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Feb 9, 2012 02:29 PM

Does low and slow work as well for NY Strip roast (top loin) as it does for Prime Rib?

I'm having 12 people for dinner. Everyone likes med-rare. I have 10 lb whole strip.
I'm a firm believer in the 200-250 degree method for prime rib, and cook it all the time with great results.

Should I do the same with the NY strip roast or not? My only worry is that there's a much larger fat cap on the NY strip and I'd really like it to render.

What about 250 until internal temp gets to 110-112 then blast it at 500 until it gets to 125? Would that work?

CI says sear and cook at 250; Bon Appetite and Saveur say blast with 450-500 heat, then roast lower (BA 350, Saveur 200) until done. My only fear with the latter too is that I'll end up with well done on the ends, and everyone likes it med rare.

I appreciate your thoughts!

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  1. I'd go with the CI method. It works so well with Prime Rib I can't think why it wouldn't work for the NY Strip, especially with the browning/rendering up front.

    1. I follow the CI directions for every cut of roast, and it always works. It works too well in fact, as my husband's family eats about double the amount of roast beef at my house as at his mother's :)

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      1. re: CanadaGirl

        alright, I'll do it. I just needed a confidence boost. thanks!

      2. My comments from a Holiday roast a couple of years ago after I made an amazing buy on Strip Loin....My roast was cooked to Medium-Rare.

        This thread will give the basic directions for a no rib roast, but I suspect you already know what to do if you have already used the low and slow approach before.


        For this past Christmas, instead of the traditional Standing Beef Rib Eye Roast.....for a change, I chose to have a Sirloin (New York Strip)Strip Roast. Trimmed it was about ten pounds....cooked at 215* for 4.5 hours and it was excellent.....From what I understand, this cut is very popular in the UK for the holidays...more so than here in the States.....that may change in my least it will be entered into the holiday rotation.


        This past year, I have found that resting meat for an hour or more greatly improves the overall texture and tenderness of the roast. I like to bring the meat up to 118*, then pull, cover with a large stainless steel mixing bowl covered with a bath towel for an hour plus. The carry over cooking will only raise it 5-7 degrees, or approximately 125*. Replace the roast into the oven for 30 minutes at 250* for 30 minutes, then a high heat blast @ 500* for 10 minutes. No second resting period and ready to slice by the time you get it out of the oven and onto a board (5 minutes). Zero bleeding on the plate. This is the same method I use for Prime Rib Roasts and also cheaper cuts of meat as well.

        The above links pretty much give and cover every ones best recipe and methods.

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        1. re: fourunder

          Thanks! I think I saw this advice somewhere else and then couldn't find your post again.
          Will it really take 4.5 hours to roast a strip roast at 215? That seems like a long time.
          Last time I cooked an 18 pound prime rib at 200-ish, it only took 5-6 hours, and a bone in prime rib is a lot bigger than a 10 pound strip... CI says like 40 minutes to cook a 5 pound strip roast at 250.

          1. re: overthinkit

            First, let me say that whenever I do a low and slow roast, I always allow leeway and expect the roast to finish sooner, than later....especially with beef cuts. As such, I make my preparations for sides figuring the roast can reach temperatures 30-60 minutes ind advance of expectations. Given the latest results from the past year with holdover and resting increased to at least an hour....I may actually prepare for the roast to finish up to two hours in advance and hold the roast until ready to serve.....This is actually how most restaurants and catering facilities do it if they use electric cook and hold ovens (120-140* )....Quite frankly, I'm a little disappointed in myself I have not thought to do so myself sooner....having been in commercial kitchens for the better part of 40 years.

            As for duration of cooking time, there are always variables to consider along with the uniqueness of your own home oven. The results from that roast definitely took 4.5 hours to complete.....but I cannot recall any of the specifics to cause it to take that long to reach temperature.

            In general guidelines, @ 225*, I plan for 25-30 minutes per pound....@ 250*. I would anticipate 20 minutes per pound. I rarely do 200*, but I have found it to take in the range of 50 minutes per pound or even longer. The reason why I allow for the extra hour of cooking is simply this. It's easier to hold a roast, rather than cook it up. The whole point for me is the low and slow produces tender and juicy meat.....raising the temperature would be akin to rushing and the meat is just a little too chewy. Patience is a virtue. Using 215*, I would expect to split the middle and say it would reach temperature 3.5-4.0 hours . One thing you have to consider is that with low temperature roasting, you need to be sure your oven will not flame out...another reason to allow for the extra time.

            As for my holiday roast that took 4.5 hours, It may have had a large rounder shape, as opposed to a flat one. I may have only allowed the roast to come to room temperature for only an hour, as opposed to 2,3 or 4 hours, thus being cooler than normal(60ish). I may have placed it on the lower rack, rather than the middle.....and dare I say, the oven may not have been clean at the time and the efficiency was compromised.

            With that said, I believe all the following are factors and are variables in determining the final duration time.

            * Temperature of roast before placing initially into the oven

            * Size and shape of the roast...round and large, as opposed to flat and long (center thickness) is more of a consideration, rather than the weight itself. Using Pork as an example, a Whole Loin @ 6-7 pounds will take approximately the same time to reach temperature as one that has be cut in half @ 3-4 pounds.

            * Calibration of oven and accuracy

            * Outside temperature and humidity

            * Rack or no rack for air circulation

            * Shelf Placement....lowest, middle or highest setting

            * Grass Fed or Corn Fed Beef

            * Time and temp of the initial browning phase....or amount of time searing on stove

            I'm sure there are a few more I have missed, but you get the idea.

            Last, with regards to temperature selection, I personally do not like to roast beef above 225* . I find allowing the extra time works best for my needs and convenience. 200 is nice, but I do not feel the extra time is noticeably better over 225. At 250*, I can definitely tell there is more chew.

            If you like to read about some of my experiments with time and temperatures with beef based on size, weight, shape and thickness, give the following thread a read and you can view the results in pictures to see exactly what I mean.


            1. re: fourunder

              Fourunder, you are amazing. What a wealth of information. Thanks!
              (and if "Fourunder" is a reference to your golf game, that must be amazing too... you're my hero!)

              1. re: overthinkit

                fourunder has done some very valuable research over the years and been 'houndish enough to share it. Some of us have tried to contribute to the information, as well as learn from it, but he's certainly the Dean. Do us all a favor, overthinkit, please share your process and results so that the body of "learning" can continue to grow.

                  1. re: overthinkit

                    Okay, here are the results:
                    I put the roast (10 pounds) in at 4pm. It hit 118* at 6pm. I took it out, tented with foil (didn't have a big enough bowl) and wrapped in a towel for 1.5-2 hours. The Internal temp at that point was still 129, so I skipped the 250* reheat and just put it in a 500* oven for 10 minutes.
                    Perfect! The meat was super tender and perfectly cooked throughout.
                    Thanks for all the help, guys!

                1. re: overthinkit

                  Considering I have early Alzheimer's and Arthritis......I'm still pretty good, but here is the inspiration for my moniker explained in another thread:


                  btw.....thanks for the kind words.

                  1. re: fourunder

                    ha! I'll have to remember to use that. great story.

            2. re: fourunder

              fourunder, in case you happen to be around over the next hour or so...
              when you put it back in at 250 for 30 minutes, do you remove it again while the oven is heating to 500? Or just leave it in and crank the heat for the last 10 minutes? I'm on track to pull early, rest an hour, then use your method, but I'm not sure if I need to remove it again to let the oven heat. I have an electric oven if that makes any difference....

              1. re: overthinkit

                Not knowing the shape of your roast, I would say to play it safe and pull it out for 5 minutes and let the oven crank up to 500. During the reheat phase with Prime Rib, I usually just leave the roast in for the 10 minutes.....a 7-Rib Roast, I would go for 12-15 minutes depending on size and shape(20+ pounds).. Every oven is different in terms of insulation and how quickly heat recovers. One point often overlooked when people use Cook Illustrated or Serious Eats as a that they are using the latest and best of what modern kitchens appliances can offer in their test kitchens. Not everyone has a Viking or Wolf commercial type oven at their disposal which maintains heat better and is much more efficient than the ovens that are used in most older homes.

                In the other thread, success and disasters, read (bcantrill) recent results for confidence. If you have a probe thermometer, you may want to shift it from dead center to 1/4 depth to see if the needle rises any from when you place it in for the reheat phase. The reheat phase really does not cook the meat at just brings it up to serving temperature


                For the record, with your electric oven, you could just reduce the oven to a holding temperature of 135-140 and hold any roast, turkey or picnic shoulder for 2 hours....that's what the commercial cook and hold ovens do in commercial kitchens. You can read up on that in the following link for Alto-Shaam products. Click on the *Culinary Resources* and look up the recipe archives for ways to use the low and slow approach for easy roasting and baking.


                If you need any more follow-up, I'll check back in shortly.

                1. re: fourunder

                  cool! so I'm going to put the meat in at 135 until I'm read to serve, then pull it for five minutes, crank the heat and blast for 10 minutes right before serving.
                  Sound good? Thanks for the help! The meat is resting per your instructions as I write this...

                  1. re: overthinkit

                    umm... strike that. My electric oven only goes down to 170. So back to plan A. I'll let you know how it turns out!

                2. re: overthinkit


                  Since you have that electric oven....and you and yours enjoy your beef medium-rare, If your oven can maintain temperatures between 170-190*....then I suggest you try low and slow roasting with the following beef cuts

                  Whole Top Butt Sirloin.....or seamed out into three sections, * The Poor Man's Roast Beef*

                  A Behemoth Chuck Roast or Chuck Blade Roast

                  Tri-Tip Sirloin, also known as Newport Sirloin

                  All three have great beefy taste and can often be purchased on sale for $3 and under. I have access to all through wholesale distributors, but when they go on sale at my local supermarkets, I always have the butchers custom cut larger cuts for me. There are many places that specialize in, and are known for their French Dip or Roast Beef sandwiches. The secret to their success is they roast their beef at 190* or less. Give it a try, but by no means limit yourself to these should also try it with Prime Rib.RibEye Roasts as well.

                3. re: fourunder

                  You created a clever "faux" cambro to rest your meat. Another is to wrap with tin foil first, then line a cooler with towels and let it set in there for 1-2 hours. Cuts much better as well ...

                  1. re: hawkeyeui93

                    Thanks....but really more *lazy* than *clever*. ....if I were to transport to another location, then I would definitely take the extra steps you have outlined with the cooler method.

                    : 0 )

                  2. re: fourunder

                    Hey Fourunder,
                    Have you ever tried your method on fish?
                    I have a huge whole salmon to cook and your techniques have always worked well for me in the past.
                    Merry Christmas!

                    1. re: overthinkit

                      I'm more of a poach fish guy in general, but for fish I would probably not go over 300 and cover in foil or parchment for the whole fish...Fillets could go wither way.

                      The rule is delicate flesh, lower heat. If you are leaving the skin on, you have more leeway, as it protects the flesh.

                      1. re: fourunder

                        I rubbed it inside and out with salt, pepper and mayo (heard mayo keeps it moist), stuffed it with a mix of shaved fennel, onion, and citrus, and tied it up.
                        Now I just have to decide whether to cook it wrapped or unwrapped.

                  3. I've tried all three methods you mentioned on several different types of roast, and they all produce excellent results as long as you monitor the internal temperature closely. I have a slight preference for the CI method, but only because it is simpler.

                    1. Going long and low and THEN blasting after pulling the meat first to allow the oven to come up to temp has always worked best for me (with red meat, non-braising roasts). Flip the order for roasting cuts of pork and poultry.