Standung Rib

Joined Dec 1, 2009
I want to serve a 6 lb. standing rib roast however of the 8 people sharing the roast 2 of them want their meat very well done and the others would be content at medium. How do I accomplish this?
Joined Aug 29, 2000
Welcome, Ed.

I'll move your request to the general cooking forum, where it'll be seen by more people who can answer your question. If you like, please come back here to the Welcome Forum to introduce yourself, which is what this particular forum is for. :)

Joined Apr 3, 2008
The most important thing to do is: Do not buy a prime cut of beef as it will be a complete tragedy to overcook it. Buy a cheaper choice cut and then destroy it as you see fit.

The best way to overcook meat and leave just a little pink on the inside is to cook at a very high temp. 400F degrees until the inside reads 140. That will be on the well done side of medium.
Joined Jul 28, 2006
When I do standing rib roast, I rub the entire outside with seasonings, start it in a 415 degree oven, to get the "sear" on it, then reduce the temp to 325 for the rest of the time. I time the roast so it will be medium-rare to medium in the middle. Under no circumstance will I want the center to be more done. The ends will naturally be well done, and the next slices off each end will also be med-well to well. If more people want their meat more done, after the meat has rested and can be sliced, I put a couple of slices back into the oven briefly, under foil, for them. When I was a waitress, it was common in some of the places I worked, for the cook to dunk the slices into the hot au jus to make it more done. I never liked that procedure.
Joined Feb 13, 2008
A "standing rib" is a roast with the rib bones in, not removed. A 6lb roast is very small size for 8 people, certainly too small for a festive occasion. Allowing for waste (including bones) you're looking at an average serving size of less than 8 oz per person. That's not large enough for anything other than "New Years at the Spa," or a group of women in training for their wedding dresses.

As a rule of thumb, allow 1 bone for each two people. Thus a roast for eight is a 4 bone roast. Taken from the small end, a 4 bone roast would run slightly less than 8 lbs, and from the large end would run slightly more than 9.

The normal serving model is to carve and serve at table; a 1/2 bone's worth of meat per person, with a slightly larger pieces of meat including the bone to each gentlman. It may seem sexist, but since standing ribs are often served at festive occasions it's just being senstivie to the realities of manicures and lipstick. If the lady desires a rib bone, at the time of service she is encouraged to stab the gentlemen beside her in his thigh with her dessert fork, alerting him to her wishes.

If your roast is already bone-out, it's not a "standing rib" at all but a simple rib roast. In that case, 6lbs is adequate if not particularly generous.

There are a number of ways of cooking a standing rib -- two of which involve swapping high and low temperatures. You can also cook a roast at a steady high, medium or low temperature. Other than cooking all the way through at high, they yield substantially similar results -- differing mostly only in timing.

Considering the size of the roast, even if it's "only" six pounds, the outside will brown adequately even at a fairly low temp.

A roast cooked all the way through at a high temperature will give you the greatest differential between outside and inside. It's the best way to get a "black and blue" effect, but otherwise probably isn't useful unless you're in a huge hurry.

Your life would be probably be easiest if you cooked at a steady, medium temperature with a thermometer planted in the roast for the entire cooking period.

Whatever your personal preferences and the preferences of those of us reading you here, you seem determined to cook your roast to the degree that will most please your guests. Congratulations! You're teaching Good Hostess 101 until further notice. :smiles:

140F in the center of the roast (aka "medium") was an excellent suggestion, as was reserving the "end pieces" for those guests who prefer their meat well done, and as was the alternative of reheating a couple of pieces for the notorious duo.

Large roasts need plenty of rest after cooking and before carving. A prolonged rest helps satisfy a broader range of desired doneness as well -- overcooked meats tend to be moister, while underdone ones tend to show not quite as pink. You can rest your meat for several hours by wrapping it well in foil and placing it in a well-covered, well insualted "cooler."

Considering what you're up against with your guests' choices and all the sides that comprise a rib-roast dinner, I strongly recommend the long rest. It will not only make your dinner better, but will make your life substantially easier. Imagine the inner peace of a roast, perfectly cooked, out of the oven, and doing it what it should be doing to live up to its beefy potential -- before anyone's shaken the first pitcher of martinis.

Hope this helps,
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