This recipe was an experiment, adapted from Cooks Illustrated 20th Anniversary Edition. The objective was to create a tasty roast from a cheap cut of meat. The result was successful, but I think it can be improved.
Cuts of meat such as eye or round or chuck contain a lot of connective tissue. Enzymes break down this tissue as temperature increases, but stop working after temperature reaches 122 degrees F. Therefore, slow cooking at low temperatures creates a tender roast. Most ovens do not have settings below 200 degrees; however, because my toaster oven can cook at 150 degrees, it can be used to slow cook this roast.
3 1/2 lb eye of round roast
2 Tbs kosher salt
5 tsp vegetable oil
2 tsp pepper
Season all sides of meat with salt. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 18 to 24 hours.
Remove meat from refrigerator 1 hour before cooking. Pat dry, rub with 2 tsp oil on all sides, season with pepper.
Heat 3 tsp oil in iron skillet or dutch oven to smoke point. Open window, turn on exhaust fan, or disable smoke alarms.
Sear meat on all sides, about 12 minutes.
Place meat on rack over drip pan in toaster oven. Bake at 225 degrees F until internal temp of meat reaches 115 deg. F (for medium rare roast.) Re-enable smoke alarms.
Reduce heat to 150 deg F, continue baking until internal temp reaches 130 deg F.
Place on carving board, tent and rest for 15 minutes before serving.
Roast was very flavorful, but not as tender as I wanted. I found the internal temp rose above 122 degrees sooner than expected. Next time, I will try roasting in oven at much lower temperature – perhaps 170 degrees F for a longer time. Subscribe to this blog to receive updates…
I crawled out of bed at five AM the first morning of the year, having forgone any party to hit the sack at nine on New Year’s Eve. An hour later, I was hauling my bike out of the bike house, groping around in the dark to find my cold weather riding gear. A New Year’s Day ride was starting at 8 somewhere west of where I live – not sure exactly where, but I had a general idea. An hour later I was cruising down the hill, leaving the crisp clear air of Tonto Hills to ride in the stale air of Phoenix with a bunch of guys I didn’t know who were almost certainly faster than me.
This was the second annual NYD ride, organized by Timothy, of underground crit fame. A group of about 40 riders started out neutral on a flat course. After the first turn, they wound it up and spit me off the back. There was an A group, a B group, and a bunch of stragglers. I ended up chasing with 2 other guys, happy knowing there were still a bunch of riders behind us.