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How to Make the Perfect Prime Rib Roast
So easy, so simple, so yummy!
Once in a while I spend a little more time in the kitchen to make one of our favorite meals. Prime rib roast is one of our favorites. Here’s an easy way on to How to Make the Perfect Prime Rib Roast. When I first starting cooking the thought of making prime rib roast seemed overwhelming. It took me a few tries to get the perfect prime rib roast just right, every time. There are a couple of secrets but it’s nothing difficult. Making prime rib roast is actually super easy, simple and uses a few spices you’ll always have on hand. Here are the step-by-step directions to make it look like you’ve been cooking in the kitchen all day.
Always look to see when prime rib roast is on sale and look for a cut that is nicely marbled and has a little cover of fat on top. I chose a cut between 4-6 pounds. This will feed between 4-6 people. If you have time, place the prime rib roast on a plate and let it stand at room temperature for up to 4 hours.
What you’ll need:
Pre-heat your oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C)
4-6 pound Prime Rib Roast
2-4 cloves of fresh crushed garlic or garlic powder
2 tsp Course Sea Salt or salt
2 tsp Proud black peppercorns or pepper
3 tbsp Salted Butter
2 tsp Dried Rosemary
I use salted butter and melt it in the microwave. Using a garlic press I add 2-4 fresh cloves of garlic from our garden. You’re welcome to substitute powder garlic.
I use whole black peppercorns and corse sea salt and grind them in a mortar and pestle. You’re welcome to also substitute ground pepper and salt.
Brush on the butter and garlic mix. Rub on the pepper and salt dry mix and sprinkle on the dried rosemary. This will create a nice crust when roasted. Place the prime rib roast on a shallow roasting pan with the fat-side facing up.
Place the prime rib roast in the oven and roast it for 15 minutes at 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). This will create a nice crust on top and will seal in the juices.
Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (165 degrees C) for the rest of the cooking time. Depending on your oven, cook the prime rib for approximately 15-20 minutes per pound. Check the internal temperature of the meat with a meat thermometer the last 15 minutes of cooking time to reach desired temperature.
Rare – 140 degrees F
Med – Rare – 145 degrees F
Medium – 160 degrees F
Medium Well – 165 degrees F
Well – 170 degrees F
Dinner is almost done. Once your prime rib roast has reached the desired temperature, you’ll need to transfer it to a cutting board and lightly cover it with foil. Wait for 15-20 minutes. This will keep the prime rib roast warm and seal in the juices.
Dinner time! Slice against the grain and enjoy with your favorite side dishes!
There you go! Easy to cook, simple ingredients and perfect every time. The secrets?
It’s important to chose a nice marbled piece of meat with a little fat cover. The fat marbling will keep the prime rib roast nice and juicy. The butter garlic mix will create a nice tasty crust. The roasting or broiling step for 15 minutes at 500 degrees F (260 degrees C) will create a perfect sear on top of the roast giving it a tasty brown crust. The most important of all, is using a meat thermometer. I use one that can be inserted into the meat while cooking and it even has an alarm to let me know when it’s reached the desired temperature. So easy, never over-cooked.
Here is the summarized recipe
- 4-6 pound Prime Rib Roast
- 2-4 cloves of fresh crushed garlic or garlic powder
- 2 tsp Course Sea Salt or salt
- 2 tsp Proud black peppercorns or pepper
- 3 tbsp Salted Butter
- 2 tsp Dried Rosemary
- Choose a 4-6 pound well marbled rib roast with fat. Let stand at room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees (260 degrees C).
- Melt the salted butter and mix in the pressed garlic.
- Brush butter and garlic mixture on the roast, then rub in the salt, pepper mix. Sprinkle on the dried rosemary.
- Place roast on a roasting pan, fat-side facing up.
- Roast in the pan for 15 minutes at 500 degrees (260 degrees C).
- Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- Continue cooking. Approximately 20-25 minutes per pound.
- Using a meat thermometer to check internal temperature until desired temperature is reached.
- Rare - 140 degrees F
- Medium Rare - 145 degrees F
- Medium - 160 degrees F
- Medium Well - 165 degrees F
- Well - 170 degrees F
- Transfer the prime rib roast to a cutting board and cover loosely with foil and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
- Slice across the grain and enjoy!