How to Cook a Spencer Roast

Homemade Grass Fed Roast


The Spencer roast, another name for a boneless rib-eye roast, is a flavorful, juicy and tender cut, which makes it relatively pricey. Thanks to its generous marbling, it holds up well to dry-heat cooking methods like roasting, a practical approach given a whole Spencer roast's bulky size. It easily feeds a crowd, making this a good holiday meal choice, or yields plenty of leftovers from a smaller family dinner. It's best when roasted slowly at a relatively low temperature.

Set an oven rack one or two slots below the middle level so the beef sits centered in the chamber. This allows for optimal heat circulation and even cooking. Preheat your oven for about 30 minutes to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line the bottom and sides of the roasting pan with aluminum foil and lightly coat the rack with nonstick cooking spray. The foil catches the meat's drippings so you don't have to scrub the pan after dinner, and it makes it easy to use the drippings for gravy.

Blot the Spencer roast dry with paper towels, then brush it with cooking oil. Pat it with salt and pepper to taste. Sea salt and coarsely cracked pepper add some pleasing crunch. For more depth of flavor, add a few of your favorite dried herbs and spices, such as thyme, rosemary, garlic or onion powder, chili powder, dry mustard powder or a ready-made meat rub.

Set the meat on the rack in the roasting pan with the fat side facing up. Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer into the thickest part of the roast. Put the roast into the oven.

Reduce the oven temperature to 325 F after about 20 minutes, once the outside of the Spencer roast looks nicely browned.

Cook the beef until the thermometer reads 10 degrees below your target doneness, as large roasts cook another 10 degrees or so while resting. The USDA advises cooking beef to a final temperature of at least 145 F; you may choose a lesser or greater degree of doneness based on your personal preference. For rare, remove the roast from the oven at 115 to 120 F; for medium-rare, take it out at 120 to 125 F; for medium, 125 to 135 F; for medium-well, 140 to 150 F; and for well-done, 155 to 160 F.

Transfer the Spencer roast onto a serving platter. Rest it for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the muscle fibers to reabsorb the juices that seep out during cooking.