Southwestern Roast Beef Sandwich

I won’t fork over big bucks for the latest kitchen gadget but sometimes you get lucky at a garage sale.

I bought a dehydrator for $6 at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago on a whim. I would never have spent $50 to buy one new in a store but for $6, what did I have to lose?

I have been having fun drying out an assortment of chilies and then grinding them up in a coffee grinder. So I had this wonderful sweet paprika and a spicy chili powder to use and thought I’d make a southwestern roast beef.

Southwestern Roast Beef Sandwich

2 lb beef eye of round
4 ea hoagie rolls
5 tsp Southwestern Rub
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Cumin mayo
8 slices swiss cheese
lettuce, tomato, red onion

2 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 – 1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp turbinado sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Cumin Mayonnaise
4 teaspoons ground cumin
1 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
3 teaspoons Chopped fresh cilantro

Make the cumin mayo. In a small skillet over medium heat (using no oil), add cumin and stir constantly until darkened (2 minutes). Remove from heat. Mix mayo, cumin, lime juice and cilantro in a bowl. Cover and let chill for an hour before serving.

Mix rub ingredients together. Rub three teaspoons onto all sides of the beef roast. Mix the other two teaspoons with the oil.

Since this is Fire Day Friday, I spit roasted my beef on a rotisserie on the grill.

I used about 3/4 chimney full of lit coal and it took about an hour or an internal temp of 140f. I brushed it with the oil/seasoning mixture about 30 minutes into the cooking time.

You could also do this in an oven. Put the roast in an oven preheated to 450f for 10 minutes. Baste with the oil mixture. Cut the heat to 250f and then cook it for another 30 to 40 minutes or until the roast hits an internal temp of 140f.

Let rest for 15 minutes and then slice thinly. TIP: When I want really thin sliced roast beef, I will put the roast in the fridge for a day and then slice it while it’s cold. Whether doing it by hand or on an electric slicer, it’s easier to get thin slices when fully chilled.

Serve on a hoagie roll with the cheese, toppings and cumin mayo.

The roast beast…errr beef was tender and packed with flavor. The cumin mayo sealed the deal. It sure beats roast beef from a deli!