A great roast beef dinner never goes out of style. A tender slice of roast sirloin, juicy and cooked to perfection, has universal appeal. With endless seasoning choices and side dish pairings to choose from, it’s still a timeless favorite meal for simple family get-togethers as well as special occasions.
Sirloin tip roasts are a great choice—more economical than a rib roast or tenderloin roast, yet still tender and flavorful when cooked correctly. There are many different ways to cook a sirloin tip roast as well. They are as versatile as they are delicious. Here are 8 of the best ways to prepare a sirloin tip roast:
Preheat your oven to 225 degrees F and slow roast your sirloin tip roast in an open roasting pan. “Low and slow” is the preferred method of many chefs who claim that this method produces the juiciest and most evenly cooked results.
High temperature “no peek” roasting is a simple method that actually goes back decades. (Don’t be surprised to find this one in your grandmother’s arsenal of recipes!) Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F and roast your sirloin tip roast in an open pan for 5 minutes per pound.
Do not open the oven door for any reason! Once the time is up, turn the oven off and let the oven cool down for 2 hours with the roast inside it. Then, when you finally take the roast out to serve, it is still warm, juicy and perfectly cooked to medium rare.
High temperature searing / reduced temperature roasting is a great way to get a nice, crusty and flavorful sear on the outside of your roast. Experts say it is the most flavorful of all methods due to that wonderful caramelization on the outside of the roast.
It’s also a great way to seal in juices for very tender, juicy results. For this method, preheat your oven to 475 degrees F. Roast your sirloin tip for 10 minutes at this high temperature, then lower your oven temperature to 325 degrees for the remainder of the cooking time.
Perhaps the easiest method (and many people will argue, still the best!) for roasting your sirloin tip roast is to use a constant temperature throughout the roasting time. Set your oven to 325 degrees F and roast in an open pan for the entire duration of your cooking time.
Nothing adds more intense flavor to your food than good old-fashioned fire. Fire roasting on a spit probably dates all the way back to caveman days, and boy were they onto something!
To this day, it’s still one of the most enjoyable and satisfying ways to cook a piece of meat, and your sirloin tip roast is no exception. Slide your roast onto the spit, place it directly over your open flame, and if your rotisserie is a manual one, make sure you keep rotating it very frequently. As your roast turns, it self-bastes in its own juices. Perfection on a stick!
On a beautiful summer day, the last thing you want to do is turn your oven on and loiter about your kitchen for hours. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious sirloin tip roast, however—grill it!
Sirloin tip roasts are perfect for grilling. Prepare it just as you would for the oven, but place your roast on the cooler side of the grill and keep turning it frequently until you reach desired temperature.
The unique, superb flavor of smoked meat is a staple of backyard barbecues around the globe. Most people automatically think pork when they pull out their smokers, but the sirloin tip roast is a perfect cut of meat for smoking! If you haven’t tried your sirloin this way yet, you are definitely missing out.
You’ll want your smoker around 350 degrees F, around 20 to 30 minutes per pound. This method holds up well to a traditional roast beef rub (such as rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper), but don’t be afraid to change it up a bit—barbecue seasonings are delicious on your smoked sirloin tip roast as well!
If you are a fan of pot roasts or prefer well done roast beef, you cannot go wrong with braising that sirloin tip roast! Braising is the method of cooking your meat at a fairly low temperature in a flavorful liquid, often with the addition of vegetables as well.
The sirloin tip roast sits partly in the liquid as it cooks, soaking in all the wonderful flavors and gradually becoming fork-tender until it nearly falls apart. Set your oven around 350 degrees F, baste frequently, and make sure your pan has about 3 cups of liquid in it at all times. Great cooks will tell you that the liquid from braising makes the best gravy you will ever have!
Now you’re the expert!
With all these different ways to prepare a sirloin tip roast, you are on your way to some tender, juicy and flavorful meals that will never fail to wow and delight your family or guests. Now you’re the sirloin tip roast expert! Don’t be surprised when everyone wants your recipes…