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Okay for Easter dinner last night I made my first ever prime rib, and it got 5 out of 5 stars all around with the family, even on the toughest critics in the house. I`m telling you this is a fool proof way to cook prime rib that will leave people asking for your recipe! The best part? It only takes 5 ingredients.
I`ll admit for my first Prime Rib I was nervous. This is an expensive piece of meat so making a mistake would have left some very unhappy people and a very depressed wallet.
What are our 5 ingredients?
1. The Prime Rib
4. Cloves of garlic
5. Olive Oil
I used fresh ground pepper and sea salt it took about 1/4 of both combined to get a good coating on the prime rib. Salt and Pepper your prime rib to taste if you like it spicy keep the peppercorns bigger and use more it will give your prime rib a nice crunchy crust and spicy kick!
To start off I sprinkled salt and pepper on every nook and crevice on the prime rib and I gave it a nice massage into the meat. Make sure you leave a good handful of salt and pepper after doing this though!
I cooked my prime rib in a cast iron dutch oven, but you can use any easy to cover pan. After you put some of the salt and pepper on your rib you want to put it in the pan so the fat side is facing up, that fat is going to produce all the aug jus and juice to make a nice dipping sauce for you later!
Once the fat side is up add a couple of teaspoons of olive oil to the rest of your salt and pepper. You want to combine it until it is a nice goopy paste, you don`t want this too thick.
The next step? lather up the fatty part of your prime rib with the salt and pepper goop! You want to keep the layer pretty even, but go to town on that bad boy! The olive oil will help that fat get a good crunchy layer that is so flavorful you`ll faint!
The next part can be optional, i recommend going for it. If your not a garlic lover I promise this isn`t to intense, I`m not a big garlic eater but this just adds the aroma and a hint of flavor. Take 1 or 2 cloves of garlic and cut them in half and just set them in the bottom of the pan.
For extra flavor you can add a quartered onion. I didn`t give this a try but it is a must do for me next time because I love onions.
That is all for your prep work and now you`re ready for the oven!
You want to preheat the oven to 500 degrees, if your oven doesn`t go that high 450 will work too. Cook your prime rib at the high temperature for 35 minutes, then reduce the temperature down to 325.
Cook time from here on out depends on the size of your rib and how you like it cooked.
For a good rare you`ll want to cook it about 12 minutes per pound, medium rare is closer to 16.
I prepared ours medium well for the families picky eaters and it cooked about 20 minutes a pound.
Now I know this recipe doesn`t sound very daring, but the flavor that you will get out of these simple ingredients will surprise you! I am dying to get my hands on another prime rib to do this recipe again! Easter dinner was a hit! We served this up with smashed potatoes, green beans and corn on the cob!