Foolproof Holiday Prime Rib

Author Market Street | November 4, 2022

Need a foolproof method to cook your holiday prime rib to juicy, tender goodness? Look no further than the recipe below where we will show you how to get your prime rib to perfection. 

When shopping for your holiday roast, most butchers will recommend serving one pound of meat per person. For the typical 4 rib roast at 8-10 pounds, this means you will be able to feed 8-10 people. However, if your holiday meals are more buffet style or you plan to serve a lot of side dishes, you may want to opt for a smaller roast. At the end of the day, we recommend erring on the side of too much rather than too little food. It is the holidays, after all!

Preheat your oven to 300°F. When cooking your prime rib roast, use a meat thermometer to keep an eye on the internal temperature. Be sure to aim your meat thermometer toward the oven door so you can see it while the oven is still closed. This is important since you don't want to open your oven until the roast has reached the temperature you are aiming for. Here is a list of temperatures you need to get to in order to achieve your desired doneness. While the length of time provided is a good estimate of when your roast will be done, be sure to use the desired temperature as a measure for doneness, not the time.

Rare: 120°F ( 45 min - 1 hour)

Medium rare: 130°F (1 hour - 1 hour 15 min)

Medium: 135°F (1 hour 30 min)

Medium well: 140°F (1 hour 45 min)

Well done: 145°F - 150°F (2 hours)

After pulling out your prime rib roast, let it sit for 15 minutes before slicing into it. This will allow the juices to absorb into the roast and keep it tender and flavorful.

If the busy holiday season starts to make dinnertime a hassle, let us do the work for you! We have cold, ready to heat and fully cooked prime rib holiday dinner options.