Tips for Roasting Beef and a visit to Certified Angus Beef

Tips for roasting leaner cuts of beef.

Cuts of Beef

Last month I had the privilege of visiting the folks at Certified Angus Beef.  I love meeting the people that are behind the food I eat.  I expected there would be a lot of talk about how much better Certified Angus Beef is than other beef.  That is certainly a claim I believe.  Instead I learned that their philosophy is to teach people how to cook beef in particular how to roast.  They are about education, teaching people to cook.  What a cool concept. Certified Angus Beef has many Chefs on staff and they get to be very creative in what they make.  They are working on making charcuterie out of beef instead of pork.  I am in love with that idea.  I asked if they were going to sell any of the sausages and charcuterie they make, and was told no.  It goes back to their philosophy, they want to teach Chefs and home cooks to make their own.  

For those of us trying to eat healthfully, it is important to know what cuts are lean.  There are about 29 cuts of beef that are considered lean by the USDA.  My new favorite roast is a Strip Roast from the loin of the cow.  While we were there, Chef Ashley made us a strip roast, simply flavored with salt and pepper.  I was blown away by the flavor.  The strip roast is tender, lean and full-flavored.  It has become my new favorite, ahead of a tenderloin.

Next there is the “King” of lean roasts, the tenderloin from the loin of the cow.  This usually is  my go-to roast as it is lean, tender and mild flavored.  It will also stay moist if you are serving it at a party.  It is an expensive cut so look to serve it for special occasions.

Next comes the Top Sirloin Roast  also from the loin of the cow.  It is lean, juicy and tender.  Crust it with herbs and spices and you have a delicious dinner.

Eye of Round Roast is one of the most economical roasts from the round of the cow.  It is very lean and best cooked to medium-rare.

Sirloin Tip Center Roast is also lean, tender and inexpensive from the round of the cow.  This is another cut best cooked to medium-rare and sliced thinly against the grain.

Ball Tip Roast is a new discovery for me.  It is also from the loin of the cow and comes from the bottom sirloin.  It is also economical and very easy to prepare. I recently used this cut in my Asian Beer Marinated Beef Roast.

You will find all of these cuts can be called different names in your grocery store.  Download the RoastPerfect app and you can find the most common names for all of these cuts.  It helps when you are at your butcher buying your roast.

Do you know that there are three grades of meat?  Choice, Select and Prime.  The grades are given based 10 science based factors including the marbling within the meat, not the fat on the outside.  The more marbling, the higher the grade of meat.  The marbling inside the beef is actually monounsaturated fat.  That was a new fact to me. The grader actually puts a small camera into the meat to determine the grade.  Only a small portion of beef is certified as Prime, the highest rating.  Choice beef which has moderate to small amounts of marbling is the most prevalent.

How do you like your beef cooked?  I personally love it medium rare.  I was very surprised to find out that 72% of people prefer their meat medium to well done.  We actually have a friend who likes his tenderloin butterflied (cut in half) then cooked well done.  I cannot even imagine eating a delicious cut of beef like a tenderloin that well done.  I think part of the problem is that people confuse the red juice coming from the meat with blood.  It is not blood.  It is simply liquid from the meat.

Tips for Roasting Beef

Lets get to tips for cooking a beef roast.  Beef can take a lot of spices.  Be sure to salt and pepper your beef well.  Let it come to room temperature before you cook it.  This will help the beef cook more evenly.  Use a thermometer.  I have one that goes in the beef while it is cooking.  It beeps at me when the beef is cooked to the temperature I want it.  Rest your meat!  Let me say it again, rest your meat.  Beef needs to rest for at least 20 minutes.  Also remember that it will continue to cook while it is resting, that can mean an increase of 10• temperature.  So be sure to take your roast out of the oven when it is about 10• to 20• lower than the temperature you want to eat it at.  When you are cutting your beef, cut it against the grain.  The leaner cuts also need to be sliced thinly.

Here’s some recipes to get you started on your roasting journey.  Roasting beef is very easy and fantastic for a family dinner.

Asian Beer Marinated Beef

Asian Beer Marinated Beef – Ball Tip Roast

Peppercorn Crusted Standing Rib Roast

Peppercorn Crusted Standing Rib Roast 

Garlic Rosemary Crusted Rib Roast

Garlic Rosemary Crusted Rib Roast 

On a totally separate note, Certified Angus Beef had the most wonderful hot chocolate bar set up.  My jaw literally dropped to the ground when we walked into their entertaining area.  They have taken over a restaurant and made it into a place where they can bring large groups to teach them about cooking.  It was decorated so beautifully for Christmas.  I would love to make a Hot Chocolate Bar like theirs for a party.

Hot Chocolate Bar

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Happy Healthy Eating,


Tips for Roasting Beef and Different Lean Cuts to Use


  1. Charlotte Moore says
    I am one of those that can't eat it unless it is well done. Ha!!
  2. I usually pick a tenderloin since it cooks so quickly and is nice and lean. I need to give these other cuts a try more often!
  3. Thank you for the fabulous tips! :) I had the pleasure of meeting some of the great folks from Certified Angus Beef at the Food & Wine Conference this past July, and they really know their stuff. I learned so much from them,
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Everyone that works with Certified Angus Beef is amazing. What an incredible company to work for. It shows in the final product.
  4. I really need this info! So useful! I love my beef cooked about medium :)
  5. You are so right about these tips - they are guaranteed to give you a perfect roast! Now I'm craving. Guess we'll have roast for New Years!

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