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How to Make a Tender Rump Roast

How to Make a Tender Rump Roast

A hot and juicy tender rump roast is ranked right up there in comfort food…especially on a cold winter day. Pair it with some piping hot mashed potatoes and if that isn’t Heaven….we don’t know what is. But do you know how to make a tender rump roast?

Unfortunately, rump roasts can turn into shoe leather if they are not cooked correctly. Don’t worry. The folks at Home Perch have you back. We have tested over 100 rump roast recipes and created the one below that is easy, foolproof, and most importantly delicious! Try this recipe and we guarantee it will become one of your favorite go-to recipes that your family and friends will request on a regular basis!

How to Make a Tender Rump Roast

How to Make a Tender Rump Roast

Tender Rump Roast

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 4 people


  • 1.7 lb rump roast
  • Extra virgin olive oil to taste
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Shallots
  • 3 teaspoons dried herbs thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage, mint, and basil
  • 1 teaspoon juniper berries
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/3 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Generously coat the rump roast with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Heat a non-stick pan over high heat and brown the meat on all sides.
  • Heat two to three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a Dutch oven or skillet over medium heat. Add chopped shallot, carrot, and celery. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until soft.
  • In a baking pan, add the cooked shallot, carrot and celery, herbs, rump roast, and juniper. Cover with vegetable broth and season with paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Put the dish in the oven and cook for 1 hour.
  • Remove from the oven.
  • Cut the rump roast into slices.
  • Serve drizzled with the remaining cooking sauce.
  • Enjoy.

How to Cook a Frozen Roast in the Oven

Forgot to take the roast out of the freezer? It happens! Cooking a frozen roast in the oven is not difficult, as long as you know the correct oven temperature, baking time, and follow these easy steps.

  • Preheat the oven to 450 °F.
  • Take the roast out of the freezer and run some water over it.
  • Pat the roast dry with a paper towel.
  • Rub coarse sea salt and pepper into the entire roast.
    Place the roast in a roasting pan and let it cook for 30 – 35 minutes.
  • After that, use the oven light to check the exterior. Your roast should be dark brown at this stage.
  • Reduce the temperature to 300 °F and cook for additional 2 hours.
  • Check the temperature of the roast with a meat thermometer. 145°F (medium-rare), 160°F (medium) or 170° (well done).
  • Cut into the roast to make sure the entire roast is cooked.
  • If needed, put the roast back in the oven and check it every 15 minutes until it reaches the appropriate temperature on the meat thermometer.
  • Take it out and let it sit for a few minutes before cutting.

More Tips for Cooking Frozen Meat

Slightly reduce the temperature when cooking frozen meat. For example, if you are cooking frozen pork tenderloin, cook it at 360°F rather than 400°F.
If your unfrozen meat usually takes one hour to cook, add another 30 minutes to the cooking time if the meat is frozen.

You can cook frozen meat faster by reducing the size of the pieces. This is especially useful when you need to cook large pieces of meat in the oven or on the roasting rack.

Don’t Forget the Sides

Now that your tender rump roast is ready, don’t forget the side dishes. A tender rump roast pairs well with so many dishes including:

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