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Ryan’s Roast: The Perfect Prime Rib

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Photo from Double R Ranch

One of the primary challenges with large whole muscle roasts, like a prime rib, is ending up with only a small overall portion of the meat cooked to the ideal doneness. The outside is often overcooked, and/or the center is often undercooked. In order to avoid or minimize this, I cook prime rib very gently at a low cooking temperature. Cooking sous-vide is a great approach. But you can still roast a prime rib in your oven with great results.

Low temperature cooking has its own set of tradeoffs though. The largest of these being that the maillard reaction isn’t achieved or is minimized. In order to still have a wonderfully browned crust while still roasting low and gentle, I like to sear the whole rib separately from the cooking process. I typically sear directly on a grill (as hot as possible), use a blowtorch, or a large cast iron griddle will do the trick too. Tip: skip the small butane torches you find at gourmet kitchen stores and get a larger propane torch at the hardware store – it will cost less and work a lot better.

You can mix and match your searing methods (grill, cast iron, torch, etc.) with your cooking method (sous vide, low temp oven, smoker, etc.). But as a general rule, if I’m cooking sous vide I like to sear after the cook. And if I’m cooking in an oven, I like to sear before.

With an understanding and plan of how you’re going to cook gently and sear separately, the recipe itself largely becomes only a formality. Nonetheless, my basic recipe can be found below. You’ll notice that it doesn’t rely on a long and fancy list of ingredients. And although low temp cooking is a relatively modern approach, it’s also pretty simple. Pick good ingredients, cook simply to let them shine, and it’s actually hard to not have a delicious result.

Photo by Snake River Farms

 INGREDIENTS

prime rib roast (bone-in preferred, and a for real treat go with a dry aged roast), with fat cap intact but trimmed of excessive fat

brown sugar

fresh minced garlic

fresh coarsely ground black pepper

Kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 240°F (for very large roasts, you may opt to go with a lower tempature)

Rub the outside of the roast with the brown sugar. Place roast on a roasting rack inside a roasting pan. Use a blowtorch to deeply brown all sides of the roast, creating a nice crust. Gently add the garlic, pepper and salt. You can be pretty liberal with the sugar, garlic, and pepper, but be more conservative with the salt.

Transfer to the oven and cook for ~1-2 hours, until the internal temperature reaches the mid to high 120°s F. Remove the roast from the oven, place on a wood board, loosely cover with foil and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes. The internal temperature should continue to rise during the resting period. Anything in the 131 to 139 F window will be a great medium rare. With practice and experience you’ll be able to narrow that target. I find that 135 to 136 F at service is my favorite.

To carve, separate the bones from the rest of the roast. Lay the bones on your serving platter or board. Cut the rest of the roast in half, perpendicular to where the bones were. Place each half cut side down and carve ~½ inch slices. Arrange on the platter and finish with a nice sprinkle of coarse sea salt. Serve with horseradish cream or your favorite accouterments.

Culinary Crafts’s Annual NYE Pop Up Preview: The Cocktails!

By | Culinary Crafts Events, Every Day Life at Culinary Crafts, Food, Holiday Parties, Parties, Pop Up Restaurants, Recipes

Today, we are going to be showing you a little preview of some of the AMAZING things you can expect from Culinary Crafts’s New Years’s Eve Pop Up!  Every year, we make sure to showcase unforgettable eats and drinks to ring in a New Year and create a one-of-a-kind celebration for all of our guests – and this year is no exception.  Ryan Crafts has been creating this stellar menu for months (yes, months) and it incorporates quite a few specially aged elements.  One such offering?  The cocktails!  Check it out!

The cocktail menu consists of a Barrel-Aged Blood Orange High West Old Fashioned, a Barrel-Aged Key Lime Beehive Gimlet, and a non-alcoholic Barrel-Aged Meyer Lemon and Cherry Soda.  Who else is intrigued?  I know I am!

We LOVE our local distilleries and High West’s American Prairie Bourbon was a perfect addition to Barrel-Aged Blood Orange High West Old Fashioned.  The proprietary blend of bourbons are aged from 2 to 13 years, creating a complex taste – which really added something special.

Another interesting element?  Ryan Crafts decided to incorporate oak chips to every drink!

Another fantastic local distillery is Beehive Distilling and we were so THRILLED to use it in the Barrel-Aged Key Lime Beehive Gimlet.  They use a blend of 7 botanicals that create a really unique profile.  Couple that with Key Lime?  A whole lotta awesome going on.

Bing Cherries will serve as one of the garnishes and adds a touch of sweetness that is just perfect – especially for winter cocktails!

As you can see, something really amazing is being put together for our NYE menu!  We hope you will join us for this extraordinary event – but hurry quick!  Tickets are going fast!  (Get them here.)  Happy dreaming, everyone!

Check our more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from M + B Events, who posted this BEAUTIFUL detail shot of an inspiration shoot we were a part of this year!  We LOVE this photo and think its perfect for the season, plus, pomegranates and gold leafed pears as table decor?  Yes, please!  Thank you so much, M + B Events for sharing!  And remember, for your chance to be next week’s pick tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your post and check back to see who gets picked next!  Happy Monday, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Culinary Crafts Thanksgiving Game Plan!

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As promised, here is the tried-and-true Culinary Crafts’s Thankgiving Game Plan!  Our very own Mary Crafts-Homer wrote this awesome timeline for those who are looking for a well planned, less stressful, and fabulous Thanksgiving – and don’t we ALLLL want that?!  Yes, yes we do!

We LOVE this plan because it really does make planning SOOO easy – but let’s be honest too…  It’s no fun for just one person to do this all by themselves!  You need your family (or friends) to join together to help make this a perfect holiday.  So, being the super smart woman Mary is, she wrote this plan with different tasks in mind to delegate out.  And believe me, when everyone lends a hand, that’s when the best memories are made.  Happy planning everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our friends at Studio 5 who we had the pleasure of joining this week to share our tips and tricks to a perfect Thanksgiving holiday!  (Don’t worry for all of you who missed it, we are putting it ALLLL together in a post next week or you can see the video here!)  We absolutely LOVE this holiday and were so thankful to be able to share our love for Thanksgiving on the show!  Thank you for sharing, Studio 5!  Also, remember, for your chance to be next week’s pick, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your post and see who is chosen next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from the fantastic M + B Events who we had the pleasure of working with on this stunning inspiration shoot that happens to be featured on Utah Valley Bride here!  We absolutely LOVE this shoot and it’s such perfect inspiration for fall weddings and events!  Plus, who can resist a custom menu design and gorgeous florals?  I know I can’t!  Thank you for sharing, M + B Events!  And remember, for your chance to be next week’s pick, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts and check back to see who gets selected next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!