Uncle Joe's Secret Recipe
World Best Prime Rib

Shhh....don't tell anybody this is my Uncle Joe's world best prime rib recipe.  He never told me about how to cook it.  I happened to see it several times while he was cooking.  Then, I somehow put the pieces together and tried it at home to
create this recipe.

Uncle Joe's World Best Prime Rib Recipe

Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 15 Minutes (stove); 4 Hours (oven)  Serving: 3

When anybody goes to visit my Uncle Joe, he always loves to serve his signature dish.  He is so proud of it that he had never told anyone else how he makes it so that people will come back to visit him again and eat more.  I swear that I had never tried any prime rib from anywhere else, even some expensive and famous restaurants, better than this one.  

Now, you know why I called it the world best prime rib.

This is not one of the meals on the budget that you cook on a regular basis.  I only cook it when I have visitors, dinner party or during the holiday seasons.  If you don't want to have turkey and/or ham over and over again, this is definitely a good alternative.

Before diving into this delicious world best prime rib recipe, I would like to share with you some tips ahead of time which will make it easier for your meal planning.

a) Always ask your butcher to tie the meat for you.  This will save you tons of time and frustration.

b) Serve 1 pound per adult or count the number of ribs.  For instance, there are 8 people in your party.  It will call for 9-10 pounds of meat or 8 ribs in total.  If you tell the butcher how many people you are going to serve, he/she is usually pretty good to tell you the approximate amount of meat you need.

c) Use the number of ribs as your measuring unit for garlic and beef bouillon.  For example, the recipe below shows 4 pounds of meat.  But there are only 3 ribs.  I use a clove of garlic and 2 cubes of beef bouillon for each rib.  If you are a garlic
lover, feel free to use more garlic.

d) Use the number of pound of meat to calculate the cooking time.  It takes about an hour to cook a pound of meat to be well done.  Here is the calculation:

Weight of Meat
Well Done
Medium Well
Rare or Pink
8 pounds
8 Hours
7.5 Hours
7 Hours
6 pounds
6 Hours
5.5 Hours
5 Hours
4 pounds
4 Hours
3.5 Hours
3 Hours

e) You can also apply this recipe with the same methods on cooking the Rib Roast which is a less tender and more affordable meat.

Cooking World Best Prime Rib 5 Pounds

Since this recipe is for cooking 4 pounds of meat, adjust the recipe if you cook more than this quantity:

  1. Cook the meat in 400F oven for the first hour
  2. Cover it tightly with aluminum foil and lower the oven temperature to 375F and let it cook until the second last hour
  3. Take off the foil and cook it at 400F in the last hour of cooking

For example, you have 8 pounds of meat.  You will cook the first hour at 400F; cover it under aluminum foil and cook at 375F oven for 6 hours.  Then, take off the foil and cook the meat at 400F for the last hour.  Total cook time of the world best prime rib is 8 hours for well done.

If you have a convection oven (a.k.a. speed bake), cut the cooking time into half.


4 LBs Bone-In Prime Rib
3 Cloves Medium Size Garlic (peeled)
6 Cubes Beef Boullion (sodium free preferred)
1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

  1. Bone side down, use a pairing knife cut into the meat to make 3 pockets each rib with even distance between pockets
  2. Stuff a clove of garlic and 2 cubs of beef bouillon for each rib (see picture on the right)
  3. Sprinkle the ground black pepper on each side of the meat and pad it so that it sticks
  4. Transfer the meat into a roasting pan or a big bowl - bone side down so that all the seasonings will sip right into the meat
  5. Chill in the fridge overnight
  6. Take the meat out in room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.  For a bigger chunk of meat, it may take at least an hour to get the meat to room
Marinate the world best prime rib

(If you use a convection oven or speed bake, skip the searing part on stove top or grill.  The meat will go straight into the oven after reaching room temperature)

        7. Preheat oven at 400F and a big, deep skillet or dutch oven at high heat
              (For meat more than 4 pounds, use a grill to sear it)
        8. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil for easy clean-up later
        9. Sear the meat 3-5 minutes per side until it is golden brown
      10. Transfer to roasting pan bone side down, then cook in the oven
      11. Feel free to use the thermometer to check for desired doneness
      12. Do not open the oven door to peek until the cooking time is up
      13. If it needs to cook more after the temperature check, cook the meat again
             for another 10 minutes each time so that it won't overcook
      14. Take the meat out of the oven and rest for 8-10 minutes before carving

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