Roast Prime Rib of Beef
It's preparation is not difficult, but the details vary and can be a little critical. Each cut of meat is different and each home oven varies. Each precaution you execute in cooking your roast increases the quality of the final dish.
- prime rib roast (you choose the size, but at least a two rib roast)
- 1 - 4 c
- kosher, rock or coarse sea salt (dependent upon the size of the roast)
- 1 c
- white wine
- 1 can(s)
- beef broth
- balsamic vinegar (optional)
Finally, and most importantly, I highly recommend using a good remote electronic meat thermometer. NOTHING takes the work out of roasting beef, pork, turkey, venison, etc. than a remote electronic meat thermometer. It also cuts down on opening the oven and losing valuable heat and potentially burning yourself (yes, I've done this too many times).
Preheat your oven to 450°F
Mist down the roast with balsamic vinegar or water.
Gently place the roast bone side down in an appropriately deep sided roasting pan (1"-2").
105°F For an ultra-rare piece of meat.
110°F For a red and rare piece of meat.
115°F For a medium-rare piece of meat.
120°F For a piece of meat that is "done".
This is prime rib and anything above 120°F at this point is going to end up tough and dry.
Carefully, lift the roast from the pan trying not to dislodge any of the salt. Place the meat on a tray or plate and using a pastry brush remove and discard all the salt from the roast.
Move the roast onto a sheet of aluminum foil and cover with another piece of aluminum foil. Seal the entire roast in the aluminum foil and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Keep the thermometer in it as the temperature will continue to increase. I find 10 degrees to be ideal. If it climbs faster or too high, unwrap it from the foil.
Remove and discard any visible salt from the drippings in the roasting pan.
Place the roasting pan over a burner set on high. When pan and juices are hot, add the white wine to the pan and deglaze. Be sure to scrape up any bits of meat or crust stuck to the bottom of the pan.
When the wine evaporates, add the beef broth bring to a boil then lower the heat to a simmer and continue simmering until the mixture is reduced by half. Remove the pan from heat. Reserve the juice in a bowl or gravy boat.
Remove the chine bones in one slice by cutting just behind them. (These are the small, diagonally positioned bones on the wide end of the roast. Save these for picking at later as the meat surrounding them is tender and delicious!)
Slice the roast into desired serving sizes, plate and drizzle with juices.