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Roast Beef Deli Meat – the best healthy deli meat recipe

The Best Roast Beef (Deli Meat)

A simple, trusted method for cooking delicious Roast Beef that turns out juicy and flavorful every time. Perfect for any holiday meal or family dinner with plenty of leftovers that make amazing deli meat. This recipe is always a winner.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 322 kcal


For the Brine:

  • 12 cups or ~3 quarts cold water
  • 4 Tbsp. or 60g salt
  • 4 Tbsp. or 44g maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary

For Roasted Beef:

  • 4 - 4 ½ lb or ~2kg beef roast, (blade roast, top round, or eye round)
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. steak seasonings
  • 4 Tbsp. whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • black pepper to taste


To Make Beef Brine:

  • Add 12 cups of water to a large pot and add the salt, maple syrup, peppercorns, coriander seeds, bay leaves, garlic powder, and dried rosemary. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and allow the brine to cool completely.
  • Place the beef in the cooled brine and make sure the meat is completely covered in the brine. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 – 12 hours or overnight.

To Roast Beef:

  • Preheat the oven to 500˚F (260˚C).
  • Remove the roast from the pot and pat dry. Discard the brine.
  • Pat dry the beef with paper towels and season all sides with paprika, steak seasonings, black pepper, and rub the mustard all over.
  • Place the beef roast in an oven-safe dish and roast for 15-20 minutes, then reduce heat to 325°F and continue roasting
    - about 1 hour for medium-rare (130-135˚F)
    - about 1 hour and 15 min for medium doneness (135-140˚F)
    - about 1 hour and 30 min for medium-well doneness (140-145˚F)
    - about 1 hour and 45 min for well done (150-155˚F).
  • Remove the roast beef from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. Let it rest for at least 20 minutes before carving.
  • Carve a part of the roast into thick slices and serve right away for dinner, if desired. Place the other part (whole piece) of the roast beef in a fridge overnight before slicing.
  • If you’re not serving your roast beef for dinner, let it rest on the cutting board for about 1 hour to 2 hours, and then cover your roast with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8-12 hours.
  • Slice the chilled roast beef as thin as possible and enjoy delicious deli meat!


How Many Calories in Roast Beef Deli Meat
Calories (per 1 serving, 155g): 322 kcal Calories (per 100g): 210 kcal
Fat: 15.5 g Fat: 10.0 g
Carbohydrates: 0.8 g Carbohydrates: 0.6 g
Protein: 42.4 g Protein: 27.2 g
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