October 24, 2022
It’s gathering season and a great time to serve a centerpiece roast to guests. Tenderloin Roasts are flavorful. Rib Roasts are tender. A grass fed beef Strip Loin Roast is the best of both worlds–incredibly flavorful and tender. You might be wondering how to make sure you’re roasting this grass fed beef cut to perfection. Allow us to take the guesswork out of your meal plan with these helpful tips including a classic recipe you can serve as-is or customize to your liking.
What Is a Grass Fed Strip Loin?
If you love a good strip steak, you’re already familiar with the Strip roast. A Strip Loin Roast, or Top Loin Roast, comes from the loin primal, the area below the backbone, and specifically from the muscles that stretch across the length of the Top Loin. Cuts from the loin are known for their tenderness. Other popular cuts of beef from the Loin include the Tenderloin, T-bone, and Porterhouse Steak. Strip Loins are typically boneless, well-marbled, and flavorful, with less fat than cuts from other primals.
Grass Run Farms 100% Grass Fed Beef Strip Loins are a great centerpiece roast for holiday gatherings and hearty meals. Sourced from cattle that are born, pasture-raised†, and harvested in the U.S., each slice is satisfyingly delicious as well as nutritious.
Preparing Your Grass Fed Beef Strip Loin
Preparing a meal for guests can get hectic. To save some time on the day of your meal, you can start preparing your Strip Loin Roast the day before. If your Strip Loin Roast is frozen, remove from the freezer 48 hours before you’re going to roast and thaw in the refrigerator. Any seasonings, spices, or marinades can be added 24 hours in advance–just be sure to keep the seasoned Strip Loin in the refrigerator. Looking for ideas? Try this easy, delicious Strip Loin Roast with Garlic and Herb Crust.
Roasting Your Grass Fed Beef Strip Loin
On the day of your gathering, remove the Strip Loin from the refrigerator. Place the Strip Loin fat side-up on a rack inside a roasting pan. Roasting in this position allows the fat to melt over the beef throughout the duration of cooking. Preheat your oven to 450oF. Starting with higher heat quickly cooks the outside of the roast, helping to create a delectable crust layer. Allow the roast to cook at that temperature for about 15 minutes, until the crust has formed. Then, lower the temperature to around 350oF so the Strip Loin cooks from the inside out to achieve desired doneness.
Timing is important but roasting to the right temperature is essential to serving up a show-stopping roast to your guests. An internal-probe thermometer is a helpful tool that continuously tracks the temperature from inside the oven. If you don’t have this type of thermometer in your kitchen already, there are multiple options available to fit your style of cooking.
Roasting to the right doneness takes time. If you’re looking to serve a medium-rare roast, plan for about 15-18 minutes roasting time per pound, or until the internal temperature has reached approximately 130oF.
Resting Your Grass Fed Beef Strip Loin
Want to know a secret? Resting your grass fed beef is a simple, but important step to getting a tender, juicy, and perfectly done roast. This critical time allows juices inside the grass fed beef to redistribute through the muscle fibers. Resist the urge to slice immediately and instead use your thermometer to gauge doneness.
Remove the roast from the oven and transfer to a clean platter. The internal temperature will continue to rise as the heated juices inside the roast continue to cook the meat. Leaving the roast in the hot pan will accelerate this process, which could lead to the roast overcooking. Tent with foil and leave the roast to rest for approximately 10-15 minutes. A medium-rare roast should reach an internal temperature of 145oF and a medium roast should be about 160oF.
Serving Your Grass Fed Beef Strip Loin
We know you’ve waited patiently. Once your grass fed beef strip loin has rested, remove the foil and get ready to carve. Slice against the grain, across the muscle fibers, for a tender, juicy slice.
Every star needs a supporting cast. Consider a fresh, crisp salad with sliced tomatoes and carrots for a light side dish, or garlicky, roasted baby potatoes for a satisfying side.
Grass Run Farms American 100% Grass Fed and Finished Beef is a great center-of-plate option whether you’re serving for a holiday gathering or a delicious, nutritious weeknight meal. Find our products at a retailer near you or shop online today!
†Cattle must have continuous access to pasture during grazing season.