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Dec 4, 2005 12:32 PM

Standing rib roast./How many ribs?

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I'm having my family over to Hanukkah dinner and want to prepare a standing rib roast. We are 6 adults with smallish appetites and 3 young children 9,7,6.Of course there will be the traditional fixings along with the roast.Last year the butcher advised me incorrectly. Now I decided to go to those are in the know. Those of us on Chowhound.How many ribs do I actually need and what should the roast weigh? Thanks in advance.

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  1. "Last year the butcher advised me incorrectly" meaning what? Too much? Too little? What did the butcher suggest?

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    1. re: Sherri

      Sorry I wasn't clear. He advised me to get much more then I needed and also to cook it to long for Rare to Medium rare. Do you think I should get it Newported or have the roast tied off the bone?

      1. re: GB

        I really like it newported-- that is cut off the bones, and the bones are re-attached with butcher's string. Makes slicing a breeze and you get all the great flavor from the bones.

    2. Since no one else has help, I will share my measurement system for Prime rib. One rib for two people, or 1/2 lb per person. This will give you enough to feed the kids and a seconds for some person who loves meat.

      In you case something bewteen 4 to 6 lbs. You know better than I how much you friends can eat.

      Get the samll end of the prime rib rosst.

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      1. re: yimster

        I think you'll be fine with a good sized 3-bone standing rib roast.

        1. re: adamclyde

          Definitely agree with both of those recommendations. A whole rib roast consists of ribs 6 though 12 - the "small end" starts at rib 9, so you should ask for a roast that includes ribs 9 through 12. It's the more tender part of the rib roast and has a larger "cap" (spinalis dorsi) muscle, which is arguably the best single piece of meat on the entire cow.