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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Prime Rib Roast (Grilled)

Prime rib is cut from the rib section of the beef. It is an extremely tender cut of meat that tends to be on the little more expensive side. Prime rib is generally cut into roasts or steaks. Our local No Frills had prime rib roasts and prime rib steaks on sale for $4.88 per lb. My husband brought home a roast that weighed in at about 4 lbs just under $20. Now that sounds expensive for a roast but considering what we did with it it wasn't.

preparing prime rib roasts for grillingPreparation

The prime rib roast (1) could have easily be cut into 4 generous steaks. At that price the steaks would have cost $5 each. In comparison to eating out this is still one heck of a bargain!

Instead of cutting into steaks we cut into what essentially could be considered two smaller roast (2) or two large steaks. A heavy cleaver was a good choice for cutting the prime rib roast in almost half. The reasoning behind this was to use one smaller prime rib roast for dinner and the other one for lunches for the rest of the week.

What is really different about cooking a prime rib roast is using a grill. Now if you think about it prime rib is meant to be cooked almost blue, seared on the outside but rare on the inside. You really need a hot grill (3) for this one!

grilled prime rib roastsGrilled Roasts

Each of the prime rib roasts will easily feed two people with enough left-overs for lunch the following day. The prime rib roasts were quite thick so cooking this way on the grill was can be a bit of a challenge. We've cooked them this way before so it was not really a challenge for us. What is very important is a high heat while controlling the possibilities for any flare-ups. Flare-ups will cause charring, something that is not desirable. A hot grill will allow you to achieve just the perfect method for cooking prime rib roasts. What happens when you grill is a layer of caramelization on the meat that adds a lot of flavour while keeping the inside just warmed and still rare. The resulting flavour is amazing!

prime rib roast plated Grilling gives just the perfect amount of smokiness to the beef without adding anything else to it. No seasonings are necessary. This is one time you really want the taste of the beef to shine through. As you can see it is definitely cooked to perfection of blue. Why do you want to cook prime rib this way? Prime rib is extremely tender so it lends itself well to be cooked blue. You don't want to over cook it as you will lose both flavour and texture.

I served the grilled roast with sautéed mushrooms, onions and zucchini with oven baked potatoes. Pictured is an inside view of the smallest roast of which we shared but I plated nicely for the picture. It was a romantic dinner for two served on one plate and eaten in front of the fireplace.


4 food lovers commented:

Bellini Valli said...

It sounds like a delicious way to enjoy a roast to me:D

redkathy said...

This looks sooo delicious... my guys would be in heaven if i served this!

Milo said...

I love to cook Prime Rib on the grill... we did this for Christmas dinner, and again for new years eve. It was so yummy... it makes you want to always cook it. We use larger roasts on the grill. Getting the inside of the grill very hot (500+ degrees farenheit) and searing the meat on all sides for the first 10-15 minutes of cooking. After that, we turned off the center burner and left the other 2 burners on medium, letting the grill temperature go down to about 350, continuing to cook until the internal temperature reaches 125 degrees farentheit. After letting the meat rest for another 10-15 minutes, it is perfectly cooked and with that wonderful charred flavor, a hit with our guests! It is easier than it seems as long as you can take the time to watch for flare ups and keep them to a minimum.
I love your blog! Milo

Garden Gnome said...

Hi Milo and thanks for visiting. I'm glad you are enjoying my blog and hope to hear from you more. Please keep those comments coming :) Thanks too for sharing your method of cooking prime rib on the grill. It is just such a great way to do a prime rib!