Prep 6 hrs
Cook 2 hrs
Took the basic technique from Cook's Illustrated to make the cheaper cut of beef more tender, but added a couple of twists. This is great served medium-rare. For those who prefer it more done, the ends should be more to medium. I serve with creamy horseradish. Slice it thin and it's as tender as tenderloin.
- 4 lbs boneless eye of round roast
- 2 -3 teaspoons table salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, separated
- 3 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 5 garlic cloves, slivered
- Sprinkle all sides of 4 lb. eye of round roast evenly with salt. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 6-18 hours. The longer you let it sit the more tender it will become. But don't let it go over 18-24 hours.
- Remove roast from refrigerator and allow to come to almost room temperature,.
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees F.
- Pat roast dry with paper towel.
- Cut deep slits into roast and stick in slivered pieces of garlic.
- Rub with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle all sides evenly with pepper.
- Heat remaining oil in large, heavy bottomed pan (I just use my shallow roaster with rack).
- Sear roast until browned on all sides, 4-5 minutes per side. Should create some good fond.
- Transfer roast to wire rack in shallow roaster pan.
- Use meat-probe thermometer and set it for 125 degrees.
- Roast until meat-probe thermometer inserted into center of roast registers 120 degrees for medium-rare, 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours, or 130 degrees for medium, 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 hours.
- Turn oven off; leave roast in oven, until meat-probe thermometer registers 130 degrees for medium-rare or 140 degrees for medium (this can take as little as 15-30 minutes longer).
- Transfer roast to carving board and let rest 15 minutes.
- Slice meat crosswise as thinly as possible and serve with creamy horseradish.
This recipe made the eye of round very tender. The only thing I did that was not included in the recipe was to rinse off the salt with water before patting it dry.
Very easy and delicious! Cooking times are spot on!