Making perfectly seasoned, thinly sliced Deli Style Roast Beef at home is much easier than you think!
It is so easy, in fact, that I cannot believe that I waited so long to try making it! It is tender, juicy and delicious, not to mention the fact that making your own Deli Roast Beef is only about half the price of buying it at the deli. A good Deli Style Roast Beef obviously starts with the right cut of meat. For this recipe, I used a bottom round roast. A top round roast would work just as well, though. What you are looking for is a relatively lean cut of meat.
The problem with a relatively lean cut of meat is that you have to be careful not to overcook it. You definitely do not want to throw it in your slow cooker and cook it all day! You will be left with a tough, dried out piece of meat that no amount of gravy will save. If you want to use your slow cooker, try my Pot Roast Recipe.
The best way to make sure you do not overcook this Deli Roast Beef is to use an oven safe meat thermometer. I won’t roast anything without mine because I would be guaranteed to overcook it. The perfect roast beef, in my humble opinion, is nice and rare so I cook mine to an internal temperature of around 125° to 130° and I am just not good enough to guess precisely how long that will take without using my thermometer!
The seasoning on this Deli Style Roast Beef is super simple and you probably already have much of what you need on hand. The seasoning is simply a mixture of coarsely ground pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, chili powder and paprika that is rubbed all over the roast. I know that some people pan sear their roasts before putting them in the oven. I skipped this step and started my Deli Roast Beef at a high oven temperature which kind of oven sears it. I use the same trick for Roasted Chicken to make the skin nice and crisp.
Then, just reduce the oven temperature and wait for the thermometer to ding. Don’t cut into it right away, though! A roast, or any meat really, needs to sit and rest for a while. That way the juices can be redistributed through the meat instead of ending up all over your cutting board. When you are ready to cut nice, thin slices, a super sharp knife will do the trick but this is is one of the times I pull out our electric carving knife. We got ours when we got married almost 2 decades ago and it really does come in handy! This amazing Deli Roast Beef makes a beautiful dinner and leftovers are great in a sandwich the next day. Or you could try my ever popular Cheese Steak Calzone Recipe which is always a family favorite!