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Prime Rib Roast Or Rib Roast?

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 of meat.
Beef Prime Rib Roast
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 carving.
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 Seasoned Salt
3/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 cup water

1 package (0.87 oz.) Brown Gravy Mix
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).

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.