Beef Roast Internal Temperature

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Hey, all - I have a question regarding internal temperature of beef roast.

I don't seem to find much agreement amongst my resources regarding what the correct internal temperature should be for different levels of doneness. If I'm making a 3-pound beef bottom round roast, looking for it to be medium rare, what should my final internal temperature be? It seems USDA suggests the final internal temp should be 145F (taking the roast out of the oven at 135, as it will cook for another 10 degrees after removal during rest). But lots of professional chefs seem to suggest a final internal temp of 130-135F (removal from the oven at 120-125). That's a big difference! What would you all suggest for a medium-rare final internal temperature of a beef roast?
 
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I shoot for 130ish then let it rest. But that is on bigger roasts. On a 3 pound roast it is going to cool faster so you may need to hit 135...
 
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How are you planning to cook this tough cut?  
 
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Well oven is fine and there are a couple of ways to achieve tender.  Braise low and slow after a good sear, or dry, hot and fast then oven off and keep the door closed for 2.5hrs. like eye of round.  This is a real piece of working meat with lots of collagen to break down.  Since you want to do it as a "roast" and not sandwich sliced I'd go for the low and slow.  

I agree with KK about Italian sandwich style which I'm fond of for this cut.  I usually inject a marinade all over.  But you can simply season with salt, pepper and what ever else then onto a baking pan and into a 500 degree oven, reduce to 450 and roast for 7 minutes per pound - 21 min. for a 3lb. roast.  Turn off the oven and don't go near that door for two hours.  That should put you in the medium rare zone.  At the end of that time the roast will be completely rested so if you need to heat it up you will not have to rest it again.
 
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Am I missing something? Doesn't "roast" elude to baking in the oven?
As a method or verb yes.  As a noun or cut no.  A roast may be grilled, smoked, braised, or roasted in the oven.  Mike9 is correct bottom round is a tough cut of meat.  When I use it i slice it very thin.
 
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This topic got me cooking. 

I've got a 2-pound ribeye roast. A chunk of meat the guy was cutting off ribeye steaks from. I scored the top and rubbed all the seasonings in. It's sitting on the countertop for a couple of hours. My question is this - What oven temp and for how long to get between med-rare and regular medium? 

Thanks.
 
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This topic got me cooking. 

I've got a 2-pound ribeye roast. A chunk of meat the guy was cutting off ribeye steaks from. I scored the top and rubbed all the seasonings in. It's sitting on the countertop for a couple of hours. My question is this - What oven temp and for how long to get between med-rare and regular medium? 

Thanks.
For such a small roast I would treat it more like a steak and sear it in a pan to brown and then transfer to an oven at 350 for the remainder.  This should not take long at all.  Maybe 20 minutes start to finish? Use a thermometer and don't let it get past 120.
 
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