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The Ultimate Feast: Prime Rib

The iconic centerpiece- the prime rib.  Revered for its succulence, marbling, and rich flavor, the prime rib roast is not just a dish; it’s a culinary creation, a showstopper that commands attention and admiration. So, what’s the story behind the prime rib roast? Let’s embrace the tradition, the artistry of preparation, and the significance it holds in transforming an ordinary Christmas meal into an extraordinary feast. Welcome to the world of the prime rib roast- a Holiday Tradition!

Christmas, the most special occasion.  The big show, one for the books, the most wonderful time of the year!  It’s more than just presents, it’s that feeling of home, the cozy embrace of family and friends.  Such a momentous celebration deserves a momentous meal for Christmas dinner.  Save this recipe card for years to come, I assure you, this is the best prime rib recipe you will find.  

Growing up, there wasn’t much better than gathering at my grandparents for Christmas.  Everybody together, all of the kids and looking forward to the presents, because we all know that grandma’s give the best presents.   And of course, the smell coming from the kitchen.  Christmas dinner was always my favorite meal of the year, I’m not much of a turkey or ham gal.  No, the holiday season is meant for a show stopping prime rib.  An ideal piece of meat for large family gatherings because your end pieces are more done while the middle is a perfect medium rare.  The entire meal is really a masterpiece, the sides, the desserts and of course the time well spent together.  

How do you look for the most delicious prime rib?  It really comes down to two options- a bone in ribeye roast or a boneless roast.  You’ll want to take into account a few items, such as cooking time, cooking method, the amount of and people served.  

The recommended serving size for prime rib per person can vary based on factors such as the overall menu, side dishes, and personal preferences. However, as a general guideline, you can estimate the following:

  • Bone-In Prime Rib: Plan for about 1 to 1.5 pounds (0.45 to 0.68 kg) per person. This allows for the weight of the bones, and a bone-in roast tends to yield more flavor.
  • Boneless Prime Rib: If you’re serving a boneless prime rib, you can plan for approximately 0.75 to 1 pound (0.34 to 0.45 kg) per person.

It’s always a good idea to consider the appetites of your guests and whether you want leftovers. If you have a side-heavy menu or a variety of other protein options, you might lean towards the lower end of these estimates. On the other hand, if prime rib is the main attraction, you may want to ensure a bit more per person.

Additionally, it’s crucial to account for factors like the size of the roast, the level of doneness, and the presence of other main course options. Ultimately, these estimates provide a starting point, and you can adjust based on your specific circumstances and preferences.

How do I prepare a delicious prime rib?

Step 1: Selecting the Perfect Prime Rib

Begin by selecting a high-quality prime rib roast. Opt for a well-marbled cut, as the marbling contributes to the rich flavor and tenderness of the meat. Ensure that the roast has been properly aged for enhanced taste and texture.

Step 2: Preparing the Rub

Create a flavorful rub by combining diced, onion, diced garlic, salt, black pepper, and a heavy dose of butter in a small bowl.  We like a classic prime rib and prefer to heavily season in classic flavors

Step 3: Preparing the Prime Rib

Take your prime rib out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for about an hour. This ensures even cooking throughout the roast. Preheat your oven to the desired temperature (usually around 425 degrees and reduced to between 250 to 300 degrees).

Step 4: Applying the Rub

Generously rub the season mixture over the entire surface of the prime rib. Ensure that the flavors penetrate every nook and cranny for an even and delectable taste. The softened butter in the rub will aid in creating a crispy, flavorful crust.

Step 5: Roasting in the Oven

Place the prime rib on a rack in a roasting pan, fat cap side up. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the roast, making sure it doesn’t touch the bone. Roast in the preheated oven until the thermometer reads your desired level of doneness (internal temperature of 135 degrees for medium-rare).  A general rule of thumb is to roast at high heat for 20 minutes to create that flavorful crust, then reduce the oven temperature to allow the ribeye roast to slow roast at a much lower temperature.  

Step 6: Resting the Roast

Once the prime rib reaches your preferred level of doneness, remove it from the oven and let that prime rib rest. Allow the roast to rest for at least 20-30 minutes. Resting time is a crucial step lets the juices redistribute throughout the meat, ensuring a juicy and tender result when sliced.

Step 7: Making Au Jus

While the prime rib is resting, use the drippings in the roasting pan to prepare a simple and flavorful au jus. Deglaze the pan with beef broth, scraping up any browned bits for added depth of flavor from the bottom of the roasting pan.

Step 8: Carving and Serving

Finally, carve your prime rib into thick, succulent slices, and serve with the au jus on the side. Pair it with your favorite sides like mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and bread for a complete and unforgettable feast.

Prime Rib

The iconic centerpiece- the prime rib.  Revered for its succulence, marbling, and rich flavor, the prime rib roast is not just a dish; it's a culinary creation, a showstopper that commands attention and admiration. So, what's the story behind the prime rib roast?  let's uncover the tradition, the artistry of preparation, and the significance it holds in transforming an ordinary Christmas meal into an extraordinary feast. Welcome to the world of the prime rib roast—a culinary tradition, a symbol of abundance, and an embodiment of the joy found in sharing exceptional meals with those we hold dear, the perfect prime rib roast.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Equipment

  • 1 Roasting pan or dutch oven

Ingredients
  

  • 6-10 lbs Prime Rib Roast think 1 lb per person
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted butter softened, not melted
  • 2 tbsp Coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp Black pepper
  • 1 cup Sliced onion
  • 4 cloves Sliced garlic

Instructions
 

  • Ensure prime rib completely defrosted and has come to room temperature.
  • Rub softened cutter all of the outside of the prime rib.
  • Add sliced onions and garlic to the bottom of the roasting pan or dutch oven.
  • Season all sides of the prime rib well with salt and pepper, add more as needed depending on the size.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Roast covered for 20 minutes to create a crust, if the roast is smaller, check often to ensure it does not burn.
  • Lower oven to 250 degrees and cover prime rib roast. Roast for 2 to 4 hours depending on size. For medium rare, ensure an internal meat thermometer reaches 132 degrees.
  • Allow prime rib to rest for roughly 20 minutes.
  • Use pan drippings to make a au jus to serve along side the prime rib.
  • Slice each piece and enjoy!
Keyword Prime Angus Beef

Elevate your holiday dinner with this timeless recipe, and savor the applause from your delighted family and friends as they indulge in the perfection that is a beautifully roasted prime rib.

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