Many families enjoy prime rib for the holidays. At our house, it was always on the holiday table.
Jan Birnbaum, Executive Chef at Epic Roasthouse, a steakhouse on the San Francisco waterfront (great view of the Bay Bridge!), shares this advice so that you, too can cook the perfect prime rib.
START WITH THE BUTCHER
Our favorite cut of beef: prime rib. Photo courtesy Allen Brothers.
Prepare the aromatics: In a mixing bowl, toss the following ingredients until combined:
Waiting to be roasted to perfection. Photo courtesy DeBragga.com.
1. Place the meat ino the oven with the bones facing front and the meaty part of the rib facing the back of the oven. Cook for 35 minutes.
2. LOWER HEAT. Turn the oven down to 350°F and cook for 40 more minutes.
3. TEMPERATURE. Make the temperature of the meat. For accuracy, use a quick read thermometer or digital thermometer and stick the thermometer into the thickest part of the rib.
4. REMOVE PAN. When the thermometer reads 80°F, remove the rib from the oven and allow it to sit out on the counter and rest for at least 35 minutes.
5. SLICE. Move the meat to a cutting board and cut the rack of bones as close to the meat as possible to remove them from the rib.
6. SEPARATE. Separate the rack into 8 individual rib bones, leaving the meat on the end of the bone. Discard the aromatics and cut the fat cap off.
7. Place the rib onto a roasting pan with a rack with the side of the ribs that had the bones.
8. VEGGIES. Add washed vegetables to the pan: blanched creamer potatoes, carrots, baby turnips or other favorite.
9. OVEN. Return the rib to the 350°F oven and cook until a thermometer reads 115°-125° degrees for medium rare, 130°-135° degrees for medium, and 145° for medium well.
SERVING THE PRIME RIB
1. REST. Allow the cooked meat to rest for about 20 minutes.
2. SLICE. lice the rib into slices of desired thickness. Chef Jan recommends cuts of 1-1.5 inches thick (this will yield a 14-ounce slice and will provide 12-14 cuts.)
3. SERVE. Plate with some of the vegetables. You can deglaze the pan juices for gravy (“au jus”).
Do you know your cuts of beef? See them all in our Beef Glossary.
†The export is butcher lingo for a bone-in prime rib with the cap removed (exported) that is used for a standing rib roast.