If you are on the quest for a recipe that is sure to impress anyone, and it doesn’t require years of experience to perfect it, then a recipe for tender, superbly seasoned, juicy meat is just what you need.
What is Sirloin Tip Roast?
With beef being one of America’s favorite meats, there is a whole palette of cuts of beef that one can choose from. This being said, the sirloin tip is not to be confused with the sirloin cut, nor with the tri-tip. Also referred to as round tip roast or tip roast, it is a cut away from the sirloin section, more precisely from the rear of the cow.
The sirloin tip roast is a lean cut composed of tough muscle fibers, which in turn, means that it is a tough cut of meat and it will require long braising in order to trap the juiciness inside and become tender. The upside of opting for the sirloin tip, though, is the fact that it is perfectly sized to be roasted and it is affordable. Although less expensive than many of the other beef cuts, it will still result in a delicious and luxurious dish.
Tips for Preparing the Best Sirloin Tip Roast (in the Oven)
- Salt the sirloin tip roast overnight.
In order for the salt to soak into the meat, be sure to rub the whole surface of the meat evenly and allow it to sit overnight. It is simple: just wrap the sirloin tip in plastic wrap, place it on a plate, and put it in the fridge.
The same goes for marinating and seasoning. Combine the roast with wine and garlic cloves (of whichever marinade you opt for) into a bag and leave it in the fridge. Rub the roast with a dry rub seasoning (anything from black pepper and minced garlic to coriander, rosemary, and paprika) and leave it be for 24 hours. This will ensure for an evenly dispersed flavor and a more flavorful, perfectly seasoned roast.
*While marinating is recommendable for an inexpensive cut like this one, don’t do the mistake of marinating cuts like a rib-eye or porterhouse since it will definitely affect their quality.
- Allow the sirloin tip roast to reach room temperature.
Prior to placing it in the oven, it is crucial for the roast to reach room temperature. Being at room temperature will allow it to get cooked fast and evenly. Be sure to remove any moisture from the surface of the meat by gently patting it dry with clean paper towels.
*While 30 minutes will be just enough, the time span can be extended to an hour. However, do not let the sirloin tip sit for longer than an hour since there is a danger of bacteria growing.
- Sear the sirloin tip roast
Searing the meat will create a flavorful crust and it is a process you don’t want to forget. Get your stove to a medium-high heat and heat some oil in a large cast iron pan. Sear each side for 2 to 3 minutes. To avoid blackened pans, use a Dutch oven if you have one.
- Preheat the oven and place the sirloin tip roast on a rack
Preheat the oven to around 250 F making sure that the rack inside is placed in the middle. Placing the sirloin tip roast on an additional rack instead of directly on the rimmed baking sheet will keep it from touching direct heat. This way you will avoid a too-well-done bottom of the roast and the fat will not gather around the meat.
- Invest in a meat thermometer
The best sirloin tip roast must be medium-rare! In order for you not to end up with a dry and tough overcooked meat investing in a meat thermometer is not a bad idea at all. This inexpensive asset can be found in any grocery store with the price starting at about $10. There are also fancier meat thermometers with an alarm intact, they will be pricier, but since it is a one-time investment, maybe you should consider purchasing one.
There are those thermometers that require getting the roast out of the oven to check for doneness, so in that case be sure to close the oven door in order not to lose heat. If you get a meat thermometer with an alarm, then set it to go off as soon as it reaches the medium rare internal temperature of 145-150 F.
- Cook with the oven turned off
Cook for an hour and a half, (or until the internal temperature of the roast is 115 F), and then turn the oven off. Since the oven will be turned off do not leave the door open, the sirloin tip roast still has to be cooked slowly for another 30 to 40 minutes and for that, you have to prevent letting the heat out.
- Allow the roast to rest before serving.
Although you will be tempted to dive right into the juicy meat. Be patient. An additional 15-minute wait will pay off once you taste the final result. Leaving the meat be (sometimes even tented with aluminum foil), will ensure the juices are redistributed evenly throughout the roast and it will be nice and moist.
Marinades and Rubs
A great way to make every dish more delicious, sirloin tip roast included, is adding as much flavor as possible. And, when it comes to the addition of flavor nothing does it like a great marinade and/or rub!
For a recipe to be dubbed classic it must be easy. And the classic marinade is as straight forward as it gets! You just combine the sirloin tip roast with half a cup of red wine (say pinot noir) and 2 garlic cloves in a plastic bag, seal it, and leave it to marinate for 12 hours in the fridge.
For a Mediterranean note, go ahead and marinate the roast in this Greek marinade. While this marinade still calls for 2 cloves of garlic, this time they ought to be minced. As for the wine, skip it altogether and instead, squeeze half a lemon (2 tablespoons of juice). Add a tablespoon of olive oil, the same amount of dry oregano and a pinch of salt. Next, you will need a teaspoon of both paprika and dry thyme and half a teaspoon of ground black pepper. Again, combine everything together and let it to marinade for at least 8 hours.
The Best Marinade
This is the best marinade for one because it brings out the best out of this cut, second because the food processor will do most of the job, and third, you can re-use it!
Place around 40 peppercorns into a food processor and crush until fine, proceed to add 5 cloves of garlic, half a cup of soy sauce and the same amount of Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Pour everything into a zip-lock freezer bag, combine with the meat and leave it to marinate. If combined with some sour cream, this marinade will make the best sauce to complement your sirloin tip roast!
The Sirloin Tip Roast Recipe makes use of the classic rub. This recipe is proof that less is more with only calling for a few ingredients. A teaspoon of salt, the same amount of dry mustard, ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder and ¼ tablespoons of pepper are mixed on waxed paper and the beef is patted with them.
If you still want a more flavorful outer crust, then make sure to prepare an herb rub. It as easy as ABC, just combine all of the bellow-mentioned ingredients and rub them over the entire surface of the roast.
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1½ teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon of dried parsley
½ teaspoon of garlic powder
½ teaspoon of black pepper
½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
½ teaspoon of onion powder
½ teaspoon of dried thyme
¼ teaspoon of dried oregano
What to Serve the Sirloin Tip Roast With
A juicy meat cut like the sirloin tip roast must be accompanied with the best side dishes ever. For that purpose, we have selected a few recipes from our very own recipe app and website.
There is not a better way of complementing a well-seasoned and juicy roast than preparing a side dish which consists of zucchini, summer squash, onion, green, yellow and red peppers, and mushrooms.
You can also prepare the Roasted Vegetable Medley from the video below:
If you need an easy and cheesy side dish, then these mashed potatoes will surely satisfy your palate. What’s more, any equation that includes a sirloin tip roast recipe and cheddar mashed potatoes will result in the most inexpensive yet luscious looking and crowd pleasing recipe!
There is nothing like a creamy sauce to enhance the flavor of a meat cut. Add the ease of preparation factor, and the fact that it will only take up 10 minutes to prepare it, to the equation and you will get the best meat sauce recipe ever!
Many recipes for sirloin tip roast would recommend eating it with a side dish like rice, so if you are out of ideas on how to prepare it, don’t fret! You will find everything there is to know about How to Make Easy Fried Rice once you’ve read this post.