Low & Slow Wins Again

Well, that's settled. I believe I'll never again do a tri-tip roast on the grill, except when camping. Here was last evening's dinner preparation before heading off to the oven.


I believe the only thing on it is rosemary, savory, and a bit of salt & pepper. I don't often do potatoes, but we had guests. I ended up eating 2 or 3 of those sections, so less than half a potato. However, it has been a long time since I've believed that the potato has much or anything to do with obesity or diabetes. It certainly helps to avoid them when trying to loose weight, but in the long run, you especially need to be off grains of all kinds, vegetable oils, sweets, and of course, all the processed frankenfoods that abound. A potato now and then? Not an issue, in my book.

Into the oven it goes, 250 degrees. I recommend getting one of these handy meat thermometers so you can monitor in real time when cooking. Up here at the cabin, I only have an instant read, so you've got to keep popping the door open once you begin testing. Of course, cooking at low heat anyway greatly reduces the impact of opening the door. In fact, the longer it actually takes, the more tender your roast is going to be. (The amount of time the roast spends between and internal temperature of 100 and 122 degrees is critical to tenderness — the more the better.)

In the meantime, I work on the sauce, in this case, some beef stock, bacon drippings, a few dashes of red wine, rosemary, crushed garlic, minced and crushed onion, a half fresh jalapeno with seeds, minced and crushed, and a handful of crushed blueberries. No thickeners, just let it reduce. In the end, you'll want to take the pan drippings from the roast, stir them in, and then strain your sauce through a fine wire mesh.


Once the roast is done, which for me is about 125-130 degrees (this one got to about 140 because I didn't have the real-time thermometer) it comes out of the oven and rests for 10 minutes while I fire up the broiler on high. After the rest period, it goes under the broiler for about 3 minutes. The result:


The countertops in the entire kitchen are butcher block. I love to wreak havoc anywhere I please. Now here's the preparation in total, and you can see how the meat is pink from edge to edge rather than getting 1/2" of well done combined with a raw center.


It was marvelously juicy and especially tender. Oh, by the way, doing the vegetables in in the oven in an uncovered pan as I did will of course make them dry. There's the sauce, of course, but what I did first is I had a pot of boiling water on standby and once the meat came out of the oven to rest, I scooped the vegetables into the water for just a few minutes, which remoistened them nicely. It makes the cooking way easier and they stay firm rather than get mushy.

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  1. Keith Norris on December 30, 2008 at 13:30

    That looks absolutely fabulous!

  2. Richard Nikoley on December 30, 2008 at 13:44

    I'm bettin' I see a low & slow preparation over at your place pretty dammed soon.

  3. Paulie on January 2, 2009 at 13:57

    Your food porn makes fasting days difficult. I have to remember to skip this site sometimes. But keep up the good work, I think you are literally saving lives.

  4. SB on January 3, 2009 at 17:28

    1. How long did this take?
    2. Have you tried broiling first, then going low and slow? Expect that to be similar to searing on stovetop and then popping into an oven.
    3. Love the idea of using blueberries in place of sugar or brown sugar in the sauce.

  5. Richard Nikoley on January 3, 2009 at 17:51

    This took maybe 45 minutes, roughly. We did another one last night, I had a baking pan with a double shell (with a space between, so provides insulation. Took way longer, and in fact, I transfered to the original midstream.

    Have not considered broiling first. I think it would go better broiling after, as the outside is already cooked a lot. Last night, I rubbed it down with butter before going into the broiler. Nice browning, there.

    Blueberries and cranberries, or both (about a handful, crushed) works wonders and even goes well when I do with jalapeno. Marvelous, and, reduces and thickens very nicely.

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  7. Lucy on May 1, 2010 at 05:27

    I made a Standing Rib roast for Christmas using this recipe (200F): http://www.cookingforengineers.com/recipe/38/Prime-Rib-or-Standing-Rib-Roast It came out perfectly done…even pink throughout. I won’t be using 400 degrees F for my roasts anymore.


  8. Ann on June 19, 2010 at 06:19

    I just had to share this, I will be trying this later this week as I just got my first beef heart @ the FM today:

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