86 Reviews

Perfection! I took my 5 pound roast out of the fridge a good 2 hours prior to cooking and used about 7 or 8 cloves of garlic. After searing I added a splash of worcestershire, garlic salt and onion powder to 2 cups of water (my roasting pan is quite large). After the first hour I added some quartered yukon gold potatoes (plus a cup more water mixture) and continued to cook (and baste every 30 min) for a total of roughly 3 hours. Unreal flavor, it tasted like Prime Rib; no kidding! Thank you Gone Fishin' for sharing your mom's truly perfect "Perfect Rump Roast" recipe with the world!

23 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
Logan's Mommy November 30, 2010

This is a wonderful recipe. I made a medium rare, succulent, delicious rump roast for Christmas Dinner yesterday. Rump roasts have always been a challenge for me - they won't ever be again. It took ~25 minutes per pound at 275 for medium rare. I used 1/2 red wine and 1/2 veggie bouillon instead of water. The drippings were the base for a delicious gravy. My family raved - THANKS!

17 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
bmooney December 26, 2008

The roast prepared this way is great. The only real change I made was that I substituted a can of beef broth for the water. The wife, aka the boss, loved it and when the wife is happy all is well with world. Thirty-seven years of marriage and five years of living in sin teaches a person these things. Have used quite a few recipies on this site and this is the first time I've commented on one. Gone Fishin, your mother must have been a great cook. Thanks!!

15 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
writerman May 06, 2011

I am shaking as I write this because I just exploded my rump roast. Unfortunately, I used a glass/Pyrex roasting dish and when I slowly added the HOT HOT water to the pan after the 20 minutes of searing, the glass exploded. Now I have a royal mess in my oven and over the floor, no dinner, and a waste of good meat and money. Fortunately, I did not get hurt. Wow, what a lesson. My bad I guess. But I would suggest (for us novices) that you specify non-glass cookware. Don't know if I will have the nerve to try this again...

8 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
gulfwild April 19, 2011

@gulfwild: You cannot use a Pyrex pan to sear meat at 500 degrees. I found this out the hard way myself. It will shatter, even if you don't open the oven door or add liquid. However, you can't add liquid to hot Pyrex either. In fact, consumers are supposed to add liquid to the bottom of a Pyrex pan BEFORE cooking any meat or vegetables that might leak juice or moisture as it cooks.

Furthermore, on the Pyrex website, it says to never add liquid to hot Pyrex cookware (regardless of how hothothot the water was).

Your warning on this recipe is a good one for those who don't know how to safely use their Pyrex bakeware. Glad you weren't hurt.

7 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
janna408 August 20, 2011

I thought this recipe sounded awesome but I had a slight disaster. When I added the water, my baking dish shattered, leaving me with a HUGE mess and a screaming 5 year old. Should definitely NOT use a glass pan. I suppose I should have thought about that but I was rushing to get it in the oven. I will more than likely try it again. It sounds great but I was extremely disappointed that I wasted that much time and money to end up throwing it in the trash.

4 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
Bekah49036 August 06, 2008

I made this once before tonite, and it turned out delicious; but I was afraid it was just a good roast. Tonite's roast came out exactly like the first, just amazing. My only problem was that using these directions, and oven temp, a 3 pound roast took 2 hours for medium. Knowing this, I will still make it every time.

3 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
mamamia69_11098384 February 09, 2014

Excellent! I had a 2 1/2 lb. rump roast....I didn't add the garlic (husband doesn't like it) and used Montreal seasoning in place of the salt, pepper, garlic. After reading some of the reviews, I used beef broth in place of the water and sliced my onion into quarters....the onions got all browned and delicious! I roasted the beef until it reached 150 degrees, removed it from the pan and kept it warm, then poured out the juices and added some veg oil to the pan and browned a couple of tablespoons of flour right in the pan over low heat. I added enough water to the juices to make about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of liquid and poured that back into the pan and whisked with the browned flour. What a delicious gravy that was!! This is really a great, simple recipe and I'll definitely use it again the next time rump roast goes on sale as it did today! Thanks so much for posting this recipe :)

3 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
Hey Jude January 10, 2013

WOW! I will NEVER make another roast the way I used to! This is incredible! So juicy and flavorful. When I stuck my fork into it, I was a little skeptical, but when I cut into it (against the grain) and the juice poured out and I tasted it I was hooked! Thanks for a great recipe! I followed the recipe exactly and wouldn't change a thing. I did add potatoes and carrots to the juice while it cooked

3 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
FREIBERG93 June 19, 2010

We had this for supper tonight-last minute and it was excellent!!! We don't eat beef very often and it was a real treat,well done on the outside, rare in the middle-Awesome. Next time tho' I will try black pepper instead of white pepper to tame it down a little bit. Like others I used half red wine and half water for the 1 cup. Served with Yorkshire Pudding. My hubby thought he'd died and gone to heaven.Thanks for a great recipe!!

3 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
baroth2 January 13, 2010
Perfect Rump Roast