Worcestershire Butter Roast Beef

Posted on Jan 5 2017 - 1:11pm by Barry C. Parsons

Worcestershire Butter Roast Beef – a beautiful roast of beef seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, garlic and thyme butter which gets marinated overnight for maximum flavour!

Worcestershire Butter Roast Beef

Worcestershire Butter Roast Beef

My idea for Worcestershire Roast Beef came from wanting to marinate a roast in Worcestershire sauce without the meat being overwhelmed by the flavour of the marinade.

I love the flavour of Worcestershire sauce with beef, it is a naturally delicious and complimentary combination. Marinating steaks or a roast overnight in the sauce though, can make it absorb too much, so I was looking for an alternate method to infuse the flavour.

Worcestershire Butter Roast Beef

Worcestershire Butter Roast Beef

My solution was a compound butter to act as a marinade. The Worcestershire sauce as well as garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and salt, all get suspended in the butter and slowly infuse the meat with their flavour overnight.

The next day I only had to pull the beef from the fridge and after letting it sit at room temperature for a while, then roast it to perfection. Served with our family favourite English Style Roasted Potatoes, gravy , steamed broccoli and some Yorkshire Pudding Popovers, it was a Sunday dinner worthy of the best British carvery.

Worcestershire Butter Roast Beef

Worcestershire Butter Roast Beef

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Worcestershire Butter Roast Beef. A compound butter is used to marinate and baste this deliciously new version of roast beef.

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Worcestershire Butter Roast Beef
Worcestershire Butter Roast Beef
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 30 mins

Worcestershire Butter Roast Beef - a simple method where a roasting butter also acts as a sort of marinade for the beef, keeping it moist and flavourful.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: British Inspired
Servings: 6 or more servings
Author: Barry C. Parsons
  • 4 ib beef roast (prime rib, tenderloin or striploin roast is best)
  • 1/3 cup soft butter
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper coarsely ground
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp English style mustard optional
  1. Cream together the butter, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt, pepper and mustard.
  2. Using cold wet hands pat the butter all over the roast.
  3. Cover in plastic wrap and let stand in the fridge for up to a day.
  4. Take the roast out of the fridge and keep it at room temperature for 60-90 minutes roasting. This ensures a more even cooking of the beef.
  5. Place the roast on on a roasting rack in an aluminum foil lined shallow roasting pan.
  6. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roast the beef, uncovered at this temperature for 20 minutes.
  7. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F and roast uncovered for up to another hour or until the roast reaches the internal temperature desired for the doneness you prefer. See Notes.
  8. Baste the roast a couple of times with the butter and pan drippings during the cooking time
  9. Remove the roast from the oven and loosely tent it with aluminum foil. Leave it at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before carving. This is an essential step to let the meat relax and retain it's juices. Carving any roast too early can make all of the internal juices run off rapidly.
  10. After resting, slice thinly and serve.
Recipe Notes

Internal Temperature Guide for Beef Roast 

Medium-rare63°C (145°F)
Medium71°C (160°F)
Well done77°C (170°F)

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Lawrie Melton

Hi Barry,

This looks mouthwatering! I have a question about the application of the butter mixture. I tried to do a similar application with a prime rib for Christmas dinner but I couldn’t get the butter to stick to the meat!! Very frustrating. Any tips? I have a sirloin roast in the fridge I’d love to try this with.
Thanks Lawrie


This is awesome! It looks like the most flavorful way to make a roast. Thanks for sharing.

Wishes for tasty dishes,

Lawrie Melton

Hi Barry,
This looks delicious! Is there a trick to getting the butter mixture to stick to the meat? I tried a variation of this on a prime rib for Christmas and the butter just kept sliding off the roast. It wouldn’t stick. I’d had the roast sitting out of the fridge for about an hour when I tried to apply the butter. Any suggestions?!


What cut of roast do you suggest?


Can I cook this in a crock pot on low?


Love the flavor combo. I found this recipe on Pinterest and I saved this post.Thanks for sharing this recipe.


Has anyone done this without having it marinate overnight? Do you think it would taste fine if i spread the butter and then just cooked it?


Would a sirloin roast work or is a tenderloin roast better?


Is a sirloin roast better or a tenderloin roast?


If I did an 8lb roast would the cooking time be different? If so what do you suggest. Plan on making this for easter.


I forgot to prepare the roast day before can I just marinate it for a couple hours then cook it?