Basic Spoon Roast with Roots

Based on a few recipes, mainly this one.


  • 2.5 lb spoon roast
  • 3 tsp salt
  • Any rub you want, like curry stuff mixed with olive oil
  • Roots tossed with olive oil and salt (don’t put salt when they are on the cookie sheet)


  1. Rub the roast with the salt overnight.
  2. Heat oven to 430 F.
  3. While waiting, rub the roast with the wet rub; or do this earlier to let the flavor seep in.
  4. Place roast in an open dutch oven and place in the preheated oven for 15 min.
  5. Lower the heat to 225 F (very low!) and take the dutch oven out.
  6. Add just enough potatoes to the sides of the roast so you don’t cover the roast
  7. Put lid on the oven and put it back in the oven; duration is for each pound do one hours.
  8. Check that the internal temperature is at least 140 F
  9. Take it out to rest, lid remaining on, for at least 20 minutes. 
  10. In the meantime raise oven temperature to 450 F
  11. Spread the rest of the roots on a cookie sheet and roast in the preheated oven for 20 min.

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