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Country Club Prime Rib Recipe

Country Club Prime Rib

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"Here is how we used to do prime rib at a country club where I cooked 20 at a time every Saturday afternoon."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs

    2 hrs 20 mins


  1. Trim the prime rib roast of excess fat and any connective tissue. Lightly score the entire roast in a criss-cross pattern (about 1/8 inch deep).
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). In a small bowl, mix together the kosher salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Rub the mixture into the roast until it develops a crust. Really pack it on.
  3. Place the roast into a roasting pan, and pour water into the bottom of the pan to 1/2 inch deep. Cover the roast with a lid or aluminum foil.
  4. Roast in the oven for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, then check the internal temperature using a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should be at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Hold the roast in an oven at 200 degrees F (110 degrees C) until ready to carve. Let stand for a few minutes before carving if not holding. Put on your silly white hat, set up the buffet carving station, and watch the hungry people line up!
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 28, 2005

I am a chef also and this is a great recipe for prime rib. I would agree with someone elses review about not covering the meat. Two more good tricks is to cover the meat in the salt and a steak seasoning blend then let set over night to soak in the meat. Then after it is baked and sets about 10-15 min. the salt on top has formed a crust, then you simply remove the salt crust and it will not be as salty. All that flavor goes into the meat.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 28, 2007

If you like institutional buffet food, this is the prime rib recipe for you. I think prime rib is a far too expensive and special a cut of meat to treat this way. This isn't roasting, it's steaming! For a nice medium rare roast, season with salt and garlic, heat oven to 350°F. Place roast, fat side up, in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef, not resting in fat or touching bone. **Do not add water or cover.** Roast 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 hours for medium rare; 2-3/4 to 3 hours for medium doneness. Thermometer should read 115 degrees for rare when you remove the roast from the oven (temperature will increase about 10 degrees while it stands before carving).


43 Ratings

Dec 28, 2003

Please don't spoil a great cut of beef by cooking it like this. It will be either braised or steamed, depending on the amount of liquid you use. Prime rib should always be dry roasted. This may be good, but not nearly as good as dry roasted on a rack, baked slowly. The rub sounds fine, though.

Dec 26, 2006

Read the other reviewer comments below before starting this recipe! Mine is just my story.... OK, I admit, I was dumb, and I did not read the reviews before I started this recipe. Halfway through the cooking process, I took a peek at the roast and was horrified (in a chef/cook sort of way). The meat was grey looking and I couldn't see how it was going to look any prettier in an hour...this was my Christmas meal, and I do like to "present" the meal at the table. So, I panicked and decided to read the other comments to this recipe - I do wish I had done so prior to placing the meat in the oven... silly me. I ended up dumping the water, uncovering the roast, scraping off some of the salt and it came out OK. Some of my guests felt it was a bit salty (especially if you like to eat the crunchy outside of the meat), but I think it was OK -- which is not a good thing with such an expensive cut of meat. If you are consious of the amount of money you spend on a good cut of meat, I would stick with the "tired and true" recipe which one of the other folks who commented recaped for us.

Dec 28, 2003

I wanted to make my man his favorite meat for his birthday and it turned out HORRIBLE. Whoever said all that kosher salt won't make the meat too salty was lying through their teeth. It smelled good but when it came down to it nobody ate more than a couple of bites, not even the dog. I wasted a lot of money on that expensive cut of meat.

Dec 10, 2006

Please do not trim the fat from your rib because you will lose a lot of juice and flavor. The idea of the fat is it 'melts' to continuely baste the meat thoughout the cooking time. This recipe also contains way too much salt. Do not add water to the pan and do not cover the meat at all during the cooking time!

Dec 16, 2004

This was excellent! It was my first attempt at making prime rib so I chose a 3 pound roast and cut the seasonings in half. After reviewing many recipes, I decided to roast the meat uncovered at 500 degrees for 15 minutes followed by 325 degrees until done (about 1 1/2 hours total). I like my meat medium rare so I removed it when it measured 125 degrees in the center(the temperature will continue to rise). I let it rest for 20 minutes and scraped off the excess salt before carving. For the au jus I used a packet mix which was great, however, diluting the scraped seasonings with water would have made a nice au jus too.

Dec 27, 2003

Awesome!!! I've tried some of the other recipes & this is the only one that tasted the way prime rib is suppose to taste. I followed the recipe exactly the way it was written. My family does not go out for prime rib anymore. They just ask me to cook it.


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