 min

cook time

55 min
Classic Meat Loaf with Tomato GlazeThis traditional meat loaf recipe is oozing with flavour and is moist and tender–just like mom used to make. The tangy tomato glaze is what makes it a classic!

prep time

15 min

cook time

35 min
Speedy Texas Toast Topped Steak & Mushroom Pot PieDelicious and easy to prepare, this speedy skillet version of classic pot pie uses flavourful Top Sirloin Steak instead of the traditional braising beef cuts and a super-simple top crust made from garlicky Furlani® Texas toast. Serve with steamed green beans or broccoli.

prep time

30 min

cook time

5 hr
House-Smoked Beef BrisketMost people don’t have a backyard smoker, so this recipe, while unconventional, allows anyone with a regular kitchen stove to produce a brisket with a natural wood-smoke flavor. Note that your house will smell like smoked meat for a couple of days afterward, but that’s not the worst problem to have.

prep time

15 min

cook time

45 min
Speedy Pasta PieSimple as pie… This recipe is way faster to make than lasagne, and you have the option of making two pans, so you can freeze one for a future meal (baking from frozen for about 1-1/2 hours). You can also assemble it ahead and refrigerate to bake later, baking for 10 minutes longer. When baked in a single lasagna pan, this recipe is perfect for potluck and buffet-style dinners.

prep time

30 min

cook time

2:30
Mixed Herb Pesto Stuffed Braised BeefThis stuffed, rolled beef tenderloin is the perfect entertaining recipe. The simple pesto recipe can be made ahead and stored in the fridge. Roll up the tenderloin like a jelly roll and tie with butcher twine every couple inches to secure the roll.

prep time

45 min

cook time

25 min
Beef and Cheese Egg Roll BitesHomemade egg rolls don’t have to be intimidating. This simple egg roll recipe is filled with thinly sliced beef tenderloin and cream cheese. These perfect bite-sized appetizers will impress your guests.

prep time

50 min

cook time

60 min
Oven Roast Beef Stuffed with Mushroom Barley RisottoWith beef tenderloin and a rich risotto made from barley and mixed mushrooms, this recipe is a showstopper. To simplify meal-planning, make the risotto ahead and store covered tightly in the fridge for up to 3 days. The recipe makes 5 cups of risotto which is plenty for stuffing the roast with 3 cups remaining that can be served as a meal unto itself or as a side along with the roast.

prep time

25 min

cook time

20 min
Middle Eastern Kidney Bean Meatballs with Herbed SlawGround beef and smashed kidney beans are seasoned with warm spices and formed into a delicious meatball packed with protein and fibre – perfect for make ahead lunches and quick weeknight dinners. Use white kidney beans if you don’t want the kids to spot them.

prep time

30 min

cook time

2 hr
Orange Balsamic Roast Beef with Herbed Quinoa Pilaf and Roasted FennelFeed a crowd with a modestly priced roast beef that is loaded with flavour and perfectly tender when cooked to medium-rare and carved into thin slices. Served with a Mediterranean-inspired quinoa dish and roasted fennel bulb. You meet over all your daily needs for zinc and vitamin B12 with this one meal! This serving of beef provides 20% of heme iron – the type that is easiest for your body to absorb. Beef also boosts the absorption of the non-heme iron from the spinach by 150%.

prep time

10 min

cook time

4:30
Beef Prime Rib Roast with Berry Wine SauceCranberries and red wine give the sauce a rosie hue that's the perfect pairing with medium-rare roast beef and is pretty to take to the table.

prep time

15 min

cook time

2:30
Beef Prime Rib Au JusAu Jus is just a fancy name for making a beef gravy recipe.

prep time

20 min

cook time

3 hr
Tangy Oktoberfest Roast BeefWith lots of veggies, this one pot recipe for Tangy Oktoberfest Beef Roast makes a roast that's juicy and tender with a flavour that everyone will love.

prep time

20 min

cook time

25 min
Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Wine SauceHere is the perfect burger recipe when it gets to be too cold for grilling. When is a hamburger, not just a hamburger? When it's a Salisbury Steak served with this yummy wine and mushroom sauce!

prep time

15 min

cook time

2 hr
Roast Beef with Sun Dried Tomato SauceBeef roasts are easy to prepare and they practically cook themselves. Visit our Cooking Lessons to learn more and see more recipes.

prep time

15 min

cook time

2:15
Mushroom-Crusted Roast BeefAdd something new to your roast beef repertoire with this Mushroon-Crusted Roast Beef recipe. Made from dried mushrooms, the crust adds an intense mushroom flavour to both the sauce and the roast beef. 

prep time

15 min

cook time

30 min
Muffin-Sized Pizza Beef Meat LoavesThe recipe for these little Muffin-Sized Pizza beef meat loaves are the perfect size and flavour for children’s meals – serve them with the Vegetable Sauce and some pasta to complete the meal.

prep time

15 min

cook time

60 min
Moroccan Mini Beef Quick Roast with Kasbah CouscousThe recipe for this adventurous weeknight Moroccan meal can be on the table with minimal time and effort by using the Mini Beef Quick Roast. Make the simple Kasbah couscous side-dish while the roast beef is cooking.

prep time

15 min

cook time

30 min
Mini Beef Meat LoavesThese mini meat loaves can be served hot from the oven or wrap each cooled loaf individually and freeze them for future fast meals – they heat from frozen in minutes. Children love this Mini Beef Meat Loaf recipe!