But if you're looking for a great option, just turn your back to the ham pile and look to the beef case. You'll find probably the most prized cut of beef in the culinary world, the prime rib. It may be named standing rib roast or something similar, but be assured, that's prime rib.
And this time of year, the prices for this cut can be downright amazing. Watch your local grocery ads. You'll see roasts for as cheap as $5.99 per pound. A 7 pound roast can feed 8-10 people and if there are leftovers, consider yourself lucky. You have the perfect ingredient for awesome sandwiches, stews, or even one of our chilis.
The key to a great prime rib is the slow cooking You MUST have some sort of thermometer inserted into the meat so you know exactly what the temperature is in the middle of the roast. The difference between rare and medium rare is 5 degrees. And the different between that perfect medium rare and a medium that is a little less juicy is also 5 degrees, as you can see in the photo above. So you need to monitor it's temperature constantly. You could use a mechanical thermometer, but that means checking it constantly and who really wants to do that. For the chronically lazy like myself, a digital thermometer is the perfect solution. Most have an alert built in so it will beep as soon as it hits the perfect temp.
So set your thermometer to beep at 122 degrees, then you can pull it from the oven and let the carryover heat take it to just the right temperature.
Perfectly Easy Prime Rib
One 6-7 pound prime rib or standing rib roast
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon thyme
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon sage
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
In a small bowl, add all the spices and the olive oil and stir until combined. Then place the roast on a roasting pan or in a roasting rack inside a 13x9 inch pan. Baste the entire roast with the spice and oil mixture.
Cook the roast in a 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes to give the cooking a kickstart, then reduce the heat to 300 degrees and continue to roast until the internal temperature hits 122 degrees, about 2 - 2 1/2 hours for a 7-8 pound roast. At that point remove it from the oven, place a tent of tin foil over the meat and then lay a couple of dishtowels over the tin foil. This will create a miniature oven so the carryover heat can do it's job.
And now, the most vital part of the process.... patience.
So buy a Prime Rib and cook it for the holiday masses. Just Remember: NO cutting the roast until after it rests or it'll go all Game of Thrones Red Wedding on you.