Marinated Rotisserie Roast Beef

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 90 mins
Marinate: 8 hrs
Total: 9 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1148 Calories
78g Fat
6g Carbs
86g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 1148
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 78g 100%
Saturated Fat 26g 131%
Cholesterol 348mg 116%
Sodium 1021mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 86g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 8mg 44%
Potassium 809mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Marinating and then rotisserie roasting is a great way to prepare an eye of round beef roast. This less expensive cut of meat is boneless and very lean, but it is also generally tougher, so slow rotisserie cooking over low heat helps to keep the roast beef juicy and flavorful. This recipe method is for a rotisserie grill attachment, but any type of rotisserie will work.

You will start with high searing heat and then slowly roast the meat over low heat or indirect heat if using a charcoal grill. Aim for a medium-rare roast—otherwise, it will tend to dry out and become tough. Serve the roast beef with your favorite traditional sides, such as baked or mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. You can make this roast the centerpiece of a family dinner and enjoy the leftovers for sandwiches.


  • 4 to 5 pounds beef roast

  • 2 medium onions, sliced

  • 3 cups white wine

  • 3/4 cup olive oil

  • 3 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 teaspoon dried sage

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Steps to Make It

Note: While there are multiple steps to this recipe, this rotisserie roast beef dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Marinate the Roast

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place the beef roast and onions in a large resealable bag.

  3. In a small bowl, combine the wine, oil, garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary, celery seeds, thyme leaves, and sage to make a marinade.

  4. Pour the marinade mixture over the top of the beef roast and seal the bag. Refrigerate the roast for several hours or up to one day.

Cook the Roast

  1. Preheat the grill to high heat. Remove the roast from the bag, retaining the marinade.

  2. Place the roast on the rotisserie spit, making sure to get it as balanced as you can. Secure it tightly and place it on the grill. Put an aluminum pan underneath the rotisserie to catch any drippings.

  3. After 15 minutes, reduce the heat, or if using a charcoal grill, move the coals away from underneath the roast. Continue cooking the meat.

  4. Meanwhile, pour 2 cups of the marinade into a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often. Remove it from the heat and add the butter.

  5. Baste the roast with the basting mixture every 30 minutes during the cooking time. Continue cooking until done, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to ensure your roast is done to your liking—130 to 135 F is medium-rare, and recommended for a beef roast.

  6. Remove the roast to a platter and allow the roast to rest for 10 minutes.

  7. Slice thin against the grain and serve.


Be sure to consult the instructions for your rotisserie before you begin, especially if you haven't used it recently. Luckily, this roast is usually symmetrical and round and therefore easy to balance on the spit.

What Is Eye of Round?

The eye of round roast is a cut from the round primal or the outside of the back leg. It is flavorful and is often used for sliced deli roast beef. It is best when slow-roasted or braised, similar to a pot roast.