Perfect Garlic Prime (Thyme) Rib

A few holidays ago, we made Garlic Prime Rib. It was really tasty.  Last year, I found the food blog Serious Eats, and their Perfect Prime Rib. I haven’t actually made the Perfect Prime rib recipe, but the science is sound.

For Christmas this year, I’ve decided to combine the best of both worlds: the flavor of the Garlic Prime Rib, and the cooking method of the Perfect Prime Rib.

So I present to you, the Perfect Garlic Prime (Thyme) Rib.

Here’s what our roast looked like this year:

(Astute observers will note that the package says nearly 17 lbs. We didn’t serve the entire thing. I cut off one rib to save for another time, for reasons explained below.)

And here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
6.5 kg Choice-grade standing rib roast1, 2 (labeled at Costco as “Beef Rib Whole Bone In Vacuum Packaged”)
25 cloves of garlic
5 Tbsp olive oil
4 Tbsp sea salt
2 Tbsp ground black pepper
2 Tbsp dried thyme

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to lowest possible temperature, 150°F or greater (some ovens can’t hold a temperature below 200°F).
  2. Season the rib side of the roast with 2 Tbsp of salt
  3. Combine the garlic, olive oil, remaining sea salt, pepper, and thyme in a food processor, or small chopper3.
  4. Spread the mixture over the fatty side of the roast.
  5. Place the roast, garlic side up, on a rack in a large roasting pan.
  6. Put in the oven and cook until the center of the roast registers 120°F. In a 150°F oven, this will take around 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours. In a 200°F oven, this will take 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
  7. Remove roast from the oven and cover with aluminum foil to rest.
  8. Crank the oven to it’s highest setting, at least 500°F
  9. 10 minutes before serving, place the roast back in the oven, and cook until crisp and well browned, 6-10 minutes.
  10. Remove, carve, and serve.

Notes:

  1. I generally aim for about 1 lb, or 0.5 kg of meat per person when I’m looking at a bone-in roast. (Boneless, I go for about a half pound or 250g of meat per person.)  In this case, the roast was about 14 lbs., which was a bit on the high end.  Fortunately, it worked out. We had 10 adults, 3 kids, and only two slices of leftovers.  I’ll chalk it up to my brother-in-law who had multiple servings.
  2. In this case, my roast had 7 bones.
  3. I use the Cuisinart SmartStick with the chopper attachment.

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day to everyone. And for those of you who prefer, Happy Singles Awareness day. I know I talked to Andy tonight, and that’s what he’ll be celebrating. In any case, call someone you love and tell them. And yes, it’s OK to call your parents and your siblings.

By the way, I know that no one on the outside can see it, but I think it’s rather apropos that this post has ID number 14, don’t you?