Learning to cook fall off the bone sous vide roast beef is as easy as pie… Even though making a good pie crust really isn’t that easy, but that’s another subject. 

My Grandmother and Mother both knew how to cook Roast Beef. They knew all of the cuts of meat and as housewives had time to slave away in the kitchen. Both had their own Roast Beef Recipe and while similar were different.

Grandma’s was more Old World German Style with a lot of Onions, Carrots and Potato side dishes. Mom’s was a good cook and also used a heaping supply of vegetables (My Father worked in agriculture and we were never without a 50 pound bag of onions in the garage) but hers at more of a British touch to it with her Canadian upbringing.  The difference was more so in the gravy and spices used.

Of the two, which was the better Roast Beef Recipe? Hard to say as I have fond memories of them both. Sadly, though I never learned their secrets. But I have found my own way to make Roast Beef, and that is with a Anova Sous Vide Cooker.  While I somewhat miss the occasional burnt ends I will never complain about using my sous vide cooker.

First of all, What Actually is Sous Vide?

Sous vide is a cooking technique that uses a temperature controlled water bath to cook different forms of meat, from roast beet to halibut or fish. By putting the different meat in airless bags, and then dropping them into the heated water bath, the meat is cooked thoroughly. The method is gaining somewhat of a big following, as people are now using this method to experiment and cook their favorite meats or favorite recipes.

My mother typically used a rump roast when making roast beef.  With a Sous Vide Cooker you can actually use cheaper cuts and create masterpieces with your own Roast Beef Recipe.

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Roast Beef Sous Vide

Not all beef is created equal.  With a Sous Vide Cooker you can use any cut of beef and use a grill or a pan just to get the outside char. The cuts of beef that you can use are:


  • Top Round Roast – this variety of beef is similar to the top sirloin in fat and flavor and is the most common cut used by most kitchens to make sous vide roast beef.
  • Top Sirloin Roast – this cut is leaner and packed full of flavor with a just a wee bit of marbling.
  • Bottom Round Roast – AKA a Rump Roast- Mom’s Roast of choice. This is a good way to save some money as it it less expensive and has more marbling than the Top Round which add to the flavor.
  • Eye Of Round Roast – this is a circular cut that is extra lean so needs to be very thinly sliced when roasted but makes for great French Dip Sandwiches
  • It’s always possible to find other cuts of beef that will work for sous vide roast beef recipes so don’t be discouraged if your butcher uses slightly different names With a Sous Vide Cooker you can use almost anything.

Cooking sous vide roast beef

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Find the right temperature

There are many ways on how cooking sous vide roast beef differs from other forms of meat or fish in your Sous Vide Cooker. Normally the difference is just the temperature and time, As you will read on you’ll see that we recommend a 24 hour cooking time. Here are the most common ways you can cook a sous vide roast beef.

One of the most important things about cooking with a Sous Vide Cooker has to be the temperature. For sous vide roast beef, we recommend a temperature of around 135 degrees Fahrenheit. We’ve had excellent results by using this given temperature, though you can always experiment and play around with the temperature and time given to your own experience. If you’re a sous vide newbie cooking roast beef for the first time, stick to 135 degrees. It’s a good starting point. 

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Anova Sous Vide Temp

Finding the Right Time to Cook

This is another one of those times where trial and error are necessary but following the lead of other Sous Vide Roast Beef Recipes online for the most part all tell the same story; that when cooking roast beef using a sous vide cooker the longer the time the better.

Some people have Roast Beef Recipes at 14 hours, others 24 hours. Some people even swear by a full 30 hours in the water bath.  Again, it depends on what you’ve found is best for your own taste and method,  but if you are reading this still our advice is to cook the roast beef in the water bath for a full 24 hours for super tender delicious beef.

Sous vide techniques to remember with your Roast Beef Recipe

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There are a few techniques that will make for a better sous vide beef roast. Some of these you may know and others may be new to you. 


Always season with salt and pepper before you do anything else. This is the basic seasoning and flavor that you’ll use in most dishes anyway but many cooks add the seasonings in the wrong order and it honestly is a good technique to follow for all dishes.


While searing halibut or fish after cooking it in the water bath is normal, For Roast Beef though we recommend doing the exact opposite and to sear your roast for a short amount of time before putting it into the water bath. By searing the beef before the water bath, you’ll get some more flavor out of the meat.  Don’t sear it for more than two minutes per side, afterall you aren’t trying to cook it yet. 

Always keep the bags as airtight as possible

Use a vacuum sealer if you have one. This is very important, and an important technique to remember when you’re sous vide cooking anything—not just sous vide beef roast. You don’t want any air in these plastic bags, at all. You can use regular freezer plastic bags, or whatever is in your pantry, but, again, just make sure there is no air in them. Learn the water method of forcing air out. You should also make sure that the bag is sealed very tight, so as no water could possibly get into them. If water does get into the bags that hold your meat or food, it’ll ruin the whole method and process. 

You can add more seasoning, herbs or flavors to the plastic bag

If you’re looking for more seasoning or flavors on your beef, and you want it to cook with the meat in the water bath, feel free to add some additional herbs, flavors, spices, or anything you want to the bags.  Also make sure that the seasonings or added extras are not settling in one area only, as that will affect the way the meat is cooked.

Some people like to add things like parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, butter, garlic butter or certain types of spices. It’s all up to what you think would taste good. Again, this is another area where you can perfect your own roast beef recipe through trial and error. As you cook sous vide roast beef more and more, you’ll know what your favorite seasonings and flavors are and create your own Roast Beef Recipe to pass onto your children and Grandkids.

Check the Water Level When you can

When you’re cooking roast beef for a long period sometimes up to 30 hours, there is the chance that you’re going to have to refill some of the water. You may notice, throughout the day as the beef is cooking, that the water level looks a bit less than normal as there is evaporation. Simply add water as needed.

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Water Level

Want some more basic recipes? Here are some basic sous vide recipes to start with.

How to Slice Roast Beef for Your Prefect Roast Beef Recipe

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After cooking comes the final stage—slicing the roast beef.  .

When you slice your roast beef or any cut of meat, you want to make sure you’re slicing across the grain (as opposed to with the grain).

If you’re not sure how to find the grain, take a look at your roast and look for the long grooves and lines.  Those will all tend to go in a parallel direction across the roast in one direction.  These are the muscle fibers and we want to cut across them, not with them.

If you cut with the grain, you’d be eating an entire long muscle fiber, which would be tough and chewy even when made in a Sous Vide Cooker.  Instead, if you cut against the grain, you’re eating just a portion of several of the muscle fibers, which makes for a much more tender bite. You’ve gone this far-Don’t mess up that Roast Beef Recipe now!!!

If you need more help on finding the grain, you can watch my video at the end of this post to see exactly how to do it.

How to Cook a Roast Sous Vide|Roast Beef Recipe| The New York Times

By BRIAN X. CHEN OCT. 10, 2016

Rub 2 rounded tablespoons kosher salt all over a 3- to 5-pound beef chuck roast or boneless pork shoulder. Truss the meat by tying twine around its width in 1-inch intervals.

For this Roast Beef Recipe if desired, pre-sear the beef or pork shoulder for more flavor: In a Dutch oven, heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil on medium-high heat until slightly smoking, then sear the meat for about 2 minutes each side until brown.Read More: How to Cook a Roast Sous Vide – The New York TimesFrom: www.youtube.comPublished: N/A

Sous Vide Roast Beef Recipe| BEST RECIPE | Tri Tip – YouTube

By BRIAN X. CHEN OCT. 10, 2016

Rub 2 rounded tablespoons kosher salt all over a 3- to 5-pound beef chuck roast or boneless pork shoulder. Truss the meat by tying twine around its width in 1-inch intervals.

For this Roast Beef Recipe if desired, pre-sear the beef or pork shoulder for more flavor: In a Dutch oven, heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil on medium-high heat until slightly smoking, then sear the meat for about 2 minutes each side until brown.Read More: Sous Vide Roast Beef | BEST RECIPE | Tri Tip – YouTubeFrom: www.simplyrecipes.comPublished: N/A

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Sous Vide Beef Roast

Sous Vide French Dip Sandwiches Roast Beef Recipe | SimplyRecipes.com

It seems like a magic trick: take a cheap, tough cut of beef, like a top round roast or a chuck roast, cook it for twenty-four hours without peeking, and Abracadabra! Now it’s suddenly filet mignon. But it’s not magic — this is sous vide cooking!

I love love LOVE cooking big touch cuts of meat sous vide, like the top round roast we’re using for these French Dip Sandwiches. Here’s why:

This is where you can really see how temperature and time both play pivotal roles in cooking food sous vide. I tested this roast at 140-degrees F (medium doneness) for 16 hours, 18 hours, and 24 hours. The doneness was the same for all three batches — they were all a perfect, rosy-pink inside — but the tenderness was remarkably different. Sous Vide Roast Beef Recipes done right.

At 16 hours, the roast was cooked, but a little on the chewy side. At 18 hours, it cut easily and was notably less chewy. At the 24-hour mark, it was so tender that you could cut it with a fork, but yet still had enough texture that you knew you were eating steak. This ain’t no baby food.Read More: Sous Vide French Dip Sandwiches Roast Beef Recipe | SimplyRecipes.comFrom: foodfornet.comPublished: N/A

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Sous Vide Roast Beef Recipe Cooking Times and Techniques

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​Attempting to figure out the best way to cook roast beef using the sous vide method?  Still seeking for the best way to use your ​sous vide appliance?

When cooking roast beef, there are different ways you can make the sous vide method your own. However, it doesn’t hurt to have some tips and main areas where you need to start, such as times and techniques.Read More: Roast Beef Recipes-Sous Vide Roast Beef Cooking Times and TechniquesFrom: www.premiumdakotabeef.comPublished: N/A

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Sous Vide beef Roast Recipe- Premium Dakota Beef

April 23, 2019 • 0 comments

Set up your sous vide water bath with the temperature set to 136℉In a small bowl, mix the minced rosemary and garlic with the smoked paprika, mustard and onion powders, salt, and pepper.Rub the beef down with Worcestershire sauce, then spread the spice rub over the whole roast.Vacuum seal the roast in a plastic bag and cook it at 136℉ for 24 hours.

When the roast is done cooking, drain the liquid into a small bowl and set the roast aside for finishing.To get a nice crust on the outside of the beef roast, place it on a broiler pan and finish it in a 350ºF oven for 15 minutes, turning it halfway through. Once the roast comes out of the oven, let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

The juices from the roast can be served as an au jus. To make the au jus take the liquid from the bag the roast was cooked in and bring it to a boil in a small saucepan for three to five minutes.The au jus is especially good when you’re using the roast beef to make French Dip sandwiches.Read More: Sous Vide Roast Beef – Premium Dakota Beef

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Our top recommended Sous Vide equipment from The Fatty Crab:

* Weber Slow N Sear


  • Joule Sous Vide Circulator
  • Anova Precision Cooker WiFi
  • Sous Vide Supreme
  • Sansaire Sous Vide Circulator
  • Sous Vide Container
  • Sous Vide Container Cover
  • Best Chamber Sealer
  • Cheap Suction Sealer
  • Chamber Bags
  • Suction Bags
  • Bag Holder
  • Mini Weight
  • Pepper Grinder
  • Mini Hook Clips
  • Large Clips
  • Rib Rack
  • Stainless Steel Searing Circle Grate
  • Grate Inside Container
  • Rack System Lifter
  • Sous Vide Rack System

 (Choose the right size for you)

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  • Torch
  • Searzall (Heating Lamp)
  • Touch Gas


  • Searing Grates
  • Round Elevated Grate


  • LIPAVI Damascus Chefs Knife
  • LIPAVI Damascus Santoku
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Chef’s Knife Japanese
  • Sushi Knife:
  • Butcher’s Knife
  • Long Carving Knife
  • Electric Knife Battery
  • Cleaver
  • Nicer Cleaver


  • Smoker
  • Wood Pellets
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Weber Griddle 1/2 Moon
  • Cast Iron Griddle Round
  • Heat Resistant Glove


  • Blender
  • Cutting & Serving Board
  • Color Prep Board
  • Granite Cutting Board
  • Food Grade Gloves
  • Bundt Cake Glass Pan
  • Glass Mason Jars 8 Oz.
  • Glass Mason Jars 4 Oz.
  • Glass 7 Cup with Lid Container Kit
  • Tongs Tweezers
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