I recently made an
Oven Round Roast in the oven and I followed directions quite well. I would really like to know where I went wrong.
The roast was 1.4kg and relatively round in shape, it was also quite nicely marbled with a big strip of fat on one side.
Out from the freezer and into the fridge overnight (to give it some time to cool down) and then left it out in room temperature for a couple of hours. Took out of package and put on a rub.
I put the oven on 450 F and put the roast in (fat side up) for 10 minutes for the maillard reaction. Note that when I did this, I put it directly on the oven rack; I put a tray underneath to catch the drippings, but it was uncovered.
Turned oven down to 225 for 2 hours and then 200 for 5 hours.
Cut the roast into half inch slices and served.
The color was a nice pink on the inside and dark on the outside. It was still juicy and the taste was great. The roast's outside is absolutely delicious in fact, the rub turned out so well and the fat was amazingly tasty.
However, the roast was so chewy, I am very disappointed. I did a lot of research before I cooked it and found that slow cooking is a good way to tenderize meat. I also found out that certain cuts of meat need to be cooked differently. I.e. Steak should be hot and fast, and roast cuts should be long and slow (after searing it of course... yum yum yum).
In this post, 'Marti' answered by quoting a TV chef saying that when beef is being cooked it's collagen breaks down and liquifies and when it cools it turns to gelatine. Could that be what happened to my beef roast? If so, how can I avoid that?
In this post, 'Gilead' suggested a few solutions, beating the meat, cutting it against the grain, and choosing the right cooking method. Well, did I do the right cooking method? And do the other ones apply to a roast? I mean if you cut it up, it's basically cheap beef steak and I've never tried mechanically tenderizing the meat.
I really appreciate any help; I'm quite distraught over this chewy beef roast.