Eye of Round – Pt 1 Small End Roast

I rarely buy large pieces of beef/steaks due to the price, but Freshco had a ‘sale’ this past week on whole fresh eye of round roasts so I picked up a relatively small one  (2.7 kg) and cut it into four pieces for future cooking. I ended up with two roasts (1 kg and 0.63 kg), four quarter inch thick steaks for braciole (0.45 kg) and a small bag of beef cubes (0.30 kg) for some sort of stew.

Using a high heat roasting technique, I cooked the smaller of the two roasts to medium/medium-rare and used the meat for supper and work lunches. I was pleased with the results though it could have been a BIT rarer. I’ve been advised to keep the high heat roasting time the same but reduce the oven standing time to achieve that result. Something to try next time.

High Heat Roasting Technique

Preheat oven to 500 deg F.

Let meat come to room temperature about an hour before you want to roast.

Rub with olive oil and seasonings in a wet rub using garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil, oregano, rosemary, etc., Roast at 500 deg for 5 minutes per pound/0.454 kg.

Shut off the oven and roast an additional hour per 2.2 pounds/1 kg, but do not open the oven for any reason during that time.

When the time is up, remove the roast from oven, cover and let sit for 15-20 min.

Roast beef, loaded baked potato and Caesar salad

5 thoughts on “Eye of Round – Pt 1 Small End Roast

    1. I’d like it rarer too. My first time using the technique and figuring out how to adjust it for my oven. Next time I’d let it rest for a shorter time in the oven with the power off. Instead of 40 minutes … maybe 30 would be enough. 🙂

      1. My roast was sort of triangular. I started cutting at the ‘fat’ end which was rarer. Those slices are on the plate. As I got to the ‘skinny’ end, it was less rare and that’s the profile you see. 🙂

  1. That’s an interesting technique – I haven’t seen it before. The eye of round is tricky because it can be tough and dense and dry and chewy if you’re not careful but it sounds like you found a great way to cook it.

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