Behold, the most expensive thing I can get my hands on at Trader Joe's. Clocking in at just shy of $50 for this one package is nearly four pounds of beefy goodness. However, beefy goodness is in the eyes of the beholder. How much you like this will be determined by how well you prepare this. So tonight's review is a little bit of cooking with a bit of commentary on this slab of meat.
In the world of beef, the USDA has determined that there are three grades of meat: prime, choice, and select. Prime has the most marbling of them all. And for those of you who don't like dry cuts of meat, you know how good a well-marbled steak with worth. It's the fat that brings the flavor of the beef (but you have your own role to play as well).
Just down from prime, is this slab right here: choice. There is a moderate amount of marbling, but it is tender and flavorful. So off the bat, this is well priced at $11.99 a pound. Go to Costco or another retailer and look for prime meat. You could easily be looking at double for the same size roast.
But the true magic beyond the quality of the meat, is in how the person chooses to cook it.
I made this last year. And I was more than happy to get it again this year. This is a roast that likes to take its time. And while I haven't followed the recipe on the package exactly, there is a certain way to get that picture-perfect slices of the deeply roasted exterior with the familiar interior.
I ventured from the directions knowing full well that there would eventually be gravy served with this and I wanted some solid pan drippings.
So I allowed this roast to come up to room temperature, which took about 2 hours.
So I took 1 stick of butter, softened to room temperature, 1 tbsp of granulated garlic, 1 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp of black pepper, ½ tbsp of granulated onions and mixed that into the soft butter. Essentially, I made a compound butter.
I then spread that over the top of this roast, yup where the fat cap is. You'll see it if you look for it. I then used olive oil on the sides. I was afraid of both the olive oil burning. I also opted for granulated spices to ensure that those wouldn't burn either.
Once the roast was lathered up, into the oven it went for 20 minutes (again, I'm following what I saw). It melted the butter and developed a nice crust on the outside. And yes, leave the netting on. As an added bonus the butter stays on the meat better. Just sayin'.
After 20 minutes, I dropped the oven temperature down to 250F. Yup, I went for low and slow. Now, I'm a bit of an oddball and way too much into technology. I have a digital thermometer that is blue tooth connected. Trust me, if you burn a single roast, the thermometer pays for itself. I know I'm bad about walking away from something in the oven and having a moment of "What's that smell?"
So, not surprisingly once that thermometer came into my household, nothing has been overcooked since. My phone alerts me (yes, there is the Weber iGrill app which is connected via Bluetooth to the thermometer) when it is getting close to temperature.
Speaking of temperature, rare is 120-125F, medium rare is 130-135F, medium is 140-145F, and medium well is 150-155F. The roast will go up about 5 degrees or so even after you have pulled it from the oven.
We like ours medium rare. If you noticed where I put the thermometer, I put it on the side. That's the best place to get a good read on how the center of the roast is doing.
Let it rest no less than 10 minutes. You'll be rewarded with a delicious prime rib roast that will look as pretty as any restaurant. Perfect for the holidays. How many did this serve? From this roast, I got 8 generous servings.
The only complaints that some might make are there are some fatty deposits within the meat. Nothing that can't be cut away. But much of the fat melts away into a super tender piece of meat.
Would I buy this again? Yes. No doubt.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The package of Trader Joe's Boneless Prime Rib Roast:
After being cooked you get a roast (the top view):
And from the side:
Sliced on a plate before all the sides and gravy:
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Trader Joe's Boneless Prime Rib Roast
Product Name: Trader Joe's Boneless Prime Rib Roast
Product Description: Trader Joe's Boneless Prime Rib Roast is a seasonal roast offering that is worth a look.
Price: $11.99 per pound
A seasonal slab of beef where the magic is in how you roast this.
- So delicious
- Meat was very tender
- Because of the grade of this meat, there is a bit of fat
- The average roast size is around 4 lbs to be prepared to pay something in the $50 range
- Be sure to season this well.
We are not big meat eaters, but we DO enjoy meat, so this looks like a bargain to me. Curious . . . I just perused the net to see the comparative cost of a Big Mac to a serving of this wonderful roast. The answer was pretty stunning. Bring on the roast!
Hey Judie! Thanks for sharing! This roast beats a big mac any day of the week. And with that comparison point it's an even better deal. Thanks so very much for sharing this!
LOOK AT THAT JUICE! MMM love these. Maybe do it in a slow cooker? Overnight
Hey Alek! I saw recipe suggestions for that online too! It might be worth looking into! Thanks so very much for sharing!
Mychols Fabulous Playground says
What a FABULOUS and HELPFUL review, becomebetty! I think we'll have to try this in our roaster oven! -Thank you so much!!!
Hey! I'm glad I could help. I'd love to hear how it turned out! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hi Betty, thanks to your detailed review and suggestions, we are making this today, and the cost is so much more affordable than the others I have purchased in the past. I will report back, but I think it is going to be fabulous!
Hey Suzen! I can't wait to hear how it turns out! I'd love to hear!
We made this roast today using the compound butter applied to the fat cap and olive oil cooking spray applied to the sides. As suggested, we brought our 3.8 lb. roast to room temperature over 2 hours, roasted it for 15 minutes (rather than 20) at 425 F and then allowed it to roast for about 1 hour and 15 minutes at 325 F (rather than 250 F) until it’s internal temperature was about 140 F. We allowed the roast to rest (tented under aluminum foil for 15 minutes) and then sliced it to yield about 8 slices, 1/2 inch thick. It was soooo flavorful and very tender! We had one meal for the 2 of us tonight (one slice each), will have another meal tomorrow and froze enough for two other meals (in gravy to keep the meat from drying out) at a total cost of $5.50 for each serving! A real bargain!
Hey Andrea! Thanks so very much for sharing! I'm glad yours turned out great! And yes, compared to eating out that is a total bargain. Thanks so very much for sharing!
Hi Betty, I also loved these roasts...however, TJ's have not been carrying them any longer-- at least in Spokane, WA. Do you have any connections that could help TJ's bring them back? Ty...Sheri
Hi Sheri! I wish I had a connection there. It was a holiday item. The best suggestion I have for you is to go here and make your voice heard: https://www.traderjoes.com/contact-us/product-feedback