How to Cook Cross-Cut Rib Roast Indoors

Sometimes referred to as a cross rib roast, a cross-cut rib roast is a cut of beef from the cow's shoulder. This type of beef chuck roast can be prepared indoors in your oven instead of outdoors in various weather conditions. A 3-ounce serving of cross-cut rib roast contains less than 150 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat and 22 grams of protein, making this one of the leaner cuts of beef available.

A boneless rib roast on a board. (Image: Jack Puccio/iStock/Getty Images)

Preparation

Step 1

Set the oven temperature to 450 degrees and prepare your ingredients while you wait for your oven to reach the desired temperature. Grind the garlic clove into small pieces with a garlic press, or cut it into approximately 10 or 12 slices.

Step 2

Make 10 to 12 small slits in the top of the rib roast and place a piece of garlic into each slit or sprinkle ground garlic evenly into the slits. Rub the roast with olive oil.

Step 3

Place the roast into a heavy, oven-safe dish. Sprinkle the roast evenly with salt, pepper and any additional herbs and spices you wish.

Cooking

Step 1

Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees and carefully place the roast in the oven on a middle rack. Allow the roast to cook for approximately 60 minutes, or 20 minutes per pound.

Step 2

Check the roast after approximately 45 minutes by placing a meat thermometer into one of the slits in the meat. Aim for a temperature of 155 degrees for a medium-cooked roast.

Step 3

Remove from the oven after 60 minutes, or another appropriate cooking time based on the meat's weight. Place a wax paper tent over the roast and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting.

Serving

Step 1

Reduce total caloric and fat intake by serving several healthy side dishes with your cross-cut rib roast. Prepare a side of steamed vegetables seasoned lightly with herbs or spices.

Step 2

Use fat-free or reduced-fat margarine on sliced whole grain toast for a filling complex carbohydrate side. Try a baked sweet potato on the side as a substitute for whole grain toast.

Step 3

Add a bowl of fresh fruit for dessert. Combine fresh grapes, strawberries, sliced apples and banana slices in a medium bowl. Top this dish with fat-free whipped topping.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 pounds cross-cut rib roast

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Tip

Use a salt substitute to reduce the sodium content of your cross-cut ribs.

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