Oven Cooked Roast Beef Perfection | Easy Family Recipes

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Are you ready to master the art of cooking the perfect roast beef right in your own oven? Look no further! This roast beef recipe is your ultimate guide to transforming a simple piece of beef into a succulent, mouth-watering masterpiece. 

Whether you’re hosting a special occasion dinner party or simply want to elevate your weeknight meals, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to nail this classic dish. 

So, if you’re dreaming of slicing into that perfect roast with a crispy outside and tender, flavorful inside, join us as we dive into the world of roast beef. It’s easier than you think, and we promise, your taste buds will thank you. Let’s get cooking!

You don’t need a slow cooker for delicious beef roast – this slow method uses a Pyrex dish! This oven cooked recipe will have your family joining you for dinner every time you bring it to the table!

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Roast Beef Perfection Ingredients

We absolutely love garlic around here so if you are not a huge garlic fan you can reduce the amount used and drop the garlic pepper if you like. If you love garlic, then continue on as directed below; it’s delicious!

Roast Beef Perfection
  • Beef roast (whichever cut you prefer)
  • Head of garlic
  • 5-6 carrots
  • 3-4 stalks of celery
  • 1-2 onions
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • oil (I use olive oil)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Montreal steak seasoning
  • seasoning salt
  • salt & pepper
  • garlic pepper

Roast Beef Supplies

Roast Beef Perfection Steps

  • Preheat oven to 475℉
  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: approximately 70-90 minutes

The roast beef should be thawed and not frozen. If previously frozen ensure it has completely thawed.

Rinse, if needed, with cool water and set on a plate. Your roast should not be fridge-cold when placed in the oven so let it stand on the counter during your prep to bring it closer to room temperature.

roast beef prep

Gather your supplies and ingredients. I don’t know about you but I like to gather everything up and have it all in front of me and ready to go so I’m not running all over the place.

Prep the vegetables

Wash carrots and chop in half then quarter them. You do not need to peel your carrots. Once chopped, add to pyrex cooking dish or roasting pan.

Wash celery. Cut lengthwise and then into 2 or 3’s to make celery sticks and add to pyrex dish.

Tip – To keep celery fresh and crisp for weeks chop off ends, wash under cool water, then wrap in a paper towel and aluminum foil tightly. Store in crisper.

Peel and chop onions into large chunks then add to pyrex cooking dish.

Peel entire head of garlic. Add approximately half of the garlic cloves to the veggies in the pyrex pan, then place the remainder of garlic aside. (Yes, I really do like a LOT of garlic, so feel free to just use as much as you prefer!)

Add 2-3 bay leaves to veggies in the pyrex pan.

Lightly drizzle with oil.

Prepare the Roast

Garlic Infusion

Take the remainder of the garlic and cut it into lengthwise pieces. Depending on the size usually in half works. Using a paring knife make holes into your roast beef by gently inserting blade and twisting then push a piece of garlic into each hole. Repeat for the bottom and top sides of roast beef.

roast beef garlic infusion

Place roast beef on top of the bed of veggies in a pyrex pan.

Drizzle roast with Worcestershire sauce and a bit of oil.

Mix together Montreal steak spice, seasoning salt, garlic pepper, black pepper and salt then rub all spices into roast beef.

I actually found amazing garlic pepper at Dollar Tree. It is phenomenal! So amazing to add to mashed potatoes too!

Cook the roast beef

Place Pyrex pan with veggies and roast beef into the preheated oven and immediately turn the oven temperature down to 400℉.

During this cooking time, I prepare my garlic roasted mashed potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. They are both quick and easy and oh so very delicious. You can find more about both recipes down below!

Allow roast to cook for 30-40 minutes. Then add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan to prevent the vegetables from burning. In my oven that is at the 40-minute mark, your oven maybe sooner. Continue to cook.

Determine your degree of doneness

I prefer to cook by thermometer when preparing roasts. It allows you to ensure perfection no matter what size your roast is. My favorite type of thermometer to use is an oven-safe digital thermometer with programmed presets and a timer. These are amazing for cooking on the barbecue too!

Roast beef perfection tips

Depending on the size of the roast and the preferred degree of doneness your cooking time will need to be adjusted. Ours usually takes 1 hour and 10 minutes to get to an internal temperature of 145℉ which is medium-rare.

If you want Yorkshire pudding, now is the time to prepare that as well. It is absolutely amazing and turns out great!

Remove Roast & Let Stand

Once you have reached your preferred degree of doneness remove roast from oven. Place on the cutting board. Your roast will leak so ensure you have something to catch your drippings if your cutting board does not have a drip catch.

Sometimes I place it on a cookie sheet to catch the extra fluid.

roast beef perfection finished

Cover your roast with aluminum foil and a clean dish towel so that it can finish its last bit of internal cooking. Let the roast rest for 15 minutes while covered. Then slice and serve.

Save your roast drippings to make a thick gravy. The veggies taste amazing served alongside the roast beef.

Our garlic roasted mashed potatoes taste amazing with beef dripping gravy. These mashed potatoes are simple to make and a delicious side dish that won’t cost you extra time in preparation since you can make them during the roast cooking time!

If you want more variety, there are over 30 side dishes for pot roast here that you can choose from. I’d recommend checking out the smoky glazed carrots for sure!

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Once you try our recipe and cooking process, let us know what you think by commenting below.

This meal is one of our absolute favorites and we make this for Sunday dinner 2-3 times a month. There are so many great meals that can be made with the leftovers as well.

Make sure to save your leftover veggies and roast. They make a great stew in just a few minutes.

Our Philly Cheesesteak is an awesome way to utilize leftover roast beef! This quick meal can be made in under 30 minutes and is a perfect weeknight meal for busy moms with a busy family always on the go.

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Amanda is a mom of 4 living a mostly crunchy lifestyle outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 dogs, and a cat. As a former special education teacher who also has her personal training certification — Amanda really enjoys teaching others how to do things!

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      1. Please tell me what I did wrong! Followed recipe exactly. Used a Pyrex dish as suggested. After 40 minutes at 400 degrees I added room temperature water to cover the veggies and in less than 30 seconds the Pyrex dish shattered–glass everywhere. Of course I threw out the roast which was starting to smell delicious.
        (I’m thinking I should have used hot water)

        1. I’ve made that mistake before! Anything cold in a hot Pyrex dish will cause the glass to shatter. Sorry that happened to you! Definitely use hot water or broth next time.

  1. This was an absolutely awesome recipe. Couldn’t believe how tender the roast was!!!!! Also added brussel sprouts to the veggies. So good. Perfect. my go to recipe from now on. !!!!

  2. Found this recipe and the baking of it made me try. I prefer meat that is browned, cooked and tender; my husband covers his in gravy so cooked in broth doesn’t matter to him. Thanks for making one to my liking! Yum and will do this again!

  3. Hi Amanda, I had to tell you that when you called for a clove of garlic, I think you meant a head of garlic. A clove is one piece of the head.

    1. You are absolutely right! This is what happens when you write out your recipe after not getting enough sleep. Kids interrupting your sleep will do that to you haha. Thanks for catching that! 🙂

  4. I think it would be a good idea to add that you should add *hot* water after 40 minutes… my pyrex shattered. Beautiful good smelling roast in the trash 😭

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