Prime Rib is a family favorite for the holidays.  It is a Christmas treat for my family.  Often people tell me they are afraid to cook a prime rib because they are so fancy and elegant.  Don’t worry!  It is nearly impossible to mess it up.  Roasting to perfection is easy with this beautifully marbled, tender cut.  As with any meat, an accurate thermometer is a must!  The whole prime rib roast weighs 14-18 pounds.  You may order a section cut from the small or large end.  The small end is leaner, less marbled than the large end, but equally tender and flavorful.  The prime rib is available boneless, although the bones give more flavor and convey the heat better into the roast.  Keller’s prepares the rib roasts by removing the chine bones.  The ribs are lifted (cut away from the meat) and tie on, to make carving easy.  We recommend that you allow at least one pound per person (extra if you have big eaters or would like leftovers). 

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees F.  Place the roast, fat side up, bones down, on a rack in an open roasting pan.  Season to taste.  I recommend garlic, onion salt, black or red pepper.  Keller’s carries a delicious Prime Rib seasoning that I love to use.  Insert a meat thermometer so the bulb reaches the center of the thickest part, being sure it does not rest in fat or bone.  Do not add water.  Do not cover.  Roast at 500 degrees Fahrenheit only for fifteen minutes then reduce the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  Do not open the oven for the first 45 minutes!  Remove the roast from the oven when the meat thermometer registers 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit for rare (approximately 25 minutes per pound); 130 to 135 degrees for medium rare; 135 to 140 degrees for medium (approximately 30 minutes per pound); 150 to 155 degrees for medium-well and 165 to 170 degrees for well done (approximately 35 minutes per pound).  The meat will continue to cook after removal from the oven about 5 degrees.  Before carving, remove the strings with a sharp knife. 

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