Prime Rib Roast with Bearnaise Sauce

Prime Rib Roast with Bearnaise Sauce is so wonderful. I have to admit to loving prime rib roast. I especially love it with my mother-in-law’s special Bearnaise sauce recipe. It is fantastic. EXPENSIVE, yes! Succulent, yes! Extraordinary, yes! Spectacular, yes! Some of the best prime rib you will ever taste, yes, yes, YES!!!

For the first 13 or so years of our marriage (until we moved to New England) this delicious entree was served for every Christmas dinner. Oh, my! It was wonderful. We have not been down to Florida to see John’s parents for Christmas since before we moved to Texas (we’ve visited other times of the year or they’ve come to Texas for Christmas) so we calculate it has been about 18 years since the last time we had this wonderful Christmas meal.

John’s mom always did such a wonderful job on the standing prime rib roast. She seasoned hers with salt and pepper while roasting while John’s sister adds fresh herbs and garlic. The secret of good prime rib is cooking it at a high temperature the first 20 minutes to seal in the flavors and then dropping the temperature to 325 for the remainder of the cooking time. You want to get the internal temperature to about 120-125 degrees depending on how rare or well done you like your meat.

When John’s sister ordered the prime rib she ordered a four-rib roast which is enough for 8 people (quite frankly, it was enough for 10-12 people with multiple servings). She ordered one of the best cuts and had the butcher crack the ribs and retie the roast. As I said earlier this stuff isn’t cheap. It’s about $13 per pound and when your roast is almost 10 pounds — well, you do the math. It is one of those special occasion treats.  I had asked for prime rib specifically so I could post it on my blog and preserve the recipe for our family.

We love this fabulous recipe. I know most of you probably won’t actually try it, but for those of you who do, I’ve tried to include step-by-step pictures so you can see how to prepare this wonderful entree. Bon Appetit! For step-by-step instructions check out this website.

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Prime Rib Roast with Bearnaise sauce is a succulent and delectable cut of meat.

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Here’s the prime rib on a serving platter. While this is an expensive cut of meat, it is so wonderful for special occasions.

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The ends will be well done and the internal part of the roast will be medium rare depending on the internal temperature of your roast.

 

Here’s what I did.

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Preparing the meat: Have the butcher crack the bones of the standing rib roast and retie them. Rinse the blood off the meat and pat dry. To make dry rub: I would normally do this with garlic, but since we had a garlic-hater among our dinner companions we skipped the garlic. I would normally roast 2 whole bulbs of garlic in a 350 oven about 30 minutes. Remove garlic from peel and mash well. We used snipped fresh rosemary and thyme.

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Add salt and pepper and mix all together. If you’re using mashed garlic you would be adding this too.

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Rub all of these ingredients into the roast on all sides. The meat is supposed to “rest” on the counter for an hour to absorb the rub ingredients before roasting. 

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After allowing the beef to rest, add a couple of cups of beef stock into the pan just before placing the roast in the oven. Cook in oven at 450 for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 for about 18-20 minutes per pound for rare to medium-rare roast.

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Here’s a picture of the roast after it’s finished baking. The internal temperature should reach about 125 degrees. You really have to keep checking the thermometer every 15 minutes or so after the meat has been cooking for 2 hours. 

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To cut the roast: Separate the ribs with bones from the meat and slice down as prime rib and serve. You can reheat the ribs and serve alone or with BBQ sauce later if you wish.

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Here’s a look at the internal part of the roast. Slice down the roast with an electric carving knife. We use ours for bread and meats all the time. They are relatively inexpensive and very helpful in getting really straight cuts on the meat so the meat doesn’t look like it’s been hacked due to using inferior, non-sharp knives.

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Slice down the roast. The pieces on the ends of the roast are usually more well done than the ones in the middle.

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Here’s the prime rib on a serving platter. Prime Rib Roast with Bearnaise Sauce is an excellent choice for holiday dinners.

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Here’s Prime Rib Roast with Bearnaise sauce. We love this fabulous sauce served over our prime rib roast. This sauce is so easy it’s made in the microwave!

 

Here’s the recipe.

PRIME RIB ROAST

(Recipe from my mother-in-law, Joan McNally, Largo, FL, and my sister-in-law, DeEtte Amspaugh, Safety Harbor, FL)

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Fabulous, succulent prime rib of beef. This recipe provides "how-to" instructions and a delicious Bearnaise Sauce to serve over the prime rib.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Rinse meat and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Mix rub ingredients: thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper and garlic together.
  3. Rub and press the rub ingredients into the roast on top and sides.
  4. Let roast “rest” on counter for 1 hour before baking to absorb flavors.
  5. Put beef stock in roasting pan with prime rib right before baking.
  6. Bake uncovered, fat-side-up at 450° for about 20 minutes. This sears the meat and enhances the flavors.
  7. Reduce heat to 325° for approximately 18-20 minutes per pound for rare, 22 minutes per pound for medium or 27 minutes per pound for well done.
  8. Baste every 30 minutes or so with the broth in the pan.
  9. After about 2 hours start checking the meat with a meat thermometer.
  10. You are trying to attain an internal temperature of 120°-125° for medium rare.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: The time included does not include the one hour rest time after the dry rub has been applied to the meat.

NOTE: While these pictures do not show garlic (because one of our guests didn't like it) I would normally add garlic to the dry rub.

NOTE: You must have a meat thermometer to determine the proper internal temperature for the meat.

 

[b]Prime Rib Roast with Bearnaise Sauce[/b]
Recipe Type: Beef Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra from my mother-in-law, Joan McNally, Largo, FL and my sister-in-law, DeEtte Amspaugh, Safety Harbor, FL
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
Fabulous, succulent prime rib of beef. This recipe provides “how-to” instructions and a delicious Bearnaise Sauce to serve over the prime rib.
Ingredients
  • 9 ½ -10-lb. standing rib roast (4 ribs broken and retied)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh thyme, snipped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh rosemary, snipped
  • 3 ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 whole garlic cloves, roasted at 350 for 30 minutes, peeled, and smashed
  • 2 cups beef broth
Instructions
  1. Rinse meat and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Mix rub ingredients: thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper and garlic together.
  3. Rub and press the rub ingredients into the roast on top and sides.
  4. Let roast “rest” on counter for 1 hour before baking to absorb flavors.
  5. Put beef stock in roasting pan with prime rib right before baking.
  6. Bake uncovered, fat-side-up at 450° for about 20 minutes. This sears the meat and enhances the flavors.
  7. Reduce heat to 325° for approximately 18-20 minutes per pound for rare, 22 minutes per pound for medium or 27 minutes per pound for well done.
  8. Baste every 30 minutes or so with the broth in the pan.
  9. After about 2 hours start checking the meat with a meat thermometer.
  10. You are trying to attain an internal temperature of 120°-125° for medium rare.
Notes
The time included does not include the one hour rest time after the dry rub has been applied to the meat.[br][br]While these pictures do not show garlic (because one of our guests didn’t like it) I would normally add garlic to the dry rub.[br][br]You must have a meat thermometer to determine the proper internal temperature for the meat.

 

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Here’s a look at this fabulous Prime Rib. Oh, my, with a ladle full of Mom’s delicious Bearnaise sauce we were in seventh heaven!

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Prime Rib Roast with Bearnaise Sauce is gluten free for those with gluten intolerance.

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Wow your guests by making Prime Rib Roast with Bearnaise Sauce for special occasions like Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries.

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