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Salt-Crusted Prime Rib

Traeger Kitchen


Salt-Crusted Prime Rib

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

3 Hours

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Rub, roast, rest, then relish. Salt encrusts the Prime Rib to flavor & tenderize until extraordinary.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

8

    Steps

    • 1

      In a food processor, combine salt, pepper, garlic cloves, rosemary and chile powder and process until fine. Add the olive oil and pulse to form a paste.
    • 2

      Place the prime rib roast on a cutting board, bone-side up and rub with 1 tablespoon of the salt paste.
    • 3

      Transfer the meat to a large roasting pan and place bone-side down. Pack the salt paste all over the fatty surface, pressing to help it adhere. Let the prime rib stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
    • 4

      When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 450°F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
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    • 5

      Roast the prime rib for 1 hour, or until the crust is slightly darkened. Lower the Traeger temperature to 300°F and roast for about 2 hours and 15 minutes longer, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the roast (not touching the bone) registers 125°F for medium-rare.
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    • 6

      Transfer the roast to a large carving board and let the meat rest for 30 minutes.
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    • 7

      Carefully lift the salt crust off the meat and transfer to a bowl. Brush away any excess salt.
    • 8

      To remove the roast in one piece while keeping the rib rack intact, run a long sharp carving knife along the bones, using them as your guide. Leave on 1/2 inch of meat, or more if reserving for leftovers.
    • 9

      Carve the prime rib roast 1/2 inch thick and serve, using some of the crumbled salt crust as a condiment.
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