Prime rib is something you order at a good steak house, not prepare at home. Steak
houses get the best prime loin cuts, and they are properly aged, something you won't find
in a supermarket tray portion. But if you can find a nice 4-bone loin-end standing rib
roast (we can at Costco), you should try Alton Brown's method of ageing and roasting. It's
This method isn't too difficult, but needs a few days advance planning.
*Prep 35 minutes*
*Cook 4 hours*
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown
1 (4-bone-in) standing rib roast, preferably from the loin end
Canola oil, to coat roast
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to cover entire roast
1 c water
1 c red wine
4 fresh sage leaves
Remove any plastic wrapping or butcher's paper from the roast. Place the
standing rib roast upright onto a half sheet pan fitted with a rack. The
rack is essential for drainage. Place dry towels loosely on top of the
roast. This will help to draw moisture away from the meat. Place into a
refrigerator at approximately 50 to 60 percent humidity and between 34 and
38 degrees F. You can measure both with a refrigerator thermometer. Change
the towels daily for 3 days.
Place a 16-inch round azalea terra cotta planter into a cold oven. Invert
the planter to become a lid over a pizza stone or the bottom of the planter.
The oven should be cold to start, to avoid any cracking in the terra cotta
pieces. Turn the oven to 250 degrees F.
Remove the roast from the refrigerator and rub with canola oil. Remember to
rub the bones with oil, as well. Once the roast is completely coated with
oil cover the roast with kosher salt, about half a teaspoon per bone. Next,
rub with freshly ground pepper to coat the surface. Place the roast over a
glass bake-ware dish slightly smaller than the length of the roast. This
will catch the drippings needed for the sauce. Finally, place a probe
thermometer into the center of the roast and set for 118 degrees. Put the
roast and the bake-ware dish onto the pizza stone, cover with the terra
cotta pot, and return to the oven. Turn the oven down to 200 degrees F and
roast until internal temperature is achieved.
Remove the roast and turn oven up to 500 degrees F. Remove the terra cotta
lid and recover with heavy-duty foil. Allow the roast to rest until an
internal temperature of 130 degrees F. is reached. Place the roast back into
the preheated 500 degree F oven for about 10 minutes or until you've
achieved your desired crust. Remove and transfer roast to a cutting board.
Keep covered with foil until ready to serve.
Degrease the juices in the glass pan. Place the pan over low heat and
deglaze with 1 cup of water. Add the wine and reduce by half. Roll the sage
leaves in between your fingers to release the flavors and aroma. Add to the
sauce and cook for 1 minute. Strain and serve on the side.