Sunday, February 12, 2012

Belated Christmas Dinner

Cooking by our friends David and Peggy generally meals making a sandwich or heating up something in the microwave so for the last couple of years we’ve given them a prime rib dinner as a Christmas present and they recently came over for this year’s meal.  Preferring the smoker version, I can’t remember the last time I cooked prime rib in the oven and I’d never used it for the reverse sear method.

I used my normal homemade prime rib rub and applied it about an hour prior to cooking.  To cook, I laid it on a rack over a jelly roll pan, inserted a remote probe thermometer, and popped it in a 220* oven.  Then, I ran into a couple of problems – I misunderstood our meal time and the oven cooks a little faster than the smoker, so the meat was going to be done too early to just wrap in foil and put in a cooler until supper time. 

I tried cutting the oven temp back to 200* and then 175*, but the internal temp kept rising and was soon at my pull temp of 120*.  So rather than using a cooler, at 4 pm, I wrapped it in foil and put it in the toaster oven which I sat on 120* – it wouldn’t do 125*.

Then at 6:00, while we ate our salads, I increased the heat to 140* to rewarm the outside – the inside had gone up to 125* and remained there.  Then at 6:30, I unwrapped, and put it into the 450* oven for about 12 minutes for crust development.

Everything was delicious and the meat still turned out very well although it did have a little more well-done around the outside than normal which probably happened when I raised the temperature in the toaster oven.

We served it with au jus, scalloped potatoes, carrots, asparagus, and garlic cheese biscuits – David and Peggy don’t like the same veggies.

Later on we had chocolate lava cake with ice cream but I failed to get a shot of it.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.

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  1. Looks wonderful....and there is nothing better than prime rib!!

  2. :::sigh
    I'd love to have that plate in front of me for breakfast. :)

  3. Oh, wow. Seriously, wow. I just tried prime rib for the very first time in my life last night and about sighed at the amazing deliciousness of it. We were at an excellent restaurant and I have to say that yours looks every bit as good. I'm in awe, Larry.

  4. Yum---looks delicious, Larry... We love prime rib (especially George)... And those veggies and biscuits look wonderful... I know that David and Peggy LOVED that meal.

  5. This looks like an absolutely delicious meal -- a Christmas present worth waiting for.

  6. What a delicious meal and better late than never ;)

  7. Larry, What a great looking meal! For me, with the bit of well done around the outside and a nice medium rare in the's perfect! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  8. I wish I could come to your house for dinner... I think the prime rib looks wonderful & so do the potatoes, biscuits, & veggies. YUM!

  9. I've experienced the same thing, I swear the oven cooks faster. I chalked it up to a possible oven temp calibration issue...but I never bothered to validate that because I hardly use the oven anyway.

    The roast still looks very good, smoker or not.


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