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Recommend a beef roast, please!

terlin Jul 21, 2013 01:38 PM

What cut of beef makes a good roast that is not too fatty and not too tough

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    wyogal RE: terlin Jul 21, 2013 01:53 PM

    It depends on what you want, I like a chuck roast for fall apart goodness, cooked until the fat melts, more of a well-done roast, served with gravy and potatoes.
    I like a tenderloin for a medium cooked, thin sliced meat, served at room temperature.
    A brisket is great, cooked low and slow, but better smoked!
    and then, there is prime rib....

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      chloebell RE: wyogal Jul 21, 2013 01:55 PM

      Most of the time it's a chuck for me. Brisket is good too.

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        deputygeorgie RE: wyogal Jul 25, 2013 10:42 AM

        I agree with wyogal. Chuck roast for Sunday dinner types of roast. Tenderloin for more 'steak' type dinner and brisket is almost barbecue to me...

      2. monavano RE: terlin Jul 21, 2013 01:55 PM

        Filet mignon would fit not fatty and easy and relatively quick cooking that yields tender, albeit not incredibly flavorful, meat.
        But, that's what sauces are for!

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          terlin RE: terlin Jul 21, 2013 01:59 PM

          How about Eye of Round?

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            wyogal RE: terlin Jul 21, 2013 02:02 PM

            Just don't overcook it. It is less expensive than the tenderloin, but cooks about the same. Cook it to medium. Unless you like rare! :)

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              Gail RE: terlin Jul 21, 2013 02:07 PM

              It is truly fat-free, so needs a flavor boost. I'd serve it thinly sliced with a red wine reduction.

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                greygarious RE: terlin Jul 21, 2013 03:13 PM

                Do an advanced search on this board for the Cook's Illustrated slow-roast eye round technique, which creates excellent roast beef.

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                  Atochabsh RE: terlin Jul 26, 2013 05:28 PM

                  I find it pretty tough. I try to find a top sirloin roast for roast beef. Most times it comes in that netting. But the best of course is prime rib roast. And I will buy a couple around the holidays when they are on sale and freeze them.

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                    Ruthie789 RE: terlin Jul 26, 2013 07:13 PM

                    I do buy this cut especially when on sale, as another poster advised you must not overcook it. As well this cut of meat is often tenderized. It can be a good cut of meat, especially with a nice sauce.

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                    grumpyspatient RE: terlin Jul 21, 2013 03:16 PM

                    Spoon roast, which is a sirloin roast...cooked to a medium rare. I won't say its a lean cut tho. also really good slow cooked on the grill.
                    a little olive oil, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and garlic.

                    1. Bada Bing RE: terlin Jul 21, 2013 06:06 PM

                      It will help if you say more about your serving plan and also, relatively speaking, what counts for you as "not too fatty."

                      Referring to the responses so far, for example, if you really want a low-fat (for beef) roast, then the Cooks Illustrated recipe for eye of round could be a winner. But that roast actually has so little fat that you cannot produce a gravy from it very well, and also it needs to be served in quite thin slices--like for a roast beef sandwich.

                      In the other direction, a chuck roast is delicious but definitely fatty and also unctuous from connective tissues that break down into a kind of gelatin (yummy but heavy). It's best as a braise or pot roast, I think.

                      An awesome (if expensive) is a strip loin roast, or of course a prime rib roast. Here's a Chow thread to get your started:


                      An advantage of the strip loin is that it's generally boneless and quite uniform; even cooking is therefore easier than with prime rib. But the rib bones on a rib roast are favorites for me, so that's incredible, too. There's a reason these are the most expensive of typical roast cuts.

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                        fourunder RE: terlin Jul 21, 2013 09:20 PM

                        Personally, I do not think an Eye Round makes a good Roast Beef, as I find it dry and lacking flavor for my tastes, regardless if it's cooked to medium rare and sliced thin. for the same money, there are better options for me to consider and enjoy.

                        Assuming you are looking for modest priced option, here are my suggestions. You make have to seek out a butcher or speak with the butcher at your local market for a special order for the weight you need for one single roast....or you can roast two smaller ones.

                        Shoulder Clod
                        Shoulder/Cross Rib Roast (Fore)
                        Whole Top Butt Sirloin...*The Poor Man's Roast/Prime Rib*
                        Knuckle Joint/Bottom Sirloin (Hind)
                        Top Blade Roast (Flat Iron)....you would need two

                        I happen to like Chuck Roast for myself, and I have made some really incredibly tender ones in the past,and a few clunkers, but you need to have them 3-4 inches thick and roast them low and slow for best results. Have a look at the following threads to see the results in pictures. The !2 pound 4 inch thick cut I had specially cut when a local supermarket had them on sale for under $2.50/lb....


                        For the Cross Rib/Shoulder:


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                          Ruthie789 RE: fourunder Jul 25, 2013 04:13 PM

                          My Mom almost always used the cross rib, and it was always tender and very tasty.

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                            fourunder RE: Ruthie789 Jul 26, 2013 10:08 AM

                            Yes, for an oven roast beef cooked less than Medium temperature, I agree.....it's also a great bargain when it goes on sale.

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                              Ruthie789 RE: fourunder Jul 26, 2013 01:52 PM

                              Very much so, I am having a vision of my Mom's roast beef, mashed potatoes and her amazing Yorkshire pudding. I miss her Sunday dinners.

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                            mucho gordo RE: fourunder Jul 26, 2013 03:44 PM

                            Definitely chuck. If you haven't tried it this way, add 2 T steak sauce, 1 pkg. dry onion soup mix and a can of cream of mushroom soup and wrap the whole thing in foil. Don't peek--just cook at 350 for 4 hours (any size) and when you unwrap it, you won't even need a knife to cut it. Have plenty of rolls for sopping!

                          3. Ruthie789 RE: terlin Jul 25, 2013 04:11 PM

                            I like a faux fillet. It does have some fat in it but eat around it, and it is very tender and expensive.

                            1. Ruthie789 RE: terlin Jul 25, 2013 04:17 PM

                              I have made the following recipe many times and it is quite tasty.

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                                hankstramm RE: terlin Jul 26, 2013 10:26 AM

                                Assuming you want to roast something and not braise (pot roast), a lean and tasty roast is the sirloin roast, Strip roast (NY Strip in roast form) or if you can go with more fat, probably the tastiest is the Rib roast or rib-eye roast.

                                1. katz66 RE: terlin Aug 9, 2013 08:44 AM

                                  rib roast or tenderloin that is what goes in our fireplace or oven. In the slow cooker or slow roasting it is chuck.

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                                    Puffin3 RE: katz66 Aug 9, 2013 11:54 AM

                                    Chuck for sure but if you're getting it from a butcher shop tell them you want the end of the chuck that is the fattiest. The collagen will melt like butter. 'Low and slow' @ 200F covered until the internal temp is about 135F. Remove and rest and the carryover' will raise the internal temp a bit. Beef doesn't need to be screaming hot when served if the sauce/gravy/garlic mashed Yukon Gold mashed potatoes/fresh carrots are IMO.

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                                      Gail RE: Puffin3 Aug 9, 2013 06:05 PM

                                      I understand the value of fat for flavor. But with the price of beef now, I don't want to pay for fat weight rather the meat.

                                  2. greygarious RE: terlin Aug 13, 2013 01:49 PM

                                    The OP never specified whether s/he is talking about roast beef or pot roast but since s/he asked about eye round in a downthread post, I *think* the question refers to roast beef, in which case some of the other responses are on the wrong track for this thread, e.g., mucho gordo's chuck, which creates a great pot roast but uses foil wrapping to create a braising environment rather than the more typically-used Dutch oven.

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                                      hankstramm RE: greygarious Aug 13, 2013 11:05 PM

                                      Yup, hence my response.

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