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Classic Roast Beef Recipe
This Classic Roast beef recipe is perfect for Sunday dinner or anytime of the week! Here’s a simple recipe for making a delicious roast beef that’s been passed down from my Grandma Benson.
My mom always made this classic roast beef recipe with homemade brown gravy and mashed potatoes for our Sunday dinner. She would put the roast in the oven before we left for church and as soon as we got home, she took the roast out of the oven to rest while she made the mashed potatoes and gravy.
Classic Roast Beef Recipe
Classic Roast Beef Recipe
Roast beef is a classic Sunday dinner dish that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Here's a simple recipe for making a delicious roast beef that's homemade and is easy to make!
- 3-4 lbs beef roast (rump, bottom, or pot roast)
- 1 tsp salt to taste
- ½ tsp pepper to taste
- 3 tbsp oil (vegetable, canola, or avocado oil)
- 1 tsp Johnny's seasoning salt (or any seasoning salt)
Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C).
Season the beef roast generously with salt, pepper, and seasoning salt, rubbing it into the meat with your hands.
In a large roasting pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot. Place the seasoned beef roast in the skillet and sear it on all sides until browned, about 5 minutes per side.
Place the lid on the roasting pan and place in the preheated oven. Roast the beef for about 2½ -3 hours, or until the beef becomes tender and starts to fall apart.
Remove the beef roast from the oven and place the roast beef on a platter or large plate and cover with the roasting pan lid. Allow the meat to rest while you make the gravy from the pan drippings. I prefer to pull my roast beef apart with a fork but you can slice it into pieces if you prefer. Save the drippings in the pan to make the gravy. I'll link the gravy recipe below.
I like to serve my roast beef dinner with my homemade brown gravy, mashed potatoes, and brown sugar butter carrots or a side of sweet corn. I also like to make my homemade rolls or braided bread when I have time. All these other recipes are linked in the blog post.
Roast Beef and Brown Gravy go hand in hand.
I like to serve my roast beef dinner with my homemade brown brown gravy, mashed potatoes, and brown sugar butter carrots or a side of sweet corn and when I have time, I like to make my homemade rolls or braided bread.
In my family, it’s all about the gravy! We alway make a lot because everyone loves it! Another bonus of having gravy is that if you overcook the roast a bit, smother it in gravy. If you’re roast beef dry, it’s a great way to moisten up the meat!
Make sure you season the roast generously and on all sides. I like to use Johnny’s Seasoning Salt but you can use any brand. Use can also use any oil you like. If you’re making gravy from the roast drippings, you will probably want to use vegetable, canola, or avocado oil. Olive oil will change the flavor of the gravy so if you want to use it you can, just use light olive oil.
I usually cook the roast for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, depending on the type of roast you use, it can take a little more or less. Cooking it on a lower temperature allows the roast time to get tender but also keep the bottom and pan drippings from burning. The drippings are very important if you plan to make the gravy after the roast is done.
When it becomes fork tender and shreddable, the roast is done. If you look at the image below, you can see the carmelization on the outside of the roast. That is what you want the roast to look like. The caramelized drippings are so flavorful and is also what makes good gravy.
Using the right pan
As far a the roasting pan goes, I love my magnalite roasting pan to make my roast beef in. Both of my grandmas and my mom have one. These are heirloom pans that last a lifetime and are handed down to our children and grandchildren. If you like this recipe, you’ll want to invest in one of these pans! I’ll link a few of my favorites below. Just tap on the images to see the options. (I have four of them!)
They come in a handful of sizes and I use all of them. You can find used magnalite pans on Etsy and eBay or buy a new one.
Classic Homemade Roast Beef Recipe and Sides
If you love homemade comfort food, definitely give this recipe a try! This classic roast beef recipe will become a family favorite for Sunday dinners or any gathering. It’s so easy to make and feeds a crowd. Below are the other sides I like to serve with dinner. Definitely try them out and make this a new tradition!
Homemade Mashed Potoates
Homemade Brown Sugar Butter Carrots
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MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says
Holly, I love your recipe for the roast beef, the gravy and the carrots! Next time we have company for dinner, I am going to make all this! Everything looks so delicious! Thanks!
Thanks so much Mary-Ann! These are family favorite recipes! I’m excited to hear how they turn out when you give them a try! I’ll try to have the brown sugar butter carrot recipe up soon so you can try that one too. Just added the mashed potatoes to the blog!