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Do you want to cook the best beef roast? One that a prime rib house would be proud to serve? This is how I get a gorgeous slice of beef at home. Take a rib roast – about 4 bones worth – and cut away the bone to get a big piece of boneless ribeye.1 Rub the roast with salt, pepper, and a lot of minced herbs. Cook it on the rotisserie until it has a crisp brown crust and a perfectly medium-rare interior. (As much as I love gnawing on a rib bone, the advantage to a boneless roast is that crust – all the way around the outside of the roast.) Let it rest for a few minutes, then slice and serve. Easy peasy.
The key to perfect beef (medium-rare, thank you very much) is internal temperature. This big hunk of beef needs to come off the grill at 120°F internal temperature. Less than that (say, 110°F to 115°F) is rare – which is good, if you like your roast to “moo” when you poke it with a fork. More than that (say, 125°F to 135°F) is medium – pink in the middle, but bordering on the danger zone. Get above 135°F, and you’re looking at disaster – also known as medium-well beef. Or worse.2 The key is an instant read thermometer – cooking by time is just asking for trouble.
The other key to this roast is the beautiful, browned crust on the outside. That’s where the rotisserie comes in. The spinning rotisserie bastes the roast in its own juices as it cooks. The result is the best crust on a roast you will ever see. The herbs add another layer of flavor to the brown, crispy goodness. My wife demands asks for the end of the roast – she doesn’t care about medium-rare, she just wants as much crust as possible.
This is a big roast – assume a half pound of beef per person – so, you can serve 12 dedicated carnivores with this 6 pound roast. If you have beef dilettantes, you can get away with serving 14 to 16 people. In my family, this roast is good for 8 beef loving adults, plus a gaggle of young kids…but we love our beef.
(And, if you want to cheat, reach for the spinalis dorsi. What’s the spinalis? It’s the ribeye cap – the crescent of beef on top of the eye of fat in the roast. I look for the slices cut with the widest piece of spinalis. It is my favorite cut of beef, which is saying a lot. When I share a slice of beef with the kids, I make sure to take the spinalis, and leave the rest for them. I’m not proud…but I’m not changing.)
Recipe: Rotisserie Ribeye Roast with Herb Crust
Video: Rotisserie Ribeye Roast with Herb Crust [YouTube.com]
- Grill with the rotisserie attachment (I love my Weber Summit 6-Burner grill)
- Butchers Twine
- Gloves (I use welding gloves)
- Instant Read Thermometer (I love my Thermapen – it is so choice – but the ThermoPop will get the job done for less, if you need to save your pennies.)
Rotisserie Ribeye Roast with Herb Crust recipe. The best beef ribeye roast – a big piece of boneless roast, medium-rare on the inside, with a beautiful browned crust thanks to the rotisserie.
- 6 Pound Boneless Beef Ribeye Roast
- 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced parsley leaves
- 2 teaspoons minced thyme
- 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
- Extra thyme and rosemary sprigs to stuff under the trussing twine (optional)
- Truss, Season, and Spit the roast: Truss the roast into a tight cylinder with butcher’s twine, tying it about every inch and a half. (My roast was 10 inches long; I trussed it with 6 pieces of twine.) Mix the salt, pepper, and minced herbs; sprinkle them evenly over the roast, patting to help them stick. If you have extra sprigs of thyme and rosemary, tuck them under the trussing twine to add a little extra flavor. (This is not essential – but I figure, if I have the extra sprigs, I’ll put them to use.) Let the roast rest at room temperature until the grill is ready. (If you have the time, do this the night before cooking, and rest the seasoned roast in the refrigerator. This will dry brine the roast, seasoning it more thoroughly. )
- Prepare the grill: Set the grill up for rotisserie cooking at medium-high heat, about 400°F. For my Weber Summit, this means removing the grates, turning the two outer burners (burners 1 and 6) to high, and turning the infrared burner to high. Then I put my drip pan in the middle, over the unlit burners, and let the grill preheat for ten to fifteen minutes.
- Cook the roast: Put the spit on the rotisserie and start it spinning. Cook with the lid closed until the roast reaches an internal temperature of 120°F for medium rare, about 75 minutes. (Cook to 110°F to 115°F for rare, 125°F to 135°F for medium. If you want to go higher than that, don’t tell me; I don’t want to know.) Start checking the temperature after 30 minutes of cooking time, and every 10 to 15 minutes after that, depending on how close to done you are.
- Rest, carve and serve: Remove the spit from the grill. Be careful – the spit is hot. Remove the roast from the spit, transfer to a platter, remove the twine and any whole herb sprigs that stick to the roast. Let the roast rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving into 1/2″ thick slices. Serve and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1/2 pound per serving
What do you think?
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