Perfect bone-in Prime Rib of Beef with the Mysterious “Method X”
Perfect prime rib is an easy undertaking if you follow a few key steps. The most important is using an accurate digital thermometer. This is the only way to ensure the desired doneness, which hopefully is a perfectly pink medium-rare, when the flavor and texture are at their best.
This prime rib recipe will work no matter what size roast you’re using. A great rule of thumb is each rib will feed 2 guests. So, a 4 rib roast will serve 8 guests. Cooking time varies with the rib size, you need to verify your oven comes to 500 degrees! Repeat, your roast must be at room temperature for this to work!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 Hours plus initial roasting time.
1 standing beef rib roast (4 to 7 ribs, 9 to 18 pounds)
fresh course-ground black pepper, as needed
kosher salt (or other larger grain, flake-style salt), 1/2 teaspoon per bone
softened butter, 1/2 tbsp per rib of beef
large metal roasting pan with at least 3-inch sides.
1 quart cold beef broth
This method is said to work for any size prime rib. The meat is brought to room temperature (this is critical), and seasoned anyway you like. Then you multiply the exact weight times 5 minutes. For me it was 3.75 x 5 = 18.75 minutes. The roast is cooked at 500 degrees F. for exactly that many minutes. The heat is turned off, and you wait 2 hours without opening the oven door.
Once you remove the prime rib, you’ll be slicing into the juiciest, tenderest, most perfectly medium-rare meat you’ve ever seen.
1. Remove the prime rib from the refrigerator and place in the pan. No rack is needed as the rib bones form a natural rack, and will keep the prime rib off the pan. Rub the entire surface of the cold roast with butter, and coat evenly with the kosher salt and black pepper.
2. Leave the prime rib out at room temperature for 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. When the oven is hot, put the roast in and cook for 20 minutes to sear the outside of the roast. After 20 minutes turn the oven down to 325 degrees F. and roast until the desired internal temperature is reached (see guide below). For medium-rare this will take approximately 15 minutes per pound.
3. Transfer to a large platter, and let the prime rib rest, loosely covered with foil for 30 minutes before serving. Cutting into the meat too early will cause a significant loss of juice.
To Make the “Au Jus” Sauce
While the prime rib is resting, pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the pan and place on the stove-top over medium heat. Pour in the beef broth and whisk into the drippings, scraping all the caramelized beef drippings from the bottom of the pan.
Turn heat to high and cook the sauce for 10 minutes until it reduces slightly. (this is not a gravy, so don’t expect a thick, heavy sauce). Adjust seasoning, strain and serve along side the prime rib. Serve with mashed potatoes (flavored or not) and asparagus or sautéed broccoli raub.
Internal Temperature Guide
Below are the internal temperatures to go by, depending on how done you like your prime rib. Remember, these are the temperatures to remove the beef, and not the final temperature. The roast will continue to cook after it’s removed.
Rare: remove at 110 degrees F. (final temp about 120)
Medium-Rare: remove at 120 degrees F. (final temp about 130)
Medium: remove at 130 degrees F. (final temp about 140)
Here is a classic bbq rub that I really enjoy:
1/3 cup paprika.
1/4 cup brown sugar.
3 tbs black pepper.
3 tbs salt.
1 tbs any specialty salt of your choice.
1 tbs cumin.
2 tsp celery seed.
2 tsp garlic powder.
2 tsp onion powder.
1 tsp cayenne pepper.
I apply a generous amount of the rub and make sure that the whole cut of meat is covered.
Let’s talk about the brisket itself and what to look for when shopping. Beef brisket comes from the chest area of the cow. It is typically a tough cut of meat that requires slow cooking for a tender outcome. A brisket can vary quite a bit in size depending on the size of the cow and how your local butcher is selling his cuts. Some butchers sell the whole brisket, while others will cut it into smaller parts. For the crowd that I usually cook for, I prefer a modest 6-8 pound brisket. There are countless varying opinions on what to look for when buying a brisket, so I will be sticking to what my experience has taught me, as well as what has obtained, for me, the best compliments on the meal. A whole brisket typically has two parts, called the point and the flat. The parts are fairly self-explanatory when you look at a whole brisket. The point is the much thicker, triangular-shaped end, which transitions into the thinner, more rectangular shaped end. Contrary to the opinions of many other chefs, I prefer working more with the flat. There is a lot more fat in the point, which gives plenty of flavor, but if the brisket is untrimmed, there is plenty of fat left on the flat part for great flavor. I have found cooking with the flat to be much more consistent, and the compliments that I have received have been a lot better when I use the flat. The points that I have worked with have a lot of fat throughout the whole cut, which makes for a mushy outcome that a lot of people end up spitting out! Trust me, it’s not fun to spend a good twelve hours or so preparing a meal, only to watch people spitting half of it out on their plate! Don’t get me wrong, I still got compliments on the flavor, but the texture left a little to be desired. I have found smaller, whole briskets that were fairly uniform in thickness, and they turn out great. I try to avoid the humongous briskets where the point is about twice the thickness of the flat. That is where I run into problems. Unless you’re cooking for a very large crowd, you will not need a brisket that big, anyway. Even if you have a large crowd to feed, I would recommend smoking several smaller briskets. They handle much easier and produce a better outcome.
Let’s move on to preparation. This is probably the easiest part of the whole process. You want to start this early enough in the morning, so you have plenty of time for smoking the brisket before supper. I usually smoke a 6-7 pound brisket for about 10 hours. I’ll touch base a little more on this subject later on. I usually do not trim anything off of my brisket unless there are some discolored or dried edges. Go ahead and trim those off. I do not use any marinades prior to smoking a brisket. I use a dry rub and apply it just before I start my fire. Then, by the time I start my coals and let them ash over about halfway, the rub has had about 30 minutes or so to adhere to the brisket. It should look like this:
That’s it! Let it sit and go start your coals!
There are many different smokers, grills, and homemade cookers that you can use to smoke a brisket.
Now is the time to start your charcoal. Once your coals are about halfway through ashing over, and you have good heat coming off of them, go ahead and add some wood to the fire. There are currently six types of recommendable wood that I have used when smoking any type of meat. I have used apple, cherry, hickory, mesquite, sycamore and oak wood. I have had good results smoking with all six of these woods. Hickory, mesquite, and oak produce a nice flavor, but also produces the smokiest flavor of the these woods and you have to make sure to not overdo it when using these types. You can actually get an overbearing smoke flavor that overpowers the meat. I would recommend a fire of about 3/4 charcoal and 1/4 wood when using hickory, mesquite, or oak. My favorite so far is apple or pear wood. While these types are not as easily obtainable (I happen to have two of these trees in my yard that have lost branches – they found their way to my cooker!) it is my favorite to smoke with. Apple or cherry wood produces a mild, desireable smoke flavor. I love the flavor put into the meat when smoking with either of these woods. Typically, any tree that bears fruit will produce a desirable smoke flavor. I usually cut the wood into chunks about 6″ long by 3-4 ” wide.
Cooking the Brisket
Now comes the fun part! Make sure your grill is hot and clean, and go grab the brisket. No matter what type of cooker you are using, make sure that the brisket is not too close the fire. You want to smoke with indirect heat or else the brisket will cook too fast and it will not turn out right. For more ideas on where to place the brisket while cooking, check out BBQ Smoker.
When you place the brisket on the grill, make sure that the fat side is up. What this does is allows the fat cap to melt down through the meat, keeping it moist and adding great flavor. I let the brisket smoke like this for 4 to 5 hours to give it a nice, smoky flavor. Now go grab some heavy-duty aluminum foil or an aluminum pan big enough to hold the brisket. I douse the brisket with some Worcestershire sauce and then pour a couple of beers on it. Beer will add flavor and moisture. Alcohol tenderizes meat, so this will help the texture as well. Now make sure the brisket is covered well and let it cook for another 5 to 6 hours.
If you have kept your heat around 225-250 degrees this whole time, you should come out with a tender, great-tasting brisket that pulls apart with a fork. The brisket should be noticeably tender after cooking for about 8 hours. I would recommend checking it at this point. If it still seems pretty tough, you need to get your heat to around 300-325 degrees for the remaining two hours.
If you are cooking your brisket in an oven, make sure you have a pan with a lid on it and a rack to keep the meat from swilling around in the juices. Put your rub on the brisket, put it on the rack in the pan with the fat side up, and let it set for about 30 minutes to let the rub adhere to the meat. Next, pour a couple of beers on the brisket and cook it covered for about 8 hours or until desired tenderness at around 225-250 degrees. Add a bottle of Worcestershire sauce about halfway through cooking.
That’s it! You now know how to smoke a beef brisket! I hope you enjoy this brisket recipe. Serving Suggestion:
Barbecue Eye Round on Mashed Turnips and Potatoes with Roasted Brussels sprouts
The lean eye of round simmers in bottled barbecue sauce, giving it plenty of time to absorb the flavor. Potatoes and Brussels sprouts added to the beef make this a low-fat, yet satisfying, meal. Perfectly seasoned, potato and turnips and roasted sprouts add nothing but taste and texture to this dish. Tender, full layers of exotic flavor to guide your dining experience to new levels. Accompanied by a side salad, a meal definitely worth making!
1 (3-lb.) eye round beef roast, fat trimmed
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons olive oil
2-1/2 pounds onions, cut into 1/3-inch-thick slices
2 celery ribs, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 bottle (18 oz.) chipotle or regular barbecue sauce
2 pounds turnips, peeled, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
3/4 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon horseradish sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1-1/4 pounds Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch thick slices
1 Rinse beef and pat dry. Sprinkle with cumin. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a heavy 6- to 8-quart pot over moderately high heat, until hot but not smoking. Add beef and brown, turning, until golden brown on all sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
2 Add onion and celery to same pot; cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until onion is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring 1 minute. Transfer half of onion mixture to a bowl; reserve. Add half of barbecue sauce and 1 cup water to onion mixture in pot; stir, scraping up any browned bits on bottom of pot.
3 Return beef to pot; cover with reserved onion mixture and remaining barbecue sauce. Bring to a simmer and cover. Simmer, stirring occasionally, adding 1/2 cup water toward end of cooking time if sauce begins to stick to bottom of pot, until meat is very tender, about 3 hours.
4 Meanwhile, place turnips and potatoes in a 4-quart saucepan, cover with cold water by 2 inches and bring to a boil over moderately high heat; add salt. Simmer until very tender, about 20 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid and drain vegetables in a colander. Return to pot with reserved cooking liquid and the milk. Mash with a handheld potato masher until smooth. Stir in horseradish sauce and parsley. Keep warm, covered.
5 While vegetables are cooking, preheat oven to 425 degree F and arrange rack in lower third. Toss together Brussels sprouts and remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large shallow baking pan; season with pepper. Roast, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and keep warm, covered.
6 Remove beef from sauce and cut into thin slices. Spoon some onion mixture onto serving plates, top with a mound of mashed turnips and potatoes, then slices of beef and more onion mixture. Serve Brussels sprouts on the side. Makes 10 servings.
City chicken is an entrée consisting of cubes of meat (usually pork), which have been placed on a wooden skewer (approximately 4-5 inches long), then fried and/or baked. Depending on the recipe, they may be breaded. The dish is popular in cities throughout the eastern Great Lakes region of Ohio and Michigan as well as the northeastern Appalachian regions of Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, and at least as far south and west as Louisville, Kentucky. City chicken is commonly found in the metropolitan areas of Binghamton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Erie, Pittsburgh and Scranton, hence, the dish’s ‘urban’ title.
Pork is the base meat in the common versions of the dish, although recipes vary regionally. For example, Pittsburgh-area preparations are almost always breaded and usually baked, while in Binghamton, the meat is usually marinated, battered and then deep fried. The Cleveland version is generally baked without breading, but the meat is dredged in flour, browned in a pan, then finished in the oven, and served with gravy. My personal favorite is the way my Mom would make it, alternating beef and pork cubes on the skewers. Grocery stores in both in the Greater Cleveland area as well as those in the Pittsburgh metro area include wooden skewers with pork cubes specifically packaged as city chicken. In Ottawa, Canada, at least one variation involves skewers of three kinds of meat: pork, veal and beef. Another Canadian variation, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was composed entirely of veal.
18 5 inch wood skewers
Cut into 1 X 1 1/2 inch pieces:
1 pound top sirloin steak
1 pound veal steak
1 pound pork steak
Sprinkle them with salt, pepper
Arrange the veal and pork, and beef cubes alternately on 9 skewers. Roll the meat in flour.
Melt in a skillet 1/4 cup shortening (I like bacon fat here. It just tastes better)
Add 1 tablespoon minced onion (optional)
Brown meat well. Cover the bottom of the skillet with heated stock. Put a lid on the skillet and braise the meat over mdeium heat until it is tender. Thicken the gravy with flour ( four tablespoons to one cup of stock.) If preferred, the skillet may be covered and placed in a slow oven 325 degrees F. Until the meat is tender. Serve as shown or with wide egg noodles, or rice.
Crock pot pot roast
2 pounds boneless beef roast
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, quartered
16 baby carrots
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
4 russet potatoes peeled, and quartered
1.In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute the roast in the oil for 15 minutes, or until all sides are well browned. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside. (optional, Not neccessary to do, or may be done at night and just added to the crock pot in the morning with all the other ingredients)
2.Place the onion, carrots, garlic, potaotes and parsley in the bottom of a six quart slow cooker. Place the roast on top of the vegetables and pour the soup over the roast and the vegetables.
3.Cover the slow cooker and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.
4.Transfer roast to a serving platter and place the vegetables around it. Pour the roast gravy from the slow cooker into a gravy boat.