A special holiday roast such as a Prime Rib or Beef Tenderloin is expensive! If I'm going to spend the money on an impressive beef roast, the end result needs to be perfect! Perfectly tasty!! Amiright?
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After spending a weekend in Ohio at the Certified Angus Beef® Brand Education and Culinary Center, I came home armed with all the information I need to #RoastPerfect every time! And because my mama taught me how to share, I'm passing what I learned on to you, so we can all roast our way to a tasty holiday!
First and foremost, I recommend downloading the FREE Roast Perfect App on your IPhone or Android device. Click here to download. Having this app in the palm of your hand is like having a chef in the kitchen with you when you are planning for and executing your holiday roast. On the app you will find information on the different types of roasts you can choose, from the more expensive cuts such as the Ribeye Roast or the Beef Tenderloin to more economical cuts like the Eye of Round or Tri-Tip Roast.
Once you decide on which cut to roast, the app will guide you through the purchasing process. There is a store locator to easily find Certified Angus Beef® nearest you, and you'll feel confident speaking to the butcher with the expert tips on what to look for in color, marbling, fat, and shape. To ensure the highest quality beef, always look for the Certified Angus Beef® Brand logo.
Why choose Certified Angus Beef® Brand?
There are many reasons, but I can sum it up in one word - QUALITY! Quality you will see and taste!
Certified Angus Beef® defines the standard by which all beef is measured. It is the best of the best packed with flavor and always tender and juicy! It is more selective than USDA Choice and Prime, as each cut must meet TEN (10) exacting standards of quality to earn the title of Certified Angus Beef® Brand, thus ensuring the best quality in every cut. Certified Angus Beef® has more marbling which equals more flavor, tenderness, and juiciness. When you cook a well marbled piece of meat, that marbling melts into the meat creating the amazing flavor you should expect from the beef on which you spend your hard earned dollars!
Take a look at this picture comparing a Certified Angus Beef® Brand Steak to a USDA Choice steak. Do you see all the specks of white in the steak labeled Certified Angus Beef® Brand? That is marbling!! Marbling equals flavor!! Now look at the USDA Choice steak. Where has all the marbling gone?! Just by looking at these steaks you know which one is going to deliver superior flavor and texture! Now you know what to look for when shopping for beef. White flecks are your friend!!
Now that you have the perfect cut of beautifully marbled Certified Angus Beef®, how do you go about roasting it to perfection?
Never fear! The Roast Perfect App has you covered! There's even a video that walks you through the basic roasting technique! The app not only shows you how to choose the perfect cut, but it shows you how to prep it for roasting too!
No matter what type of roast you are making, you will want to season it well with salt and pepper or your choice of rub,
and also get a good sear on the outside. Searing can be achieved on a grill, in a screaming hot cast-iron skillet, or by blasting it with high heat in the oven. I don't care which option you choose to sear your roast. Each will yield good results. But whatever you do, DON'T SKIP THIS STEP! Searing is essential to roasting your way to a tasty holiday! Refer to the app for searing times and temperatures.
Once you have a good sear on the roast, it is finished in the oven. A roast is always cooked on a rack to allow even heat distribution all the way around and to keep the roast out of any pan juices that might accumulate. For a large, holiday type roast, you will want to invest in a roasting set such as this one (click here). When making a smaller roast that fits in a skillet, you can use a small meat rack (click here) and a cast-iron skillet (click here) like I've done in this picture...
Because oven temps can and do vary wildly, the App recommends having an instant read thermometer handy to check for doneness. Refer to the App for degree of donessness temperatures where you'll find photos from rare to well-done and the finished temps for each. Always remove your roast 5-10 degrees BELOW the finished temperature as the roast will continue to cook after removing it from the oven.
How do you Carve a Roast for best results?
There is a specific way to carve the roast for overall best results. Allowing the roast to rest and then carving against the grain of the beef is essential. Resting ensures juiciness and carving against the grain shortens the fibers making it even more tender. Refer to the Roast Perfect App for a photo tutorial, as well as a video, of how to carve a roast.
Now that you are armed with the tools you need to #RoastPerfect every time, you'll want to check out all of the fantastic roast recipes on the App. Additionally, Click here for my Garlic Roast Beef recipe and many more roasting recipes developed by my #SundaySupper friends!
What are you waiting for? Click here to download the Roast Perfect App and roast your way to a tasty holiday!
I'd like to thank the wonderful folks at Certified Angus Beef® for their hospitality. Not only did I learn a lot of essential information I was able to bring back and share with you, but I also had a fantastic time getting a taste of Ohio. Visit my Instagram for dining recommendations while in the Cleveland/Wooster area and to see pics of my adventures in Ohio.