James Carrier
Makes 12 to 18 servings

Potatoes, baked alongside the beef roast, make a perfectly easy accompaniment. The meat, hot or cold, tastes the most tender when sliced very thin; an electric knife does a good job.

How to Make It

Step 1

Rinse beef and pat dry. In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup salt and sugar. Rub mixture all over beef, set in a rimmed pan, cover, and chill 3 to 4 hours. Rinse meat and pat dry; if desired, cover and chill up to 1 day.

Step 2

In a small bowl, mix 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, pepper, and horseradish. Set beef on a rack in a 9- by 13-inch pan. Pat horseradish mixture over the top and sides of beef.

Step 3

Roast in a 375° regular or 350° convection oven until a meat thermometer inserted in center of thickest part reaches 120° to 125°, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove from oven and let stand in a warm place at least 20 minutes.

Step 4

Transfer meat to a rimmed platter or board; scrape any pan juices into a small bowl. Cut meat across the grain into very thin slices (see notes). Spoon pan juices onto portions.

Chef's Notes

For a mellow flavor, use the Spice Hunter's white peppercorns, from Sarawak in Malaysia; you'll find them with the spices at most supermarkets.

Ratings & Reviews

Talk about uneven cooking

April 02, 2016
the photo looks like the worst cooked roast beef ever!  Talk about uneven cooking. Am I the only one that sees this.

elaine212's Review

May 23, 2014
tried it loved it outstanding!

sonikkittin's Review

November 24, 2012
We made this on Thanksgiving and it turned out wonderfully. We followed the recipe exactly. The crust was nice and salty and the meat was moist and juicy. We received many compliments. Must try!