Standing Rib Roast: The Ultimate Roast Beef Experience

Standing Rib Roast, also known as Prime Rib, is widely regarded as the best roast beef in the world. Its succulent texture and superior taste make it a favorite among meat enthusiasts. At Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, we believe in using a safe, simple, yet highly effective roasting method that ensures the beef is cooked to perfection.

The Mistake to Avoid

The biggest mistake people make when cooking Prime Rib is not accounting for the fact that beef continues to cook as it rests. If you pull the roast out of the oven at the target internal temperature for medium rare, it will rise further while resting, resulting in medium doneness. To preserve that sought-after blushing pink throughout the meat, it is crucial to remove the roast from the oven slightly before reaching the desired temperature.

Beef Standing Rib Roast (Prime Rib) medium rare with slice cut, showing the inside

Choosing the Best Standing Rib Roast

The quality of the beef directly impacts the eating experience. While there isn’t a consistent grading system in Australia like the USDA’s grading system in the United States, it is advisable to source your standing rib roast from a local butcher for guaranteed quality. Whether you prefer grass-fed or grain-fed is a personal choice, with grass-fed offering a richer flavor and grain-fed providing better marbling for a fattier taste. For an exceptional dining experience, consider opting for dry-aged beef.

Making the Perfect Standing Rib Roast

When it comes to cooking a prime rib, simplicity is key. Start by slathering the beef with a blend of herb and garlic butter, which adds a beautiful golden crust to the roast. Preheat the oven to a high temperature to create a crust and seal in the juices, then reduce the temperature for slow and even cooking. For medium rare doneness, the target internal temperature upon removal from the oven should be around 51°C / 123.8°F. The roast will rise to the perfect medium rare temperature of 56-58°C / 133-136.4°F while resting.

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Overhead photo of Beef Standing Rib Roast (Prime Rib), ready to be carved

Creating an Unforgettable Red Wine Sauce

To complement the prime rib, we recommend serving it with a rich and flavorful Red Wine Sauce. Utilize the drippings from the beef to make this classic sauce by simmering beef broth and red wine in the same skillet. The reduction process intensifies the flavors, resulting in a savory and aromatic sauce. If desired, you can add cornflour to thicken the sauce, though traditional red wine jus is typically served runny.

Accompaniments for Prime Rib

For a truly indulgent experience, consider pairing your Prime Rib with Paris Mash, ultra-rich and creamy mashed potatoes. Alternatively, Potatoes au Gratin offers an elegant French potato side option, while Cauliflower Cheese provides a British roast dinner classic. For a touch of green, Garlic Sautéed Spinach is a classic steakhouse side that complements Prime Rib beautifully.

Overhead photo of Beef Standing Rib Roast (Prime Rib), ready to be served

The Perfect Sunday Supper

Imagine the moment when you carve into thick slices of blushing pink Standing Rib Roast, boasting a golden herb and garlic crust. The tenderness and juiciness of the meat are unparalleled, and when paired with the delectable Red Wine Sauce, every bite becomes an unforgettable experience. The combination of flavors and textures creates the perfect Sunday supper, leaving you satisfied and delighted.

At Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, we take pride in providing you with expert advice and recipes to empower you in the kitchen. So why wait? Elevate your next special occasion with our Standing Rib Roast recipe and create a memorable dining experience for your loved ones. Visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for more mouthwatering recipes and cooking inspiration.

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Originally published 30 November 2018. Post regularly reviewed and updated if necessary. Last updated December 2021.