Your house is decorated and the tree is trimmed. Your shopping list is complete and the presents are wrapped under the tree. Now you can sit back and relax until the big day is here. But have you thought about your holiday dinner? If you haven’t, don’t sweat- there’s still plenty of time to get everything you need to create a beautiful and delicious beef roast for your loved ones to enjoy.
Follow these simple and foolproof steps to make your holiday meal stress-free and enjoyable for all, including yourself!
1. Choose your Cut. There are a variety of beef cuts to choose from to create your show-stopping Beef Roast centerpiece. From the traditional and elegant Prime Rib to a flavorful beef Tenderloin, choosing the cut that’s best for you and your family is easy to do. Using the Interactive Butcher Counter from beefit’swhatsfordinner.com is great way to do so. This tool provides you a visual of your roast options and also tells you which cuts are lean. Once you select a cut, the site will prompt you with recommended cooking methods as well as delicious recipes that are simple and easy to follow.
2. Celebrate the Season with seasoning. The prep work is quite minimal with beef roasts because the natural flavor and juices will do the work for you! Choosing a simple and rub is all you will need to accent the savoriness of beef. Combine seasonings and press it evenly onto all surfaces. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty- make sure your entire roast is covered; top, bottom, and sides.
3. Bottom’s Up. Heat your oven to the specified temperature. Place your roast fat side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan (if you’re making a Rib roast the ribs will form a natural rack.) If you don’t have a roasting pan, I strongly encourage you to pick one up. They are very affordable and well worth it. Insert an ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of roast, not resting in fat or touching bone. Do not add water, do not cover.
4. Roast & Rest. Cook according to guidelines, or desired level of doneness. Roast meat 5 to 10 degrees below desired doneness. If you prefer medium rare, remove at about 135° and temperature will continue to rise as it rests. To rest your roast, tent with foil for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing or serving. This will allow all juices to distribute evenly and create a juicy and flavorful eating experience.
5. #ToastToRoast. Raise your glass and make a toast. You’ve just created a beautiful and delicious meal that your loved ones will enjoy and cherish as you take in all of joy and cheer that the Holiday brings.
For a great collection of roast recipes, click here.
The South Dakota Beef Industry Council would like to wish you a safe and warm Holiday and Happy New Year!