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Dec 28, 2004 07:05 PM

2 Bone Prime Rib Roasts - Yes or No?

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"Don't even bother with less than a three-rib roast, any less than that is not a roast but rather a thick steak and would be better treated as such."

So says the writer at

Since I'm planning on serving a prime rib roast at a small dinner party (2 or 3 people total), this caught my eye.

By any chance do you agree with his/her statement?

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  1. I asked the same question, see link below. Most posters thought it would be Ok however we ended up going with a 4 ribber since our travel plans changed and we could handle having leftovers.

    I was glad I did. I spoke to my longtime butcher from my old home town (I miss him!!) and he agreed that a small one is harder to cook as it quickly gets over done. You just don't get the range of flavor that you get from a larger roast from the crusty end cuts to the cool pink center.

    Dinner was great-served it with cheddar cheese popovers and broiled brussel sprouts. If you can handle the leftovers I would go for a larger roast.


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    1. re: foodiex2

      thanks for the link!

      I must've misssed that thread, and apologize to all for the duplicate ?

    2. Consider a Prime Grade Eye Round 3- 4 lbs instead with a big piece of fat tied on the top for self basting. The butcher will do it. Then rub it with olive oil and coat it with kosher salt and black pepper.

      Roast your potatoes with rosemary, whole garlic, pieces of sweet onion, salt, pepper and some crushed red pepper right in the same pan.

      Slice the meat very thin and make sure it's cooked no further than medium rare. It makes a wonderful roast beef. Might be fancy enough for your guests. Made right, they will love it.

      1. I believe you can achieve very good results with a 2-bone rib roast. I just did one, a small end weighing just under 5 lbs. this past Sunday and it turned out just great, medium rare inside and well browned on the outside. I cooked it in the gas bbq grill because my oven had just broken down. After completely browning the outside over a direct flame, Then it was left to continue cooking covered with indirect heat until it was done. After I removed it from the grill I let it rest 20-25 minutes before being sliced. I'm sure it could have turned out equally well in the conventional oven.

        1. I made a two rib roast (4.8 lbs) on Satuday that came out perfectly. We do this every Christmas and there has never been a problem. It also produces enough fat for a recipe of Yorkshire pudding. There were four of us and this roast could have fed five or six.

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          1. re: Ellen

            I'm so happy to here about your success. I REALLY am in the mood for prime rib, but have no desire to expand my guest list beyond 1 or 2 friends.

            Can you share your cooking technique? My friends and I definately prefer our red meat on the rare/medium rare side.

            1. re: bk

              Just bought a two ribber last evening. The eGullet website has this recipe originally from the NYTimes of 30 or so years ago. I'm going to try it New Years Eve:

              Remove roast from fridge two hours prior to cooking.
              Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
              Season as desired.
              Cook roast for 15 minutes per rib.
              Turn off oven.
              Do not open oven door for two hours.
              Remove roast. It will be medium rare and ready to carve.

              1. re: Dale

                Good Luck! Let us know how it turns out.

                My dinner has been postponed as one of my 2 guests is MIA somewhere. If she doesn't surface soon, it'll be prime rib for 2 (plus leftovers for meeee)

                That Lobel's gift certicate I got is burning a hole in my pocket.

            2. re: Ellen

              I let the roast sit on the counter for at least an hour covered with a paste of finely shopped rosemary, shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, butter and flour. I put it into a 450 degree oven and turned the heat down to 350 after about 15 minutes and cook for 15 minutes a pound. At that point I put in the meat thermometer the gauge its doneness and watch as the roast approaches the doneness level I want. I usually take it out of the oven at the rare reading and then cover with foil while I make a madiera sauce with the drippings and Yorkshire pudding with the fat. The internal temperature will rise another 5 degrees or so while it is resting.

            3. My mother used to cook 2 bone prime rib roasts "all the time". You won't get an "end cut".

              I agree, it will be more similar to a thick steak, than a "traditional" prime rib. But still tasty.