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How To Cook A Prime Rib Perfectly, 3 Ways

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How To Cook A Prime Rib Perfectly, 3 Ways

Prime rib is full of flavor and is known to be one of the better cuts of beef. Cooking prime rib at home is great for a special occasion or for a family dinner. Although this cut of meat is called prime rib, make sure not to get fooled about the grade of the meat you're buying. If you want prime meat, make sure that it's graded prime by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The name of this cut of meat can easily fool anyone if you're not sure what to look for. Now that you have the meat you want let's take a look at three ways you can cook your prime rib perfectly.


No matter the method you choose to cook your prime rib, you will first need to prepare it. You will want to remove the silver skin from the back of the bones. You can also remove any excess fat around the edges. One of the most important things when cooking prime rib is to make sure it is at room temperature before cooking. So, pull your meat out of the fridge, cut away any undesirable areas, and cover it in a dry rub of seasonings. It will need to sit out on the counter for a few hours to reach room temperature. Allowing it to soak in herbs and seasonings during this time is great for flavor.

Seven pound bone-in prime rib beef roast, uncooked on a white plate garnished with onion, garlic, rosemary and potatoes.
You will need to keep a careful eye on the temperature of your prime rib to make sure it's cooked to the doneness that you like.



Based on how rare or cooked you like your meat, you will need to know these temperatures to cook your prime rib just right. If your prime rib is 120 degrees, it will be rare. 130 degrees is medium rare. 140 degrees is medium. 150 is medium well. Anything above 150 is going to be well done. It's extremely important to note that your prime rib will continue to cook after you've stopped cooking it while it's resting. So, make sure you stop cooking it at a lower temperature than you want it to be.


Once you've prepared your prime rib, heat the grill to 250 degrees. Place it on the grill with the fat side up. Make sure that the prime rib isn't placed on direct heat. Then, close the lid and cook until the internal temperature reaches 110 degrees, this can take around two hours. Turn up the grill to 400 degrees and cook until it reaches your desired temperature. Once complete, remove it from the grill and let it rest for 30 minutes.

  • Preheat the grill to 250 degrees.
  • Place the meat fat side up over indirect heat.
  • Close the lid of the grill and cook until the meat reaches 110 degrees.
  • Turn up the grill to 400 degrees and cook until it reaches the desired temperature.
  • Remove from grill.
  • Allow to rest for 30 minutes before serving.
Homemade bone-in prime rib roast on rustic wooden table
The middle of the prime rib is called the “eye” where the meat is tender and juicy.



To cook your prime rib in the oven, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Make sure that the oven shelves are adjusted accordingly so that the meat will sit in the middle of the oven. Once the prime rib is prepared and seasoned, place it in an oven-safe baking dish. Place it in the oven and cook for 20 minutes. Then, turn the temperature down to 250 degrees and cook for 90 minutes, basting it every 30 minutes. Once it has reached the internal temperature of your choice, remove it and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Arrange the oven so it will sit in the middle.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes at 450 degrees.
  • Then lower the temperature to 250 degrees.
  • Cook for 90 minutes.
  • Baste the meat every 30 minutes.
  • Remove when it's reached your desired internal temperature.
  • Allow to rest for 30 minutes.

Crock Pot

Before fully cooking your rib roast in the crockpot, you'll want to sear it on a skillet first. So, heat oil in a large skillet and sear every side of the meat on high. Once completed, set the prime rib aside, you can cook some onions in this oil for extra flavor, or you can deglaze the pan with a bit of red wine or broth. Cook that for a couple of minutes and save these juices to add to the crock pot. Place the meat and juices in the crockpot and cook on low to three hours. Check the temperature after three hours and cook for any additional time if it's not at your desired temperature. Once complete, remove it from the crockpot and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.

  • Heat oil in a skillet on high.
  • Sear prime rib on all sides.
  • Deglaze the pan with wine or broth.
  • Place meat and pan juices into crockpot.
  • Cook for three hours on low.
  • Check internal temperature and remove or cook until the desired temperature is reached.
  • Remove and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
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