Spices that go well in a marinade for roast beef include parsley, cloves, ground mustard, garlic, dried herbs such as rosemary, thyme and tarragon and salt and pepper to season. A good marinade for beef consists of an acid-based liquid such as vinegar, lemon juice or wine and an oil along with herbs and spices. Almost any complementary herbs and spices can be used in order to marinate, tenderize and flavor roast beef, depending on the flavor profile desired.
In order to create a flavorful marinade for roast beef, choose complementary acidic ingredients and the herbs and spices that will be used. For the marinade base, combine the liquid ingredients and add the spices to the liquids, shaking well before pouring over the beef.
In order for the roast beef to fully absorb the flavor of the spices, cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. One tablespoon of spices should be added for every one cup of liquid for best results. Dried spices are more potent so one teaspoon is sufficient.
Spices for marinades can be experimented with to discover favorite blends. For beef, classic spices include basil, bay leaves, chili, cilantro, curry, cumin, garlic, marjoram, oregano and sage.