Deep Fried Prime Rib Roast
Just like with turkey, you will be amazed with the juicy tender flavor of this recipe. Keep in mind however, that unlike turkey, a rib roast prepared in the oven is not bland at all. Personally, I don't find deep fried prime rib to be any better than a traditionally prepared one. However, it is always a show stopper amongst guests to deep fry anything, and you certainly don't lose anything in the flavor department doing it this way.
This recipe produces rare meat in the middle (red throughout) and medium rare cuts on the ends (pink with some brown). This is how Beef should be prepared and served. If you are insane and like your meat medium or worse, cook this roast to 130 degrees in step 9 and don't blame me when your meat is tough and lacks flavor. Oh by the way, you're an idiot, too.
FOR THE SEASONING MIX:
2 tablespoons kosher or sea salt
2 tablespoons fresh thyme
2 tablespoons pepper
FOR THE FRYING:
One 7 Pound prime beef rib roast (figure about ¾ pound per person. This size should feed 10 people)
One Turkey fryer
Peanut oil (approx 3-5 gallons) As an alternative, you can use canola or vegetable oil if you must, but it is not ideal
1. Make sure the roast is fully thawed by placing it in the refrigerator at least 2 full days before cooking.
2. The night before roasting, drizzle olive oil along the outside of the roast, and rub generous amounts of seasoning mix all over the roast. (You are creating what is called a "dry-rub") The seasonings not only bring out the beef's flavors, but also help to keep the meat tender.
3. Cover the meat (I use a roasting pan with a large lid so that nothing like saran wrap is actually touching the meat) and refrigerate over night. Remove from the fridge at least an hour before cooking, and place onto your frying rack, per the fryer's instructions.
4. Fill your large pot approx. ¾ full with peanut oil and heat to 325 degrees. Carefully lower the roast into the oil as directed by the fryer's manufacturer.
5. Allow 3 minutes per pound before checking the roast. To do so safely, have someone raise the roast at least halfway removed from the oil, and test the center. The roast is done when the thermometer reads 115 degrees in the very middle, for rare meat in the middle as explained above.
6. Place the done roast on a roasting pan which has been covered with brown paper bags to absorb the oil. Let roast rest for 10 minutes, then carve. To do so, place roast, ribs down and place your very sharp knife just above the top of the bones into the meat. Slice all the way through, allowing you to then fold the meat away from the bones. Cut the meat completely from the bones, then carve the rib roast like a roast beef, serving slices to your guests. Serve the bones, sliced into individual bones, alongside as garnish and for the cavemen in your party to nibble on.
7. As an alternative, you can slice giant slabs of your beef by simply knifing between each bone and creating giant sized rib-eyes for each of your guests.