To make a beef roast rub, combine 1 tablespoon ground bay leaves, 1 tablespoon ground pepper, 1 tablespoon chopped thyme, 2 teaspoons sweet paprika and 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin in a small bowl. Rub olive oil, 4 minced garlic cloves and the seasoning over a chuck roast.
To make a Santa Maria beef roast rub, combine 4 tablespoons paprika, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon garlic powder and 1 tablespoon white pepper in a small mixing bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon celery salt, 1 tablespoon ground cumin, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1 tablespoon black pepper, 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon ground mustard. The spice rub is enough for a 3-pound beef tri-tip roast. You can make spice rubs in large quantities and store them in the pantry in an airtight container.
You can also update beef roast spice rubs with a variety of spices. Consider adding coriander, granulated onion, dried rosemary or sage to the rub for an aromatic beef roast. After rubbing the beef roast with the spice mixture, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Roast the beef in the oven until a meat thermometer reaches 135 degrees at the thickest point of the roast. Remove the roast from the oven and allow it to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.