Allowing your prime rib to come to room temperature will ensure that your roast will cook evenly. When measuring the temperature of the prime rib, make sure that the tip of the insert-read thermometer is placed in the thickest part of the roast, not resting in fat or touching any bone for the most accurate reading.
Prime rib roast is an outstanding centerpiece for your holiday spread. This elegant cut of beef is amazingly tender and moist. At first glance, a prime rib may seem intimidating to prepare due to its size and higher price tag. However, making a prime rib is not tricky and giving the roast additional flavor does not need to be overly complicated. We'll discuss several ways on how to change the flavor of your roast, how to obtain your desired temperature, as well as some delicious side dish options to balance out your meal.
Commonly, a prime rib roast is cooked to rare or medium-rare for optimal tenderness and flavor. Our prime rib roast is cooked medium rare, a temperature of 130 to 135 degrees. The center of the roast will be a notably pink color and become browner the closer towards the exterior of the crust. If you enjoy your meats, rare, medium, medium well or well-done look for the following temperatures when reading your instant-read thermometer:
Prime rib has an amazing flavor all on its own. The rich meat flavor coupled with varying textures between the center and the outer bark create a spectacular display on your palate. There are several ways, however, to add some extra flavor to your star ingredient. Using different spice rubs or creating an au jus to compliment the meat can turn your prime rib into an unforgettable dinner. Here are some ingredients that you can use to create a rub mixture to get you started:
Adding herbs to your prime rib rub create dynamic flavors in the final dish that harmonize incredibly well with the overall meal. Try adding these herbs to your prime rib rub:
Spices create a stronger flavor in your rub. This creates more contrast between the prime rib's crust and the tender meat inside. Here are a few spices that work well in prime rib rubs:
Other possibilities include pistachios and brown sugar. It's possible to marinate a prime rib in red wine to create a unique flavor as well.
Serving your prime rib with au jus, a French term meaning, "with juice" is another classic method you can use to accompany your roast and add some flavor. This light gravy can be prepared quickly while your prime rib rests after cooking, using the prime rib's drippings as well as additional stock. It's possible to add some wine to your au jus as well for bolder flavor.
With such a regal cut of meat, it's important the sides you serve alongside the prime rib are up to par. Here are a few side dish ideas to complete your ultimate prime rib dinner:
Prime rib makes a great dinner option for any holiday or special event. It's a special dish that almost no one regularly eats, making it worthy of a stunning holiday dinner.