Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over 20 years. She has cooked on multiple television stations, including the Food Network.
The Perfect Sirloin Roast
If you're lucky enough to find a sirloin roast or sirloin tip roast, then you've elevated a beef roast far beyond a simple pot roast, yummy as that might be. I've noticed they aren't often carried in regular grocery stores, but that may just be because I live in a tiny town with few choices. Larger areas should have them, or the meat counter will probably order one for you if you ask.
I've done a couple of articles on roasting beef with different cuts and techniques. This one however, might be just about my favorite. If you want beautifully tender, medium rare slices of juicy beef then read on, mon ami!
I love sirloin tip roasts. They are far less expensive than prime rib, and if purchased at a warehouse club or in bulk, actually bring something a bit luxurious into the realm of a tightly controlled food budget. If you're careful when you shop, you can often find sirloin tip roasts—whole ones—for less than $5-6 per pound. Serve the roast as simple, perfectly roasted beef the first night, then use the rest for French dip sandwiches with the leftover jus, beef pot pie, sliced thin on a green salad, and even use the trimmings for beef stock. While the initial roast may be more than you're used to thinking of for a single meal, when it's done well it can lead to several meals, so it's pretty economical per serving.
Like most of my recipes, this is far simpler to achieve than you might think. You really only need a few ingredients, including salt and pepper. The only specialty piece of equipment you need is a good meat thermometer, and if you've been reading my articles, you should already have one. If you don't, go! Get one! It's one of the best investments you can make for fabulous food. The payoff is amazing.
How to Make Au Jus
Au jus is French for 'with juice,' and jus is the perfect compliment for this roast. Make sure you place the roast for resting and carving on a board with ridges to catch the juices—save those and transfer them all to a small saucepot. Add a splash of red wine—just a couple of tablespoons, a smashed clove of garlic, and all the bits and pieces that you trim away from the roast as you carve it. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Simmer 5 minutes, strain, and serve with the sliced roast.
Don't Use Cooking Charts
All I ask is that you don't pay attention to the charts that tell you how long to roast per pound—these are so inaccurate you'll end up with underdone or overdone roast and a broken heart. Don't do this to yourself.
The charts don't work because there's no way to accurately predict the starting temperature of the roast, the accuracy of the oven temperature, or the way you're holding your pinky when you put the roast in the oven.
Those all affect how long the cooking process takes. With a meat thermometer, you can stick the roast in the oven and go play tiddlywinks while it cooks, without ever having to bat an eyelash. Set the thermometer to the temperature you want, and it'll alert you when it's time to pull it out. The roast cost more than the thermometer, so just do it my way. You'll thank me.
Make a Savory Paste
Carryover Cooking Is Important
Tying or Trussing the Roast
The Sirloin Tip Roast Ready for the Oven
Perfect Sirloin Roast Recipe
You really don't need much to make the perfect sirloin roast. The meat itself is what should be the star of the show. A few aromatic ingredients are all it takes for a mouth watering result.
- 1 3-5 lb roast
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- Several cranks of freshly cracked black pepper
- 3 T. olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Put all ingredients except the roast into the bowl of a food processor, and pulse several times until finely chopped. You can also chop them and whisk together by hand. Don't skimp on the salt. It will work with the natural juices of the roast to form the crusty exterior.
- Rub the garlic/rosemary mixture thoroughly over the surface of the roast, massaging it in. Insert the probe of a meat thermometer into the very center of the roast.
- Place in oven, and roast until you reach an internal temperature of 130 F for medium rare. For each additional 'step' of doneness, add ten degrees. So medium would be 140, medium-well, 150, and well-done 160.
- Pull from the oven when the thermometer reads 130. Make a tent of foil and loosely cover the roast. You'll see carryover cooking increase the temperature another 5-10 degrees. That's fine. You planned on it.
- Carve the roast on a cutting board or large platter to catch the juices. Don't waste those—they are delicious too! Use a spoon to drizzle the jus over the meat when you serve it
A little horseradish sauce is also a very fine thing, as is good Dijon, or a red wine sauce . . . or nothing! This one is flavorful enough to go naked! Yay naked!
Sirloin Tip Roast
Thickest part of the roast is where to take the temperature.
Sirloin Tip Roast #2
Sirloin Tip Roast #1
I love the chaos in your video. Your food looks delicious. Will definitely try your recipe. on November 01, 2019:
I love the chaos in your kitchen!
julia on March 26, 2018:
how long does it take to cook a 15 pound roast
Jean on December 17, 2017:
What about cooking a 17 lb. sirloin roast. Any guess on how long it might take?
Cheri on September 23, 2017:
How do I cook a 11.50 sirloin roast
Patty on March 09, 2017:
What kind of pan are we using is it a roasting pan with a rack or is it a shallow pan with a rack
adam on January 21, 2017:
if im going to sear this first should i still put the herb mixture on than sear?
Eleanor on October 10, 2016:
How long would A 4lb roast take to get to 130. Thanks
Joy on August 05, 2016:
Hi, what are the requirements for a good thermometer? I have two at home, wondering if I have to go to the store....
Lynn Savitzky from New Jersey on April 06, 2015:
This is REALLY helpful. I'm still trying to perfect my roast beef skills.
Tony on July 14, 2013:
Just finished making and eating this for Sunday dinner. It was the best roast I've ever had. Thank you. I will make this time and time again.
Jan Charles (author) from East Tennessee on February 21, 2012:
@MayDaydt - I'm so sorry - I just saw this! I know it's late, but I hope this helps. 2Lbs is a rather small roast, I'd be tempted to pan sear it, then oven roast it for about 18-20 minutes for medium rare. I think that's more effective than using the method for bigger roasts!
maydaydt on February 04, 2012:
how long does it usually take to achieve 130 degrees?
I have a 2 lb. sirloin roast.
Jan Charles (author) from East Tennessee on December 06, 2011:
Oh I'm so glad! I'm THRILLED y'all enjoyed it!
Debbie, in San Jose on December 06, 2011:
My first time cooking a roast and this was DELICIOUS and so easy!!! I will use this recipe again. Family loved it too!!