As Head Butcher and Meat Buyer, I always search out the best possible products that I can bring to our guests at Bi-Rite for their seasonal celebrations. This year, I selected prime rib from Five Dot Ranch, producers of some of the finest pasture-raised beef in California.
What makes prime rib from Five Dot so special is that they strike the perfect balance between grass feeding and grain finishing. Starting cattle on grass and pasture-raising allows the animals to develop a rich beef flavor and to grow at a natural pace. Grain finishing creates the ideal amount of marbling, for a buttery mouth feel and texture. It’s the best of both worlds, like Jay-Z and R. Kelly.
Five Dot is also committed to natural raising practices. Their beef is always 100% free of antibiotics and added hormones. They have been practicing low-stress handling and holistic management of their herd for almost fifteen years.
I recommended a serving size of roughly 1-1.5 lbs raw weight per person. And I am pleased to share this exceptional beef at a value price–normally $18.99 per pound, we’re offering it for the holiday season for just $15.99 per pound.
Prime rib is fairly straightforward to prepare. All that is required is some patience and a meat thermometer to cook it to perfection! Don’t forget to always check the temperature while cooking. I’ve provided some instructions below for cooking, carving, and making flavorful pan sauces.
I and the other Butchers at Bi-Rite are always here to answer your questions, prepare your meat to your specifications, and discuss preparation techniques. We look forward to sharing this wonderful prime rib with you and your guests! Happy Holidays!
How to Cook Prime Rib
1. The night before you plan to serve the roast, remove it from the wrapping and season liberally with salt. Allow the roast to air dry uncovered on a rack in the refrigerator overnight.
2. The next day, remove roast from refrigerator at least one hour, and up to three hours, before you plan to begin cooking. It is important for the roast to be near room temperature when it hits the oven in order to achieve even cooking.
3. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees. Place roast, bone side down, on a rack in a roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer into center portion of roast, being careful not to touch the bone.
4. Cook slowly until internal temp on meat thermometer reaches 120 degrees for medium rare, 125 degrees for medium.
5. Remove roast from oven and tent loosely with foil. Reserve all pan juices from roasting pan and set aside to make a pan sauce. Wipe out roasting pan.
6. Increase oven temperature to 500 degrees/broil. When oven is very hot, uncover roast and return to oven. Cook until a crispy, brown crust has formed, 6-10 minutes.
7. Remove roast from oven and transfer to a large plate. Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 30-45 minutes.
How to Carve Prime Rib
Stand the roast upright, holding the bones with your free hand. Using a long thin-bladed carving knife, cut down between the bones and the meat, following the natural curvature as closely as possible. Once you reach the bottom, fold the bones out and cut through the last bit to remove them completely. Place the (now) boneless piece of meat on a cutting board, with the bone side down. Using your free hand, hold the roast steady and carve thin, even pieces. Carve only as many slices as you plan to eat right away; slice more as needed.
Don’t forget about the bones! There is lots of delicious meat in-between the bones that is great for eating or can be used in your pan sauce.
Making a Pan Sauce
Pan sauces are versatile, with endless flavor combinations.
1. After removing meat from pan, add more oil/fat (if necessary), onions, & garlic.
2. Deglaze the pan – add liquid and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom.
3. Bring liquid to a simmer and reduce by half of its volume.
4. Season any way you like:
Asian – broth, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, scallions, lime
Wine – onions, garlic, thyme, red wine, mushrooms
Caper – capers, shallots, white wine, lemon juice
…or just with salt & pepper!
5. Finish with a pad of butter (optional) and serve alongside meat.