Beef Mini Roast with a Spice Rub

Try this delicious boneless beef mini roasting joint dusted with a combination of dried, ground, smoky spices.  A mini roast is cooked in under an hour and is perfect for a midweek meal.

prep time
10 mins

cook time
50 minutes

3 people


  • 1 x 400-450g lean beef mini roasting joint (we used a mini topside joint)
  • 1-2 tablespoons prepared steak spice rub mix (available in the spice aisles of larger supermarkets)
  • 2 teaspoons rapeseed or sunflower oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C,170°C Fan, Gas Mark 5.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the steak rub mix and the oil.
  3. Place the joint on a chopping board, make several slashes over the surface of the joint, season and brush with the flavoured oil on both sides.  Transfer to a roasting rack in a medium non-stick roasting tin and roast for 40-50 minutes (for medium). Cover with foil if browning too quickly.
  4. Remove the joint from the oven, transfer to a warm plate, cover and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes, 20 if time allows.
  5. Slice the roast and serve with mixed vegetable rice.


Why not try the rub on steak; simply mix with a little oil and spread over both sides before cooking.