How to Cook Prime Rib Recipe
Prime Rib is immensely popular for Christmas and New Years meals. I am always amazed at how many people are intimidated about cooking prime rib for the first time. In actuality, roasting a Prime Rib is very easy. Cook Prime Rib just once, and you will be all but certain to make it an annual holiday meal, if not more often. And, you will wonder what took you so long to make this.
How much to buy? In general, one pound per person bone-in, or 3/4 pound boneless will be sufficient. Consider whether you want left over. An extra pound or two will assure that even the biggest appetites will be satisfied. For most, buying a little extra means leftovers.......Yum.
Selecting the Right Prime Rib
There are different kinds of meat. Grocery stores will carry one grade, and many people do not know there are other grades to choose from. Ask your butcher what grades they carry. For a holiday or special event, you may want the very best.
Bone-in or Boneless Prime Rib
Bone-in is less expensive than boneless Prime Rib, because you are paying for the bone. It is also the most flavorful. Bone-in provides more flavor and juices.
Boneless is easier to cut.
Cooking Tip: We recommend you purchase bone-in. Ask the butcher to cut the bone off, and then tie the bone and meat together. After it is cooked, lift the meat off the bone. Save the ribs for a late night snack. The guys especially like this.
How to Prepare Prime Rib
How to Roast Prime Rib
Cooking Tip: A meat thermometer is an absolute must, for cooking to the perfect degree of doneness.
Prime Rib Doneness - Have it Your Way:
To have your Prime Rib just the way you like it, here is want the internal temperatures will be 1/2 hour after you remove it from the oven:
Rare: 120 - 125 degrees F. Remove from oven at 120 degrees.
Medium-Rare: 130 - 135 degrees F. Remove from oven at 125 degrees.
Medium: 140 - 145 degrees F. Remove from oven at 135 degrees.
Medium-Well: 150 - 155 degrees F. Remove from oven at 145 degrees
Well: 160 degrees F. Remove from oven at 150 degrees.
Cooking tip: Remember, the internal temperatures will tell you how it is done. If you cook it well, the entire roast will be well done. At lower degrees of doneness, the outer slices will be more well done than the inside.
Prime Rib Roasting Times
For planning dinner time, here are the approximate total times for cooking the roast. Remember, it should sit out of the oven for 20-30 minutes after it is done cooking.
2 ribs / 4-5 pounds: 60 - 70 minutes
3 ribs / 6-8 pounds: 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours
4 ribs / 9-10 pounds: 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 hours
5 ribs / 11-13 pounds: 2 1/4 to 2 3/4 hours
6 ribs / 14-16 pounds: 3 to 3 1/4 hours
7 ribs / 16-18 pounds: 3 1/4 to 4 hours
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