The name Prime Rib means that it comes from the beef rib section,
which contains the most connective tissue, and the word "prime" is generally the top or highest grade of meat and contains
the most marbling effect, both of which make it the most juicy and tender meat cuts.
Because beef rib cuts are more tender, "dry heat" roasting
is preferred. This means you do not cover or add liquid which is called "moist heat" cooking, used to tenderize tougher cuts
1 prime rib ( about 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. per. person
2 to 3 tablespoons peppercorn
1 tablespoon coarse salt
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. dried basil
Have the butcher remove the chine bone, separate the meat from the ribs and tie back
together with string. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. In mortar with pestle, crush peppercorn, garlic, salt and herbs.
Place roast fat side up, bone side down in a shallow baking pan and insert meat thermometer
into center of roast, being careful that pointed end of thermometer does not touch bone. When meat comes to room temperature,
rub with peppercorn mixture and cook 25 to 30 minutes to sear. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and continue cooking approximately
14 to 15 minutes per pound or until desired temperature is reached (less 5 degrees).
When beef is done, place on warm large platter and let stand 10 to 15 minutes for easier
The final temperature for rare will be 130, medium rare 135 and 140 for medium. Remember
too, that the placement of the thermometer can greatly affect the done-ness of the meat vs thermometer temperature.
There are several methods for cooking a beef rib roast.
There is the slow method where the oven temperature is set around 200 to 225 degrees and the meat is cooked at a rate of 23
to 24 minutes per pound. This method is common where large upright ovens are used.
The second and probably the most
popular is using a medium heat of 325 degrees and cooking for 17 to 20 minutes per pound. Another method, which I like the
best, is a searing method where the roast is cooked at 450 degrees for
25 to 30 minutes and then at 325 degrees for 13 to 15 minutes per pound or until the meat thermometer reaches 5 degrees under
desired temperature. This is because the internal temperature will continue to rise about 5 degrees after it is removed from
the oven. Remember, if the meat thermometer is placed properly it will tell you when your roast is ready.
Herbed Beef Rib Roast
1 (6 lb.) first cut rib roast, well trimmed
4 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
2 teaspoons Season-All
3/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 cup water
FAMILY STYLE BEEF GRAVY:
1 package (0.87 oz.) Brown Gravy
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup beef drippings
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place meat on rack in shallow roasting pan. Combine next
3 ingredients and press evenly into surface of meat.
Roast, uncovered, 20 minutes per pound or until internal temperature
reaches 145 degrees F. for medium rare or 160 degrees F. for medium. Add water to baking pan after 1 hour of bake time to
use for drippings.
Remove roast from oven and transfer to platter or carving board. Let stand 10 minutes before carving.
Serve with Family Style Beef Gravy (recipe below).
FAMILY STYLE BEEF GRAVY:
In a medium saucepan, combine
Brown Gravy Mix with flour. With a whisk, gradually stir in 1 1/2 cups water and beef drippings. Bring to a boil over medium
heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.