I’m going to be honest with you: I’m not a fan of cooking beef roasts. I know that sounds crazy, because it’s one of the easiest things you can do in the kitchen. But when it comes to beef, there are so many variables that go into how long it takes for a roast to cook through and reach its proper doneness temperature (or “temperature”). So let me lay out everything you need to know about cooking a beef roast before we get started!
How long you cook a beef roast depends on the cut, how thin it is, and whether you want rare, medium or well-done beef.
How long you cook a beef roast depends on the cut, how thin it is and whether you want rare, medium or well-done beef. The more tender cuts such as sirloin tip roast or top round roast are best cooked at lower temperatures for a longer period of time. Tougher cuts like chuck eye steak need higher temperatures to become tender enough to chew without much effort and time spent chewing them.
You should never cook a beef roast in advance and then refrigerate it.
You should never cook a beef roast in advance and then refrigerate it. If you do, the meat will dry out, become tough and tasteless. It’s better to cook the roast on the day you want to eat it–you’ll have fresher meat that tastes better!
Always let a beef roast rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing or tearing into it.
In order to enjoy your roast to its fullest, it is important that you let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing or tearing into it. This gives the juices time to redistribute throughout the meat, making for a more flavorful and tender bite.
It is also important that you use an instant-read thermometer when determining whether or not your roast has reached its recommended internal temperature (145 degrees F for medium rare). If you do not have one on hand, check out this guide on how long different cuts of beef should be cooked at various temperatures!
Allow the roast to come to room temperature before cooking.
- Allow the roast to come to room temperature before cooking.
- Why is it important to let the roast come to room temperature before cooking?
- How long should it take for the roast to come to room temperature?
If you don’t have time and need your meal right away, skip this step!
Use an instant-read meat thermometer to test for doneness.
To test for doneness, use an instant-read meat thermometer to measure the temperature of the center of your roast. The USDA recommends inserting the thermometer into roasts and other large cuts of meat and leaving it there for at least 5 seconds. The temperature will rise after you take out the thermometer but not enough to affect its accuracy as long as you don’t touch or move anything while it’s in place. You should also make sure that your oven is calibrated correctly before using it–if your oven runs hot or cold compared with what other people say theirs does, then cooking times may need adjusting accordingly (see below).
It’s hard to tell when a roast is done by looking at it because you can’t see what’s going inside of it
It’s hard to tell when a roast is done by looking at it because you can’t see what’s going inside of it. The only way to know for sure is to use a meat thermometer, which will give you an accurate temperature reading.
The best place to insert your meat thermometer is in the thickest part of the roast, which will be about 1/2 inch from where you have sewn up any seams in your meat (if you’ve done so). Inserting it into this area will ensure that its tip does not touch bone or fat and gives you an accurate reading without fail. You can also check if your roast has reached its desired internal temperature by pressing down on top with two fingers; if there’s little resistance under pressure, then your roast should be ready!
Once removed from ovens and allowed rest for 5 minutes before carving into slices or cubes (depending on how big they are), roasts usually rise 5 degrees higher due to carry-over cooking effects whereby heat continues being transferred after removal from source heat source (in this case–your oven).
So there you have it. A quick rundown of how long to cook a beef roast in the oven. We hope that this article has helped you understand how long it takes to cook a roast, what factors affect its cooking time and how long we recommend cooking each type of meat for. If you have any other questions about cooking times or anything else related to roasting meats at home, please reach out! We would love nothing more than for our readership here at Food Bloggers’ Network grow even larger than what it already is today!