How to Cook an Oven Roast at 500 Degrees

If you're looking for a way to add some flavor to your meat, then knowing how to cook a high temp roast beef should be on your to-do list. While the internet is full of ways to cook or roast meat on high heat, choosing a method that is backed by an expert is a great place to start.

Cooking at high temperature sears the meat.
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Tips

When cooking an oven roast at 500 degrees, it's important to adhere to the recommended time, especially if you want meat that is moist and tender.

Oven Roast Recipes

Just like there are several types of meat and cuts to choose from, there are also multiple ways to cook an oven roast at 500 degrees. Here are two eye of round roast recipes for the oven to add to your collection.

Eye of Round Roast Recipe #1

Rusty Bowers, chef, and owner of Pine Street Market shares his roasted eye of round recipe for high temp roast beef.

  1. Prep the roast: Start with a 3 to 4 pound eye of round or top sirloin roast. Take the roast out of the refrigerator, place it on a large plate or bowl, and allow it to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes per pound, so approximately two hours for a 3 to 4 pound roast. This ensures even cooking.
  2. Heat the oven: Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Season the roast: Season the meat generously with kosher salt and pepper. Place in a roasting pan.
  4. Cook the roast: When the oven reaches 500 degrees Fahrenheit, place the roasting pan (holding the roast) in the oven and cook for 30 minutes. Do not be alarmed if the oven gets smoky. This is normal as fat melts and the crust begins to form.
  5. Change the temperature: After 30 minutes, turn the heat down to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and roast until the internal temperature reaches 130 degrees Fahrenheit for medium or until it reaches your desired doneness.
  6. Cut and serve: Move the roast from the pan to a cutting board and allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes.

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Eye of Round Roast Recipe #2

Chef Joseph Paulino from the Wall Street Grill shares his method for cooking a high heat roast beef.

  1. Prep the roast: Take eye of round out of fridge, let sit out for one hour.
  2. Heat the oven: Preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Season the roast: Season the roast with salt and pepper and place in a roasting pan or baking dish. Do not cover or add water.
  4. Cook the roast: Place the roast in the preheated oven and reduce the temperature to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. Roast for 12 minutes (seven minutes per pound).
  5. Let the roast sit: Turn the oven off and let the roast sit in the hot oven for 2 1/2 hours. Do not open the door at all during this time.
  6. Cut and serve: After 2 1/2 hours, remove the roast from the oven. The internal temperature should have reached at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Carve into thin slices to serve.

Meat Handling and Safety Tips

A high heat roast that's been cooked long enough is generally safe to eat. The safety and health risk then comes during the handling, prepping and storing process. With that in mind, after purchasing an uncooked oven roast, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says to make sure and store it in the refrigerator and cook within three to four days. If you have leftovers, store in the refrigerator and eat or freeze within three to four days.

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Even if you follow the recommended time and temperature for cooking roast beef, it's still a good idea to check the internal temperature with a food thermometer prior to eating. For the best results, the American Heart Association says to use a thermometer toward the end of cooking time, but before the time is up.

To check the temperature, put the thermometer in the thickest part of the roast and check it in several places. An oven roast will be done when the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eating whole cuts of beef at a temperature lower than 145 degrees Fahrenheit is not considered safe and may result in contracting a food borne illness.

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