Isn’t it gratifying to know that your family can be having a great dinner of prime rib after a hectic day without much of a bustling commotion and not worrying leaving the oven or the pot over a stove top unattended for so many hours. Well, you only have crock pot cooking to thank for making dinner preparation that simple and easy. But you need to have some few preparations in making prime rib in the crock pot a success and with the following to consider too:
The prime rib itself – Choose the meat labeled rib roast, standing rib roast or eye of the rib roast as they refer to the same cut of meat. Seldom can we find them labeled prime in the grocery stores or supermarkets. Pre-brown meat in a skillet before adding to the crock pot. This may be an additional work but it is worth it. This not only melts the fat but brings out the best flavor too.
Adding vegetables and other ingredients– Adding vegetables like potatoes, onions or any other root vegetables to make a one-pot meal should be done when the meat is three-fourths on the way to being cooked. The addition of flavorful spices should be about 25 percent to 60 percent only, just enough to balance the flavor. They tend to intensify while crock pot cooking. Bear in mind that prime rib is a tender cut of meat so less seasoning is needed.
Meat Thermometer and Cook Time – Instant read meat thermometer should be used to ensure that temperature is rising. The simmering point and stabilization of crock pot cooking for both high and low is about 209°F. The cook time depends upon the weight and cut of meat after it reaches the simmer point to come up with the intense flavor and the best texture. Prime rib usually takes about 3 hours to cook on high and 6 hours on low. Remember to avoid inserting the meat thermometer into the fatty section or the bone.
Adding Liquid – You can use water, stock or broth for the liquid but it should only be half or three- quarters full of the cooker. Cream soups can also be used as part of the liquid.
- Set the crock pot in low setting.
- Remove excess fat from the prime rib leaving only about ¼ inch fat layer.
- Brown -sear meat by putting oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Place the meat, fat side down until it is browned and seared then flip and do the other side. This should take about 5 minutes each side.
- Transfer the prime rib in a crock pot and sprinkle seasonings of your choice like salt and pepper.
- Cover with the lid and cook for about 6 hours before checking the temperature. You can leave this unattended for long hours over cook top without causing any danger.
Prime rib becomes moist and juicy when made in a crock pot. This is the best option when cooking this kind of meat. Try it! and you’ll see the difference.