How to Make Homemade Roast Beef



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    How To Make Homemade Roast Beef

    Learn how to make Roast Beef with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.

    What Is Roast Beef?

    Roast beef can be made from Eye of the Round, Sirloin or Tri-Tip. It is very popular as both a main meal and is also often made specifically for cold cuts. Eye of the round is not as tender a cut as either Sirloin or a Tri-Tip so unless we process and cook this carefully we could end up with tough roast beef.

    Meat Block

    Eye of the Round with fat cap attached.

    Additives

    Butter Flavored Seasoning
    Prime Rib Rub
    Or
    Prime Rib Rub no MSG

    Process

    We are going to inject this with Butter Flavored soluble seasoning with the Walton’s Syringe Injector. This seasoning can be used on almost any cut of meat, it imparts a great flavor and it already has phosphates in it which will help increase the water holding capacity of the meat which will give us a juicier finished product.

    My injection is 1 lb of water and 5 oz of seasoning. The directions say to use this as a 10% pump but since it does not contain any cure I am going to just pump this until it won’t hold anymore. I am going to rub the outside with Prime Rib Rub seasoning, I want to really coat the outside with this since I am going to be slicing it thin and I won’t be getting much of the outside on each slice.

    Marinating

    Next I am going to vacuum pack it and let it marinate overnight. Since it is so large I am using one of our Vacmaster suction sealers and a vac bag roll. I create the size bag I need by slicing the roll and then sealing one side of the bag, then I place my meat inside and seal the bag. Let this sit overnight and be ready to smoke it in the morning.

    Note

    If you cannot inject or vacuum pack you might want to let it sit in the marinade longer than 12 hours. If you can let it sit a full 24 hours it will pick up and retain more of the seasoning.

    If you do not have a way to control humidity in your smoker then add a water pan and cook at 240° until internal temp is 140° for 12 minutes.

    Thermal Processing & Smoking

    Stage 1 - 120° - 30 Minutes RH 0
    Stage 2 - 140° - 60 Minutes RH 60
    Stage 3 - 160° - 30 Minutes RH 60
    Stage 4 - 180° Until internal temp is 140° for 12 minutes

    Cooling

    Serve right away for traditional meal.

    For cold cuts let it sit out at room temperature for an hour before moving to a cooler. For best results let it sit in cooler overnight before slicing for cold cuts.

    Wrap up

    All in all this was very easy to do and we were able to achieve very similar results with cooking it in our small smoker as we did with our professional smokehouse. The ability to accurately control humidity in the large smokehouse did allow us to cook quicker but the result was similar.

    Additional Tips

    • If I was making this just for myself I would have stopped at 130° because I like it extra bloody.

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    Here is a link to a website that has a handy Excel spreadsheet. It is, as it says a free non-commercial site.
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    @jonathon

    Thanks Jonathon! One question tho! You eluded to 178 being high for a temp! Don’t you guys recommend setting the temp at 175 during the final stage to completion to internal temp? Three degrees shouldn’t make that much difference should it??

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    @lamurscrappy

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