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October 23, 2015


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Wet Aged Sirloin Tip Roast

The process of wet aging grass-fed meat turns moderate cuts into prime tender cuts. The trick to the success is planning in advance, giving enough time for the wet aging to work its magic.  (Note: If the roast has been pre-wet aged, it will be noted on package and that step listed below can be eliminated.)


1 – 3 pound Sirloin Tip Roast

2 – tablespoons olive oil

½  – teaspoons garlic powder

1 – teaspoon onion powder

1 – tablespoon thyme leaves

2 – teaspoons sea salt

1 – tablespoon black pepper

1 - cup buffalo stock/broth or organic beef stock/broth

½ - cup red wine

2 – tablespoons butter


    1. If roast has not been wet aged, place the frozen roast in its packaging on a plate and place in the back of your refrigerator. Allow roast to wet age for two weeks, turning roast over every 3 days.  
    2. Remove wet aged roast from the package in a clean sink and rinse under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels, and place on a platter.
    3. Mix olive oil and seasonings together in your roasting pan. Add the roast and rub the seasonings into the roast. Cover and let roast rest at room temperature for two hours before cooking.

    Cooking Options:

    Method One – Hot & High, then Low & Slow
    1. Preheat oven to 500°.
    2. Place roast in a heavy roasting pan and place in the oven for 13 minutes (or about 4.5 minutes per pound). Reduce the heat to 475°.
    3. After 13 minutes, shut the oven off and leave the roast in the oven for two hours. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR.
    4. Remove the roast from oven and place on a cutting board or platter. Slice the roast thin on the bias, keeping slices tightly together. *Optional for re-heating: Transfer the sliced roast onto a baking sheet and place in a 500°pre- oven for 5 to 7 minutes.
    5. Place the roasting pan with the juices on stove-top over medium high heat. Stir in stock and wine scraping up the bits for the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and allow au jus to reduce to about 1 cup.  Whisk in butter and season to taste.
    6. Serve the sliced roast with hot au jus.

    Method Two: Low & Slow

    1. Pre-heat oven to 210°.
    2. Place roast in a heavy roasting pan and place in pre-heated oven. Roast at 210° for 1 hour. Reduce heat to 190° and continue to roast for 5 hours.
    3. Remove roast from oven and place on a cutting board or platter, cover with foil and allow the roast to rest for about 10 minutes.
    4. While the roast is resting place roasting pan on stove-top over medium high heat. Stir in stock and wine scraping up the bits for the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and allow au jus to reduce to about 1 cup.  Whisk in butter and season to taste.
    5. While au jus is reducing, slice roast thin on the bias. Serve and pass with au jus.

    Method Three: Sear & Indirect Heat for Gas or Char Grill

    1. Heat char grill or get coals in grill very hot, 500° +.
    2. Place roast on top of the hottest part of the grill and sear the roast for 3 minutes. Turn the roast two additional times searing each un-grilled side for 3 additional minutes.
    3. If using a gas grill turn the left and the right burners to low, keeping the roast in between and away from the heat sources.  Insert a meat thermometer into the center of the roast, and close the grill lid. Continue to roast for one hour or until meat thermometer registers 135°, for medium rare. If using a char grill, push coals around to one side. Place the roast on opposite side of heat, and cover with the grill lid. Continue to roast for one hour or until meat thermometer registers 135° for medium rare, rotating once during the cooking time.
    4. Remove roast from the grill and transfer to platter and slice thin on the bias.


    Jen Igou

    January 08, 2017

    I was really skeptical to follow this. For one, I’m reluctant to leave meat thawing in refrigerator for that long, and two, how in the world will this come out cooked after only 12 mins under heat? So I only wet-aged for a week, and I upped the cooking time to 15 mins. (Used first method listed) It turned out amazing, but slightly over cooked. Next time I will trust the recipe and follow exactly, I’m sure it will be even better. I made mashed potatoes and honey glazed carrots for side dishes. Thank you guys for this awesome recipe!


    October 07, 2017

    i am allergic to wine… what do i use instead or should i just leave it out all together

    Jill / Wild Idea Buffalo Co.

    October 08, 2017

    Hi Miquel. I would substitute the wine with more stock or broth. It should be just fine.

    todd erlandson

    November 12, 2017

    Hi Jill! I want to make this for Christmas dinner this year! How many people do yo think this will feed? 8-10? Todd


    December 21, 2017

    Todd, the common rule is 1/4 pound of meat per person. But keep in mind, that is the size of a quarter pounder at McDonalds. Some people will eat a small amount. HOWEVER.. I find that I like to plan for 1/2 pound per person. A good roast never goes to waste, next day left overs are so yummy. Think beef and noodles etc. I like to have too much vs not enough. but that is just me.

    Mila Milliorn

    March 06, 2018

    We’ve wet aged twice and it was delicious. I wouldn’t do it with grocery store meat as I don’t trust how long they had it thawed.


    June 19, 2018

    I am excited/nervous to try this roast using the wet-aging process! I’m trusting everyone’s reviews that it’s great. Which of your two methods of ccoking this do you think is better? Also, I put the roast in the refrigerator for 2 weeks prior to the date I wanted to cook it. Now our plans have changed, and it seems I will have to push this dinner back a day or two. So, it will have been in the refrigerator for 15 or 16 days. Will this be okay?? Or is this too long? Thanks for the help!

    Jill O'Brien

    June 22, 2018

    HI Michelle – Sorry to get this late. I sent you a direct message. In short – roast should be just fine.
    I left my contact info in email – so call if you would like. jill

    Gregory T Aaron

    December 15, 2018

    I am wet aging a sirloin tip roast for Christmas dinner. What internal temperature would you recommend? Beef for rare is usually 120 degs F resting to 125 degs F. Also any recommendations for smoking a sirloin roast. I’ve smoked a bison tenderloin a couple of times to 120 resting to 125 and it turned out fantastic. If I smoke it should I do the same as for the tenderloin?


    December 15, 2018

    Hi Gregory. For internal roast temperature for medium rare, I recommend it be 135 to 140 degrees. So, pull out when it is 5 degrees less than your desired temperature. I would also use the method above. Thank you for your order and support! Wishing you a delicious holiday! jill

    Alison Sheahen

    December 24, 2018

    Can I still cook with this method if I don’t have time to wet age?


    December 24, 2018

    Alison – Yes, you sure can. Enjoy and thank you! jill


    February 02, 2019

    OK, going for it! Roast is in the fridge, will report back in two weeks!


    February 20, 2019

    Did the roast this past Saturday, came out very good. Have to shorten cooking time a bit for the next one, it was a bit overcooked but still tender and delish. We have a more commercial oven, it really holds the heat. Amazing that the meat was still tender, can’t wait to try it again.

    Nancy Spoolman

    April 01, 2019

    I am going to use Method 2 – Slow Roast. Do you cover it at all so it won’t dry out? I’ve waited for a while to do this roast. I cannot wait to try it!



    December 02, 2019

    I have made two different sized roasts with this method and both times it turned out beautifully. The roasts came wet aged from Wild Idea.
    Last night I prepared the 3 lb roast with the recipe on the cards sent and used
    The rosemary, Dijon& lemon marinade, and the low and slow method at170 degrees for 5.5 hours. It was perfect! I used the Cabernet Sauvignon Sage sauce with dried porchini mushrooms soaked in 1 cup of the red wine.
    Served on top of mashed white sweet potatoes and sautéed bok choy with the sauce over the meat and potato mound. We were wiping the fabulous sauce with our dinner rolls! I am SO inspired by this meat!

    Debbie McMillan

    April 07, 2020

    I’m really nervous about possible spoilage of wet-aging in fridge for two weeks. Any feedback re. this?


    April 07, 2020

    Hi Debbie – If you ordered the roast from us, it was more than likely already wet-aged and would be noted on the package.
    So, you should be able to go right to the cooking part. I prefer the hot and high method 1, but both work well and I have never had one turn out that wasn’t tender and delicious. If you purchased your roast elsewhere – I can’t offer any assurance. Best of luck. jill


    November 01, 2020

    Hi – I have an oven that annoyingly vents itself cool when it’s off… and I can’t seem to turn that feature off. Do you have any suggestions? A recommended temperature/time to set in lieu of that 2 hr off period for the first method?


    November 01, 2020

    Hi Audrey – Well… I would start roast as recipe recommends, this would give it a nice sear and then follow by shutting the oven off for about 30 to 45 minutes. Turn oven back on to 210 and continue to roast for about 4 hours. I wouldn’t open the oven door – just trust. The other option would be to unplug your oven – this will shut the auto venting off. Good luck. Jill


    December 22, 2020

    I just ordered your Sirloin Tip Roast and I’m looking at the cooking instructions, Can I cook this in a cast iron dutch oven in my oven using either of the above methods? and should it be covered or uncovered? (I’m assuming covered, since my oven also has automatic venting after it’s shut off.) And, would it be better to heat up the dutch oven in the oven before putting the roast in to cook (as is done with artisan bread)?


    December 23, 2020

    My apologies for the delay.Yes, You can use a cast iron dutch oven. And, your roast it uncovered.My oven has an auto vent too and it still works just fine. OR, you could unplug oven… There is also a video of this method in cooking video section. Thank you!

    Natasha Macaraeg

    December 28, 2020

    I have used the second method with a 4.4lb meat and worked well with time and temperature. Will it still be the same instructions for any weight of meat?


    December 28, 2020

    Natasha – I would think you would need to extend the roasting time based on poundage. Good to know on the 4# roast, more than 5 pounds I would add an extra 10 minutes at 210 and an additional half hour for every pound over 5# at 190.


    January 03, 2021

    This.Was.Amazing. Wow! This roast and recipe are everything. I am a very experienced home cook and at first nervous about this cooking method, but I am so glad I tried it! I followed the recipe exactly, with the wet aging and everything.
    I was a little confused with the instructions because it was unclear to me if I needed to roast an additional 13 minutes, or just the first 13 and then turn the oven off. I punted and turned off after 13 minutes. I figured it was better to go on the side of less done than more. it was the perfect roast. No leftovers! Thank you for this recipe. I will definitely make this again.

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