You do not have to spend a fortune on an expensive roast to create an awesome roast for your dinner. I spent only $2.47 a lb. on a boneless beef chuck cross rib roast and made a roast that rivaled prime rib. How did I take an ordinary roast and make it taste like prime rib? And so tender we barely needed a knife to cut it?
Frugal Holiday Roast Beef Recipe
First I picked a roast that had some fat in it. We often buy lean roasts forgetting that marbling and fat add flavor. You will want to pick a roast that has a thin layer of fat on it. I choose a boneless cross rib roast and even though it has some fat, it was still less than prime rib usually has on it.
Then I pretended I was cooking a standing rib roast (prime rib) and cooked it like prime rib: High heat for a short time to lock in the juices then low and slow until it is cooked all the way through.
Once you coat the roast with spices make sure you flip the roast so the fat side is on top, it will help keep the roast tender.
- 3.5 - 6 pound cross rib roast
- olive oil
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- smoked paprika
- seasoned salt (How to Make Seasoned Salt)
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
- Place roast in a roasting pan, brush with oil, and sprinkle the spices over the roast.
- Flip roast so the fat side is up.
- Place in oven and roast for 25 minutes at 500 degrees.
- Turn the oven down to 200 degrees and cook for 25 minutes per pound or until the internal temperature is at least 145 degrees.
- Remove from oven and let rest for 20 minutes.
- Slice and serve.