Shoulder Roast

My husband and I were grocery shopping and found a incredible deal on a shoulder roast. Neither of us had cooked one before, so we scoured the web to find the perfect recipe. This one was delicious – but a couple of suggestions we would add:

  • Add onions before putting in the onion
  • Cook a lot longer than below recommends – we cooked ours in the oven at 300 for 4-5 hours


Garlic Herb Rub

  • 2 cups chopped fresh herbs (such as rosemary, parsley, basil, thyme)
  • 1 head garlic, mashed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (4-7 lb.) beef shoulder roast or french roast from Grow & Behold  

Herbed Pan Sauce

  • Olive Oil
  • Reserved garlic/herbs mixture from roast
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (or matzo meal for Passover)
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1-2 cups beef broth, vegetable broth or water


1. Mix all Garlic Herb Rub ingredients together and rub all over the shoulder roast. Refrigerate 4-6 hours. 

2. When you are ready to cook, let the roast come to room temperature before browning. Scrape off herbs and garlic from the roast into a little dish and set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 250°F.  

4. Heat 2-3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven. Place the roast in the pan and cook, undisturbed, 3-4 minutes. Rotate until all sides of the roast are nicely browned (you can do this in a 450°F degree oven, but the sear is much better on the stove top.) Transfer the roast to a roasting pan and put in the oven.

5. Allow 20 minutes per pound, or cook until roast is medium rare.

6. Allow roast to rest under a loose tent of aluminum foil at least 10 minutes before carving.

7. Remove roast from the Dutch oven and transfer to stove top. Add more olive oil if necessary. Add herb garlic mixture and cook over low heat until garlic is fully caramelized and crispy. It’s ok if some of it starts to stick to the pan, but be sure to remove the garlic and herbs before they burn.

8. Deglaze the pan with red wine, scraping up the bits on the bottom as the wine simmers.

9. Mix cornstarch with warm water until dissolved. Add to wine, along with broth/water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Return garlic and herb bits to the pan and simmer to reduce to desired thickness.

10. Slice roast and serve with pan sauce.


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