Garlicky Herb Cross Rib Roast Recipe

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This very flavorful and Cross Rib Roast recipe and photos were shared with my by Karen Calanchini, Food Stylist and Photographer, of Redding, CA. Original recipe is from the The Complete Meat Cookbook, by Bruce Aidells and Denis Kelly.

Karen says, "This Garlicky Herb Cross Rib Roast is very flavorful and full of fresh herby goodness. As the recipe calls for Balsamic Vinegar make sure you use a good-quality aged balsamic vinegar. I used regular balsamic vinegar in this recipe, but you could also use fig balsamic or a garlic balsamic. This cross rib roast is excellent served with Greek Potatoes with Lemons and Oregano and a beautiful Tomato Salad."

Garlic Herb Cross Rib Roast

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Garlicky Herb Cross Rib Roast Recipe:

Recipe Type: Beef, Balsamic Vinegar, Garlic
Yields: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 60 min


1 (3 to 3 1/2 pound) Cross Rib Roast*
3 tablespoons good-quality Balsamic Vinegar
3 tablespoons fresh finely-minced garlic
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, removed from stems and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, removed from stems and chopped
1 tablespoon coarse salt or sea salt
Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil (I used garlic-infused olive oil)

* Cross Rib Roast is also know as Beef Shoulder, Chuck, Shoulder Clod, Boston Cut, and/or English Cut Roast. My roast was covered with a string netting to hold the meat together during cooking.  I removed it because I did not want to put the seasoning over the top of the netting, only to have it all come off when removing it prior to slicing.  I seasoned the roast then tied one string around the roast to help hold it during cooking.


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Brush the cross rib roast with the balsamic vinegar mixture, making sure the vinegar gets into all the nooks of the roast. Make a paste of the minced garlic, thyme leaves, rosemary leaves, salt, pepper, and oil oil. Rub paste mixture well all over the roast.

roast ingredients

roast uncooked

garlic roast ready to bake

In a large roasting pan, cook the prepared roast for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. and cook an additional 50 to 60 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 125 degrees F. on your instant-read digital meat thermometer

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Remove from oven and cover the roast loosely with aluminum foil and let stand for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Remember, the roast will continue to cook as it sets. The temperature will rise approximately 5 to 10 degrees. So, pay attention to how long you let the cooked roast sit before cutting and serving.

Garlic Herb Cross Rib Roast

Makes 6 servings.


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