How to Bake a Tender Oven Roast

You don't have to purchase the most expensive cuts of meat to enjoy a tender oven roast. Create a dry rub using your favorite spices that serves a dual purpose of adding flavor and tenderizing less expensive cuts such as chuck roast, rump roast and brisket. Cheaper roasts have less marbling than sirloin or tenderloin; marbling helps make the roast tender after baking. Cooking time and temperature also play a role in baking a tender oven roast.

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Step 1

Place the brisket roast into a roasting pan, and coat both sides of the meat with the salt.

Step 2

Mix the dry rub ingredients -- the chili powder, garlic powder, dry mustard, onion powder, black pepper, sugar and crushed bay leaf -- in a small bowl with a spoon.

Step 3

Coat the roast with the dry rub by rubbing it onto all sides of the meat with your hands. Cover the pan with foil, and refrigerate overnight.

Step 4

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 5

Remove the foil from the roast, and place it in the oven. Bake for one hour.

Step 6

Remove the roast from the oven, and pour 1 1/2 cups of beef stock or water to fill the pan with 1/2 inch of liquid.

Step 7

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and cover the pan tightly with foil. Cook for three hours, or until the meat feels tender when poked with a fork.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-lb. brisket roast

  • 1/4 cup salt

  • Roasting pan

  • Mixing bowl

  • 2 tbsp. chili powder

  • 2 tbsp. dry mustard

  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder

  • 1 tbsp. black pepper

  • 1 tbsp. onion powder

  • 1 tbsp. sugar

  • 1 crushed bay leaf

  • Aluminum foil

  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock


Add vegetables to the pan with the roast during the last 30 to 45 minutes of cooking.

Alter the dry rub mixture to include your favorite spices. A simple dry for pot roast is 2 tbsp. each of kosher salt and cumin.

Salt helps break down the fibers in the meat, which results in a more tender roast. Marinating with a dry rub also helps tenderize a roast.

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