Roast - when You Want It Extra Special

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

I promise, within 15 minutes of putting this into oven, everyone in your house (and possibly the neighbors), will be salivating, and wanting to know how long til dinner. You can use this exact recipe for Prime Rib, I do it every Christmas, howver I've given directions for a rump roast, as this recipe is a great way to take a cheaper cut of meat, and make it into something special. It was my son's most requested meal for special occassions, and frankly, he'd rather have the rump, than a prime rib. Hope you try it, and that your family loves it as much as mine!


  1. Let meat stand at room temp for about an hour (if possible).
  2. From the fat side of the roast (rump’s usually have a layer of fat on one side - also known as the top side), cut a slit about halfway through the meat, and insert one clove garlic. Repeat for remaining cloves, spreading out over the roast. For a 2-3 pound roast use 2 cloves garlic, for 3-4 pounds use 3 cloves, etc.
  3. Generously cover all sides of the roast with pepper, salt, and granulated garlic. By the way, when I say generous, I mean really really cover it, almost l like a crust of spice. Hint: fresh ground cracked pepper is best, but any black pepper will work. Peel onion and cut in half. Place onion and celery in bottom of a roasting pan (DO NOT add any liquid - pan and veggies should be dry). Cover with rack.
  4. Place roast on rack, fat side up. Bake at 325 degrees for a half hour per pound. This will bring the meat to medium-rare to medium. If you want it more done, just 5 minutes per pound.
  5. Move meat to a platter and let stand for at least 5 minutes before carving. You can cover it with foil to keep it warm, but that can result in the meat continuing to “cook” a bit, making it a tad more done. It’s important to let it stand, as this helps the juices redistribute.
  6. Gravy.
  7. Place roasting pan on top of stove and add about 2 cups water. Leave the onions and celery in while it heats. Stir a bit, the bits on the bottom of the pan will start to loosen up (this is called deglazing). You can add more water if you need more gravy, just do it a bit at a time, then taste after each addition, making sure it still has a good flavor. Also you’ll probably need to salt it a bit.
  8. If you want thickened gravy, put one tablespoon cornstarch in a small glass and add about ¼ cup water and stir till mixed, then add to the roasting pan. Stir continuously until thickened over medium heat. You’ll notice after first adding cornstarch that the color will lighten - just stir, and continue heating, the gravy will return to a dark color once the cornstarch is fully heated. It takes about five minutes to thicken - most cooks say that any thickening agent (flour, corn starch etc) has not fully thickened until it reaches boiling. I don’t know that I always bring this to a boil, but probably close.


Most Helpful

This roast recipe gives wonderful flavor! I used a 6 + pound rump roast. I baked it about 3 hours. Although I love fresh garlic...I'm not really as fond of granulated garlic so I used half garlic & half onion granules. When I was preparing the roast to cook I was afraid the outside would be too spicey. Not at all. The flavor of the entire piece, inside and out was incredible! Made for PAC Fall 2009

CarrolJ September 12, 2009

I thought this was delicious and liked that it didn't involve dry onion soup mix or canned soup. I had a 3.5# rump roast and cooked it for 2 hrs 15 min and it was light pink in the center. Lovely.

KookyWhiteGirl February 03, 2009

My DH and I had decided we were no longer going to eat beef, except for ground, as we didn't like the taste of it anymore. But I still had two top sirloin roasts in the freezer. I decided to give your recipe a try with one of them and I'm so glad I did. We loved it. My roast was cooked exactly like we wanted it and tasted fabulous. The second roast is not destined to become ground beef anymore and we're looking forward to it using your recipe. Thank you for posting.

Out of the Blue September 22, 2008

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