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When it comes to roast beef, the received wisdom is that it should always be cooked on the bone – whether it’s a sirloin joint or rib roast – as the bone both conducts heat and adds flavour. However, this doesn’t suit everyone and some of our most popular recipes are bone-free and much easier to carve. Buy what suits you best.

More important than the bone is the fat – don’t be tempted to trim it off as it will baste your meat while it cooks. You can always cut it away when you serve it. If you want the fat to make a crust, then you have to sprinkle or rub it with flour and/or mustard powder to absorb the fat released on the surface.

Generally roast beef is cooked at a high temperature to caramelise the outside, then the temperature is turned down. This method can also be reversed with a lower temperature to start before a blast of heat at the end. As an example, see our herb-scented slow-roasted recipe.

If you don’t have a meat thermometer then check your beef is roasted by piercing it with a skewer. The juices should run red for rare, pink for medium and clear for well-done. Also, a meat thermometer should read 40C for rare (it will rise to 54-56C, medium-rare, as it sits), 48C for medium (it will rise to 65C).

It is essential you rest your joint for at least an hour so the juices are re-absorbed. If you carve the beef too soon it will be dry rather than juicy. Some juices will be released as it sits and you can tip these into the gravy.

Rolled sirloin of beef in a tray of shallots

If cooking beef on the bone then a three-rib roast (about 3kg) will serve about seven to eight people. Calculate roughly 400g per person. If cooking beef off the bone, 1kg will serve four and 1½ kg will serve about six, so 200-300g per person. Calculate your cooking time for medium-rare with 20 mins per 500g, or for medium use 25 minutes per 500g.

For beef on or off the bone cook it at 240C/220C fan/gas 9 for 20 minutes, then turn down to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 (not forgetting to take this 20 minutes off the timing you have just calculated).

Roast beef recipe

Serves 7-8

  • three-bone rib of beef, about 3kg
  • flour or mustard powder
  • 1 onion, halved

1. Take the beef out of the fridge at least an hour before you want to cook it. Calculate the cooking time and heat the oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 9.

2. Season the fat with salt and pepper and rub in a little flour or mustard powder, if you like.

3. Lay the beef on top of the two halved onions in a roasting tin and roast for 20 mins before turning down to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and cooking for 1 hours 40 mins. Remove and rest for at least an hour.

Our top roast beef dishes

Herb & pepper crusted rib of beef

Rib of beef with herb and pepper crusted coating

This classic recipe makes the perfect Sunday lunch and will feed eight people easily. Herbs and pepper form a flavourful crust for the beef – they will darken as they cook but don’t worry.

Herb & pepper crusted rib of beef

Herb-scented slow-roasted rib of beef

Rib of beef with a bowl of roast potatoes

Our mustard, treacle and Bovril crust for this roast reverses the cooking method, which means slow-cooking the meat and then turning the heat up. 

Herb-scented slow-roasted rib of beef

Roast beef sirloin with simple Asian sauce

Roast beef sirloin with simple Asian sauce

Ring the changes with Chinese flavourings for a roast boneless sirloin. 

Roast beef sirloin with simple Asian sauce

Roast beef & carrots with easy gravy

Sliced roast beef with roast carrots

For a bone-free and cheaper cut, try a beef top rump for your roast. 

Roast beef & carrots with easy gravy

Roast fillet of beef with mushroom stuffing

Beef fillet rolled up and stuffed with mushroom

A stuffed fillet makes an elegant cut for a dinner party and is easy to carve.

Roast fillet of beef with mushroom stuffing

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WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — As Antifa activists faced off with white nationalists at dueling rallies in Portland, Oregon Saturday, President Donald Trump announced his administration is considering formally labeling the far-left group a domestic terrorist organization, but some experts are skeptical such a designation would be legal or particularly helpful to law enforcement.

“Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR,’” Trump tweeted Saturday morning, stating the Portland protests were “being watched very closely.”

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Thousands of law enforcement officers from more than a dozen local, state, and federal agencies worked to keep the far-left and far-right demonstrators separated Saturday. They were mostly successful, though the situation did devolve into a civil disturbance later in the afternoon.

Police said 13 people were arrested during the protests, though they did not identify which side the suspects were on, and a half dozen people were treated for minor injuries. Antifa and the far-right Proud Boys both declared victory when it was all over, with organizer Joe Biggs citing Trump’s tweet as proof the event successfully called attention to Antifa violence.

It was not the first time the president has raised the issue. Last month, Trump claimed officials were considering whether to declare “the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats” a terrorist organization.

“Would make it easier for police to do their job!” Trump tweeted.

Trump’s tweets join a growing chorus of Republicans fighting for Antifa to be treated as a terrorist organization. Last month, Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Bill Cassidy, R-La., introduced a resolution calling for “the groups and organizations across the country who act under the banner of Antifa to be designated as domestic terrorist organizations.” The resolution also calls for the federal government to step up efforts to combat “all forms of domestic terrorism.”

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., made a similar demand in a letter to Attorney General William Barr after journalist Andy Ngo was attacked by masked protesters during an Antifa demonstration in Portland in June. He claimed designating Antifa a domestic terrorist organization would send a clear message that political violence is unacceptable and reassure journalists that their rights will be protected.

“Antifa’s use of violence as a means of furthering its political agenda represents a significant threat to public safety as well as the First Amendment rights of Americans everywhere,” Fitzpatrick wrote.

Terrorism experts find the push to designate Antifa a domestic terrorist organization puzzling, in part because no such formal designation exists under current law.

“I don’t know what they’re talking about,” said David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University.

When law enforcement designates a group an international terrorist organization, it can prosecute those who provide material support for that group, establish probable cause for surveillance, and pursue sanctions against financial institutions that do business with the organization.

“Under law, there really is no domestic terror statute,” said John Cohen, a former counterterrorism coordinator for the Department of Homeland Security who served under Republican and Democratic administrations. “While the federal government can designate certain international groups as terrorist organizations, there really isn’t a statutory mechanism to designate a domestic organization as a terror group in a way that would aid the prosecutorial process.”

The vast difference in the authority law enforcement is empowered with to investigate domestic terrorism in comparison to international terrorism has been thrust into the spotlight in recent weeks as authorities grapple with the growing threat of white nationalist violence. The man suspected of opening fire in an El Paso Walmart earlier this month was allegedly driven by anti-immigrant hatred.

Some law enforcement officials and experts argue domestic extremists should be subject to the same scrutiny as supporters of international terrorist groups. Others warn such powers could be abused by the government to imprison those engaged in speech those in power disagree with.

“If it’s a domestic organization, those organizations have a right to free speech and free association,” Schanzer said. “Al Qaeda doesn’t have those rights.”

In an August 1 letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., acknowledged the FBI has no official list of domestic terrorist organizations, but he argued a category of “Anti-1st Amendment Extremists” that “properly encompasses Antifa’s political goals” should be added to the bureau’s public list of ideologies that often lead to domestic terrorism.

Antifa—short for anti-fascist—groups have been operating in the U.S. for years, but they made national headlines around the time of President Trump’s inauguration, when masked protesters destroyed property, scuffled with police, and set a limousine on fire in Washington, D.C. There have been several public confrontations between masked Antifa activists and Trump supporters, right-wing ideologues, and white supremacists across the country since then.

Antifa demonstrators have repeatedly clashed with far-right protesters in Portland over the last three years, including the June event where Ngo was attacked, which was billed as a “Community Self-Defense” rally against the Proud Boys and other far-right groups.

“They were beating me and all this time I could see the steps of the Justice Center,” Ngo told Sinclair Broadcast Group after the incident, during which he suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage. His attackers have not been identified, but Portland officials say the investigation is ongoing.

In addition to the assault on Ngo, Cruz and Cassidy’s resolution cites several incidents where “left-wing activists” have threatened, stalked, and doxxed Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees and offices. An armed self-described Antifa member also set fire to a vehicle outside an ICE detention center in Tacoma, Washington last month before being killed by police.

Critics have complained local police in Portland and elsewhere have allowed Antifa activists to act with impunity, excusing their behavior because the people they are fighting are worse or because their masks make them difficult to identify. Last year, some House Republicans sought unsuccessfully to make it a federal crime for someone wearing a disguise to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate a person exercising their constitutional rights.

Former Antifa protester Gabriel Nadales told Sinclair last month that he supported the group as a teenager but now believes it is “just a violent organization filled with a bunch of thugs that need to be put in jail.”

“I left Antifa because I felt like I couldn’t have an original opinion. Anytime I would question some of the members about some of the things that we did, they would tell me to shut up or get out. So I did,” said Nadales, who is now a conservative activist.

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If Antifa or anyone else engages in violence, they should expect to be targeted by law enforcement, Cohen said, and it fair to question whether their disruptive and sometimes violent tactics are the best way to combat violent white nationalist extremism. He does not see that as fitting a traditional definition of terrorist activity, though.

“If Antifa was going out and beating up white people because they believed all white people were fascist, that would be one thing, but Antifa members are creating counter-protests and using violence to combat public displays or activities by white supremacists,” Cohen said.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Jeffrey Addicott, director of the Warrior Defense Project at St. Mary’s University School of Law, said many Antifa activities are peaceful and protected by the First Amendment, but others do engage in violence against those who disagree with them. Arresting those who do break the law at a given public event may be a less problematic solution than declaring them all to be terrorists.

“Labeling them as a terror group would have far-reaching legal implications, to include the Material Support Act for those that would provide support to Antifa,” Addicott said.

A further complication in the case of Antifa, Schanzer noted, is that it is more of an idea than an organization. There are some local groups that use the name, like Rose City Antifa in Portland, but there is no central leadership or command structure.

“The administration ran into this when they were considering whether to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization,” he said. There are many groups affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood around the world, some of which are legitimate political parties.

Wray made a similar point at a Senate hearing last month in response to a question from Cruz about Antifa violence, stating that Antifa is an ideology rather than an organization and the FBI does not investigate ideologies. When an ideology fuels violent criminal activity, the FBI can and does act.

“We have quite a number, though, I should tell you, of properly predicated investigations of what we categorize as ‘anarchist extremists,’ people who are trying to commit violent, criminal activity that violates federal law, and some of those people do subscribe to what we would describe as to what we would refer to as kind of an Antifa-like ideology,” Wray said.

If designating Antifa a terrorist organization is not a viable legal option, Republicans have sought other aggressive steps from law enforcement as well.

In a letter to Barr and Wray last month, Cruz argued the FBI and DOJ should “open an organized crime investigation” into Antifa and apply the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to prosecute individual members even if they have not engaged in specific criminal acts. Cruz also demanded a federal investigation of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler for “official policies violating Oregonians’ civil rights,” equating his refusal to shut down left-wing protests to officials implicitly accepting violence by the Ku Klux Klan.

“Our Republic depends on free and open participation in the political process. These acts of brazen political violence and intimidation strike at the heart of that process. Given your commitment to the rule of law, I hope you will respond to Antifa’s organized criminal activity, and Mayor Ted Wheeler’s refusal to protect Portland’s citizens from that activity, with all speed and vigilance,” Cruz wrote.

Experts at the Heritage Foundation have also made a case for cracking down on Antifa using organized crime statutes.

“RICO makes it illegal for a person to participate in the affairs of an enterprise that engages in ‘racketeering activities.’ Racketeering activities include crimes like arson, robbery, fraud and money laundering,” Christina Eastman and GianCarlo Canaparo wrote in a FoxNews op-ed last month.

At a time when white supremacists are growing more violent, vandalizing places of worship, and plotting mass shootings, Cohen suggested a debate about Antifa is a distraction from more urgent threats. He argued the government’s time and resources might be better spent empowering law enforcement to go after organizations and individuals planning violent attacks, improving mental health services, and passing a national red flag law to keep firearms out of the hands of high-risk individuals.

“I’m not saying Antifa should be able to do what they do,” Cohen stressed. He added there are already plenty of laws against the activities engaged in by some protesters that lawmakers say they are concerned about, and those laws should be enforced.

“If you destroy property, you should be arrested,” he said. “If you confront a public display of ideological belief, no matter how repugnant, if you use violence to combat that display, you should be arrested.”

If political leaders are agitating for those laws to be enforced consistently, that is one thing. If they are suggesting Antifa should be treated differently than neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, or other domestic extremists, Schanzer said that is wrong and likely unconstitutional.

“Any entity that both advocates for imminent violence in a way that violates the First Amendment standard or is planning, plotting, conspiring to engage in violence, we have a set of legal tools to address that conduct. That applies to Antifa and it applies to white supremacist organizations,” he said.

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