Here at Earl’s we make the effort and pay close attention to detail to ensure an awesome sandwich experience is had by all and our roasted beef is no different…
We start with the eye of a beef roast, a cut that resembles the tenderloin, yet comes from the outer part of the round and is separated from the bottom where the muscles are more exercised. Some people think that is a flavorless cut that’s chewy, but if it’s roasted correctly, it is pure heaven. This cut is know to be more lean, lacks the fatty marbling, and is traditionally used in stews, but it also makes for great sandwich meat when executed properly.
Being from Massachusetts, I grew up on Kelly’s Roast Beef sandwiches. They’re an icon in my home state and I knew I wanted every roast beef sandwich sliced to order like them. So that’s what we do.
Freshly roasted meat, quality ingredients and sliced to order is how we create our roast beef sandwiches and that will never change! Read on to learn how you can roast beef like a pro!
How to Roast Beef like a Pro
Here are a few tricks of the trade that are used to create something super special. A good place to start is with a marinade. This not only flavors the meat but also softens it, which is needed in this type of cut. Next, getting a proper, even sear on all sides is essential in trapping in the juices so that way they don’t end up on the plate when sliced into. (On a side note, make sure to not overcook and aim for medium rare ~145 degrees). Lastly, to reach perfection you should have your oven set high (around 500 degrees) and cook for 4-5 minutes per pound. Just remember: do NOT overcook. And like all meats, allow it to rest for a while and then slice as thin as possible to serve on your bread of choice.
If these few, simple methods are followed accordingly, you will not be disappointed when attempting a fresh roast beef sandwich at home. However, for those of you out there that may feel like this is a bit daunting, please rest assured, we do this everyday and feel pretty confident in our process. So much that we sell three different styles of roast beef sandwiches at our shop, all of which seem pretty tasty to us!
We’re sandwich nerds who love preparing fresh and unique food for our customers. Twelve years later we still believe in creating sandwiches and other goodies that are homemade—without the hassle for you.
Earl’s now makes sandwiches in Ballston and Clarendon, and each location has its own roasting ovens. We roast all our own turkey, beef and pork.
We cater, too. Nothing fancy, just great sandwich lunches for meetings and office events. Generous portions, along with the drinks and cookies to keep your energy up for that final two hours of the meeting.
Come visit us at Ballston (4215 North Fairfax Drive, right across from the Ballston Metro) or Clarendon (2605 Wilson Boulevard, a five-minute walk from Courthouse Metro).