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Excellent recipe; I'll make it again.

I don't like pot roasts so I was looking for a different way to cook the cross rib roast that we acquired as part of our purchase of 1/4 of a local cow.

I tried this recipe with some modifications based on other internet suggestions and the roast came out wonderfully.

Modifications:
1. After basting the roast with balsamic vinegar I browned the roast in vegie oil.

2. Then rubbed the roast all over with the herb paste (I used fresh thyme and rosemary, and made the paste by dumping all ingredients in a food processor with a little extra olive oil; easy and quick).

3. Roasted the 4-lb roast in a 250 degree oven in a non-stick roasting pan for 2 hours. By then it was at 145, so I should have checked after 1 1/2 hours for it to be slightly less well done. It was pink and juicy and very tender even at 145.

General: The herb paste rub is wonderful and would be good on any meat. I might try it on grilled chicken soon.

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tygre January 21, 2011

I have not yet made this roast, but have it waiting in the frig to do so. I am from California and one thing I do not understand is the internal temps posted and what state of doneness is desired. Here, 120 is rare, 125 is medium rare, 130 is medium, 135 is medium well and 140 is well done.....145 is over done. The carry over cook time makes meat just right if these rules are followed. I grew up on cross rib roasts and my mom always made them delicious with a good gravy to go with it for leftovers. I usually roast with garlic and onion powder and pepper. This time I will try this recipe and let you know how it turns out. I am sure it will be delicious. It is a flavorful cut of beef and worthy of more than just making a pot roast out of it. The more well done it is, the tougher it is though. I am looking forward to having this for dinner tomorrow, and I will cook it at a low temp after searing. Happy cooking all. :)

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maryjmohler November 06, 2011

I found a two pound cross rib roast in the freezer that I decided I should finally defrost and find a recipe for (never having made a cross rib roast before). I followed the recipe very closely, using two large cloves of garlic and fresh rosemary (instead of dried) and everything else exactly the same. I cooked it for 40 minutes (at 350) after having cooked it at the higher recipe as called for in the directions. My thermometer read 158, but it may not have been accurate since I believe the roast was just perfectly medium rare. It was absolutely DELICIOUS--juicy and flavorful. An added bonus is how easy it was to make and how quickly it cooked. This is definitely a "keeper" and would be perfect, as well, for company!

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love2gardn November 15, 2010

Terrific! The smell alone was worth the work. I had a 5-pounder, so I doubled the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and garlic. The larger roast took 1hr 45min to cook.

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kerrylkelly February 27, 2008

My rating is just for the awesome Balsamic vinegar/Olive oil seasoning paste and not for the cooking method as I used a crockpot after searing in the oven at 500 degrees for 15 minutes. The first thing my husband said when he walked in the door was how good it smelled. Outstanding!

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Lisa At The Lake October 30, 2009

Whoa Nelly! This was a great recipe and one I will use again. I used fresh herbs because they were available but followed the rest of the recipe closely. The meat turned out perfect, pink but not bloody. I did deglaze the pan with some red wine and made a roux for a beautiful and mouth watering gravy.

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arribacal_9042823 November 10, 2013

WOW! I improvised just a tad. I used 4 lg garlic cloves, citrus balsamic and used all fresh herbs from my garden. I also have a convect oven so I cooked a 2.5lb Cross Rib Roast as follows> I set my oven at Convect Roast for 450 degrees. I cooked it for 12 min. before I lowered it to 350 degrees and finished it at 40 min. I don't have an instant read thermometer, but it was cooked to PERFECTION! I served it for company and everybody made pigs of themselves! Wish I could have claimed it as my own, but.....well you know how that is.

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lbrigges65 February 18, 2012

This was not only a great roast to serve with potatoes, etc. It was the BEST the next day cut thin for sandwiches with cheddar cheese. Excellent recipe!

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britaune June 03, 2009

I used a bottom round roast and cooked a little longer at a lower temperature for the last part. I also used herbs de provence because it contains rosemary, instead of the straight rosemary, and I really liked the added dimension. It was a good recipe for this cheap cut. This really tasted good and I'll love to try the method with a better piece of meat.

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Gay Gilmore August 06, 2003

I don't understand why this was over cooked for some people. I followed everything to a T except for the seasoning. Was out of thyme & Rosemary so used Italian seasoning instead as it contains both herbs. Put garlic, herbs, salt, pepper & oil in my morter & gave it a quick mix with my pestle which really made the garlic give up its flavor & fragrance. It was so good! Done to perfection after 40 minutes in oven & 15 under foil.

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Carol Pastorelli-Hagar May 22, 2015
Cross Rib Roast