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The Secret to The Best Roast Beef Recipe? Hint: it doesn’t involve your oven!

This killer roast beef recipe is slow cooked on the bbq. The rub is a little spicy, a lot smoky, and a tad sweet from the coconut sugar. It’s gluten free, paleo, and best of all, you don’t have to turn on the oven. That means you can enjoy tender, juicy, roast beef evenin the hottest part of summer.The accompanying fresh cherry relish is not to be skipped. You may even want to make a double batch. Jump Straight to the Recipe

A wise man named Ferris Bueller once said:
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

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Words of serious brilliance coming from the most charming and puckish teen hero of the 1980’s. Over the past couple of months, this quote has been ringing in my ears. Because, guess what, life does move pretty fast.

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Slow food + Slow Living

Our culture doesn’t really value slow living. We have quickie marts, fast food, drive though everything from banking to espresso, and so-called convenience foods lining every aisle of the grocer. I’m trying my hardest to resist the siren song of speed.

Taking things slowly has not always been my default. In life, I start from a place of yes, which has its benefits, but leisurely pacing is not usually one of them. I’m not entirely to blame for my go-go-go nature. My mother was a tornado of a woman who prided herself on cleaning like a whirling dervish, getting homemade meals on the table in 20 minutes, and working 50 hours a week. Luckily, I also had my father who never missed a chance to take a breather, engage in a long conversation, or enjoy a cup of tea and a cookie while reading the morning paper. I’d like to think that I’m moving in his direction.

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Embracing Slow Pacing

This spring, I planted a garden. I’m attempting to grow most of our own produce this season. I’ve been gorging on plums and tomatoes this week, eating home grown carrots straight from the ground, and picking fresh herbs for each and every meal. In the next few weeks, I believe I’ll be drowning in summer squash, green beans, heirloom tomatoes, and new potatoes.The garden goes at its own pace, slowly at first, then building momentum. It cannot be rushed. It doesn’t care that there are people waiting on it. The garden just is. I’m hoping to learn a lot from that little swath of dirt.

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How SlowCan You Go?

Last weekend, I went out for dinner with friends. The restaurant, called Cask and Barrel, is rather new and is within walking distance of my house. The food is thoughtful, seasonal, and local. I feasted on charred watermelon with strawberry mousse and goat feta and a stunning rillette topped with pickled pink beets, fern fronds, quail eggs, and salmon roe. The real showstopper, for me, was local lamb shoulder which was smoked for eight hours and finished in a sous vide bath for 56 hours. This, my friends, is slow food at its finest. The lamb, which came wrapped in a horseradish leaf, was mind-bendingly good. It was served on a big rustic board. We savored the butter-soft lamb, transporting it to our mouths with our hands, licking our fingers, and sipping champagne. A fire pit blazed on the patio, the food filled our bellies, and conversation never dipped as we lingered late into the night.

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The next morning, I woke, thinking of the lamb. Though I don’t have a smoker or a sous vide machine, I wanted to replicate that slow-cooked tenderness, that jubilant atmosphere, those thoughtful flavors.

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Inspired, I pulled a grass fed roast beef from the fridge and took some time to reflect on the night. And so, my slow cooked, barbecued, roast beef was born. Not only is this BBQ Roast Beef Recipeeasy and delicious, you never have to turn on your oven. Considering we’ve had a couple of 100º days already,that’s a good thing. Served with a cherry and allspice relish, it’s like a summer version of the Sunday roast. I hope you enjoy it, with friends, good conversation, and glass of bubbles to wash it all down.
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BBQ Roast Beef with Fresh Cherry Relish


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Serves:6-8 Servings

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This killer roast beef recipe is slow cooked on the bbq. The rub is a little spicy, a lot smoky, and a tad sweet from the coconut sugar. It’s gluten free, paleo, and best of all, you don’t have to turn on the oven. That means you can enjoy tender, juicy, roast beef even in the hottest part of summer. The accompanying fresh cherry relish is not to be skipped. You may even want to make a double batch.


Roast Beef

  • 1 3-4 lb sirloin roast
  • 4 cloves of garlic, sliced into ¼ inch batons (lengthwise)
  • ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle
  • ½ teaspoon finely ground coffee
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil

Cherry Relish

  • 4 cups pitted and sliced cherries
  • ½ cup very finely diced red onion
  • ¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 12 leaves of cilantro, finely sliced (optional)


Roast Beef

  1. Rest roast beef on the counter for 30 minutes
  2. Preheat a gas grill by turning one burner on high, and the other burners on low. With a sharp knife, poke slits into the roast beef large enough to fit your garlic. In a small bowl, mix smoked paprika, salt, chipotle, coffee, cocoa, and coconut sugar. Rub the spice mixture all over the beef including on the ends. Finally, coat the beef with the olive oil.
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  4. Place the meat on the cool side of the grill. Aiming for a temperature of 250-300º. You can turn off one of the burners to achieve that temperature. Close the lid and start checking the temperature of the beef after 45 minutes. Flip the roast beef when you check the temperature and continue to check every 15 minutes once the internal temp is 100º. Turn the roast each time you check.
  5. When the roast reaches 120º, pull it off the grill, tent with foil, and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Cherry Relish

  1. Mix cherries with onion, sea salt, allspice, chipotle, and vinegar. Add cilantro just before serving.

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What is the best beef roast to BBQ? ›

2. Chuck Roast: While more commonly found in Crock-Pots or Instant Pots, Chuck Roasts make a GREAT BBQ cut. They are well-marbled and tender by nature, so they don't require the same cook time as tougher cuts like brisket or short ribs, and the ideal internal finishing temperature is 165-170F.

How long to cook roast beef on hooded BBQ? ›

If roasting, place the beef on a roasting rack in roasting dish; place the dish on the hotplate or grill over indirect heat and close hood. Cook until beef is done to your liking, about 30 minutes per 500 g; basting with juices in the roasting dish occasionally.

Can you BBQ a beef roasting joint? ›

Using a basting brush cover the joint with your marinade and allow to sit until ready to cook. Light the BBQ, setting up for indirect cooking and bring the temperature up to around 200°C. Just before you want to cook put a couple of wood chunks onto the coals. Add the spit and start cooking.

How long to cook 3 lb roast on BBQ? ›

For a 3 pound roast, with a grill around 350 to 400 degrees, it takes about 1 hour to grill to an internal temperature of 125 degrees, with a 20-minute rest before slicing.

How long does it take to cook a roast on a BBQ? ›

Suggested roasting times per 500g for standing rib roast cooking at 200ºC: Rare - 15-20 min per 500g, Medium - 20-25 min per 500g, Well done - 25-30 min per 500g.

How long to roast beef on BBQ? ›

Cook roast in closed barbecue over drip pan, maintaining constant heat, until thermometer reads 145°F(63°C) for medium-rare doneness (about 20 min/lb or 45 min/kg). Transfer roast to cutting board; tent with foil for 10 to 15 minutes. Carve into thin slices to serve.

How to cook roast in hooded BBQ? ›

  1. Preheat hooded BBQ to 180°c-200°c with lid closed.
  2. Set inner burners to a low heat, leaving outer burners on high.
  3. Cook roast in foil roasting tray over low burners, with lid closed for approximately 30 minutes or until beginning to sizzle. ...
  4. Cover roasting dish with foil.

What's the best way to cook a beef roast on the grill? ›

Cook roast over indirect heat, with the grill lid closed. Lower grill temperature to about 325° - 350°. Cook roast for about 45 minutes, checking internal temperature with a digital meat thermometer. Continue to cook roast until desired temperature is reached.

Do you cook roast beef with the lid on or off? ›

Cooks Notes:

Roast without a lid for best browning. Use a thermometer to know when your Oven Roast is done the way you like it. Let roast stand at least 15 minutes after cooking to let juices settle. Carve Oven Roasts into thin slices across the grain.

Should you cover a joint of beef with foil when roasting? ›

When cooking a roast in the oven, keep it uncovered until roasted to the desired doneness. After removing from the oven, tent with foil and let stand 15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, preventing them from draining out during carving—and preventing dry, disappointing meat.

Should I sear a beef joint before roasting? ›

It's not really necessary to sear your roast before cooking, but caramelizing the surface gives the cut an incredible depth of flavor, enhanced with the complex layers of nutty caramel and coffee-like bitterness that meat-lovers find delicious.

What is the difference between grilling and roasting BBQ? ›

Grill: cook hot and fast on a grate over the heat source. Barbecue: cook slowly at a low temperature in an enclosed space or on a grate over a heat source. Roast and bake are relatively interchangable: cook at a medium heat in an enclosed space.

How to cook a roast in a BBQ? ›

As a rule of thumb, you'll need to grill your roast for 15 to 20 minutes per pound, depending on your desired doneness. A medium rare roast should cook to 130 to 135 degrees, while a medium roast should cook to about 140 degrees before removing it from the grill.

How many hours does it take to cook a 3lb roast? ›

As a general guideline, you can roast it at 325°F (163°C) for about 20-25 minutes per pound. So, for a 3 lb pork roast, it would take roughly 60-75 minutes. However, I recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for safe consumption.

How do you cook a roast on a gas BBQ? ›

Place roast on gas grill over medium-low heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium-low coals. Cover grill; cook 50 to 75 minutes or until of desired doneness, turning once and basting with reserved marinade during last 15 minutes of cooking time.

What is the most tender cut of beef for BBQ? ›

Tenderloin Steak (Filet Mignon)

This is the most tender steak, lean yet succulent, with a fine buttery texture.

What beef roast is the most tender? ›

Tenderloin. The most tender roast of all—it's under the spine— with almost no fat or flavor. It's tapered in shape, the middle being the "center cut." The labor involved and waste produced in trimming and tying a tenderloin drives up the price. Top sirloin roast.

What is the best and most tender beef roast? ›

Chateaubriand Tenderloin Roast

The most tender beef roast that is well known for being lean and succulent. Easy to carve with its fine texture.

What cuts of beef make the best roast? ›

What are the best beef roasts?
  • Chuck Roast. The boneless chuck roast is among the most popular roasts on the market due to its incredible beefy taste, fat content (it's well marbled), and effortless cooking process. ...
  • Rump Roast. ...
  • Bottom Round Roast. ...
  • Sirloin Tip Roast. ...
  • Pot Roast (Shoulder Roast) ...
  • Tri-tip. ...
  • Picanha.
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