I bought a 1.8 kilogram joint of beef topside (called round in the US, I believe) and I am kicking myself for not buying a rib joint because it had more fat on it.

Anyway, there is so little fat on the topside that I'm concerned it will dry out during cooking. I've been reading up on various ways to cook it to ensure it'll be tender and not dry and I think I've established that the best way to do this is to cook it under a tent of foil for between 6 - 12 hours on a very low oven heat, ie; 100ºC/200ºF, without opening the oven door for at least six hours.

I do have some basting fat so I'm going to put that on the beef before it goes into the oven, but I wondered if anyone could give me some reassurance that what I'm planning on doing is likely to turn out ok!

I appreciate that nothing is guaranteed but I'd be really grateful for some advice.

Thanks in advance.

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    Hello Sherrie! If you are not sure about meat types and cooking methods, the basics are not so hard. I recommend reading this question and its answers: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/36854/…. I hope somebody will soon also answer specifically for your cut, but the background information is good to know for every chef. Welcome to Seasoned Advice!
    – rumtscho
    Dec 23, 2015 at 15:05

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If you add some liquid to the pan as well as covering it tightly, it should be fine. I'd suggest browning the joint well in a frying pan, slicing plenty of onions, resting the joint on them in the roasting tray, and then adding an inch or so of water to the pan before covering. This should keep the joint moist. With a bit of luck you'll also get some nice confited onions out of the arrangement as well.


Besides covering it tightly (possibly with the addition of liquid), you can also add some sort of covering to prevent the meat from drying out.

You can place strips of bacon across the top, or make some sort of glaze.

In the case of a glaze, you might want to let it develop some color first, then add the glaze as you can't brown it afterwards.

  • Thank you, everyone! I don't know how I didn't see these answered until now. Better 3 years 8 months late than never, though, eh? Thanks again.
    – MrsB
    Sep 8, 2019 at 17:55

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