Standing Rib Roast (AKA Prime Rib): The Perfect Holiday Meal
*I originally posted this in December 2018, but the recipe is still so good. I wanted to re-share it for this holiday season. We all need something a little special at the holidays!
Christmas meals are a big deal around my house. As a kid, we always went to my Papaw and Mamaw’s house on Christmas Eve for a big meal and gifts. After all of our Christmas morning festivities, we would go to lunch on Christmas Day with my Granny and Grandpa. Both of these events had a lot of food because I have a pretty big family. I am so proud to say that I was born into a family of excellent cooks, on both sides, so cooking has always been fun for me. If you are looking for a special holiday treat that is sure to please, give this amazing Cranberry Orange Poundcake a try! It gets raves reviews every time I make it!
Prime Rib Should Not Intimidate You
Even though I am an experienced cook, the thought of making a standing rib roast was a bit intimidating. However, I took a deep breath, decided to trust my friend and give it a try. And guess what? It was so simple and turned out PERFECT! The outside had the perfect sear. And the inside was juicy with impeccable flavor. If you are still wondering what to make for your special holiday meal, let me stop you right there and tell you, get a standing rib roast. It makes the perfect centerpiece and you will love it!
Before You Buy Your Standing Rib Roast (Prime Rib)
- A standing rib roast can contain anywhere from 2 to 7 ribs. Butchers use the same cut of meat to cut ribeye steaks. That explains why it tastes so incredible!
- A standing rib roast is often labeled a prime rib. However, prime is the grade and most standing rib roasts don’t hold the prime grade. All true prime rib is a standing rib roast, but not all standing rib roasts are prime.
- If you have a local butcher, most will cut and tie, so that it makes carving extra easy for you. But if you want it to stand on a platter, you may not want it cut. The flavor is the same either way.
- My butcher of choice is M&M Meatlocker. If you don’t live locally, I would recommend that you find a local butcher near you. I know you can buy things at the grocery store, but trust me when I say it makes a difference to buy from a butcher. The quality is so good and you are supporting a local business, which is super important.
So now for the cooking part! It is so simple and easy. The recipe that I followed is linked here, but I also went ahead and filmed a YouTube video for you that I embedded below. I would love it if you would watch it and let me know your thoughts and if you enjoy a standing rib roast this holiday season! The cooking temperatures and full recipe are below the video for your reference too!
Perfect Standing Rib (Prime Rib) courtesy of Sweet and Savory by Shinee
1 TB kosher salt
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
- The night before cooking, remove the standing rib roast from the package and coat it with the salt. Leave uncovered, in the roasting pan, in the refrigerator.
- Two hours before cooking the roast, remove from the fridge and let it come to room temperature.
- Coat the standing rib roast with the cumin, black pepper and garlic powder mixture.
- Place it in the roasting pan, ribs down and fat up.
- Place roast in a pre-heated oven at 200˚, uncovered.
- Roast for 3.5-4 hours. Keep a watch and use a meat thermometer to reach the appropriate temperature, per the chart below.
- Once temperature is reached, remove from oven and cover with foil. Let stand for 30 minutes.
- Turn the oven up to 500˚. After 30 minutes return roast, uncovered to the oven.
- Keep a careful watch, once the outside is seared and browned (approximately 15-30 minutes) remove and let sit another 5-10 minutes and slice.