BBQ Beef Topside


Rotisserie Beef Topside

Beef Topside is a joint we eat fairly regularly. I had been thinking for a while about trying this on the BBQ, but it was very much a question of how to cook it.

I have owned the Weber Rotisserie for my 57cm kettle for about 4 months. The main thing that gets cooked is chicken. Commonplace is a full Chicken but we have tried Chicken Kebabs, a Suckling Pig and Ribs so why not try a Beef Topside joint?


The method I used was really simple. I made a marinade which was basically a mix of olive oil, garlic with a little lemon juice. As is standard I got my joint out an hour before I planned to cook and pasted the marinade over the joint. My plan was to also baste the beef joint whilst cooking but it did not need it. You can just salt the beef and it is equally as good.

I typically set my rotisserie up for indirect cooking and stick to this method. Bring the Weber up to around 200°C and just before placing the spit on, drop a couple of wood chunks onto the briquettes or charcoal to create some smoke. For this cook, I used Silver Birch. If you are using gas you can use a smoker box to generate some smoke.

Try to maintain the temperature of your BBQ at around 190-200°C. I was aiming to cook the meat medium so was aiming for an internal temperature of 60°C. If you like it medium-rare, aim for around 50°C. Once it is at temperature take it off and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

The Verdict

The joint I cooked took about 55 minutes to cook and came out really tasty and succulent. There was a slight smokiness to the meat, a hint of garlic but the beefiness of the joint was still the prominent flavour. This will definitely become a regular cook but I think getting it off at a lower temperature is the way to go for me.

BBQ Beef Topside

This is a traditional cut of beef topside cooked on the rotisserie rather than doing it in the oven. This recipe is so simple and delicious!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 Beef Topside Joint
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil (extra virgin)
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (crushed)


  • Get the Beef Topside joint out the fridge about 1 hour before you want to start cooking.
  • In a bowl mix together the Olive Oil, Lemon Juice and Garlic and mix well.
  • Using a basting brush cover the joint with your marinade and allow to sit until ready to cook.
  • Light the BBQ, setting up for indirect cooking and bring the temperature up to around 200°C. Just before you want to cook put a couple of wood chunks onto the coals.
  • Add the spit and start cooking. Monitor the internal temperature until it gets to the required level. 60°C will give you a medium cook.
    BBQ Beef Topside Cooking
  • Once the temperature is reached, remove from the BBQ and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
    BBQ Beef Topside
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Beef, Rotisserie, Sunday Roast

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