This April 27, on National Prime Rib Day, we’re headed to our favorite steakhouse. Also known as “standing rib roast,” prime rib is a tender, flavorful cut of roast from the rib section of the steer – just one of the eight prime cuts of beef. While it can be traditionally paired with potatoes, stuffing, and vegetables to make a “Sunday Roast,” there are many unique flavors and recipes to cook up prime rib with. It’s a juicy celebration and one we’re all for.
History of National Prime Rib Day
Though we can’t say for sure where and how prime rib was first cooked up, we know that by the time of the Industrial Revolution, it was emerging in Australia, the United States, the UK, and Canada. Prime rib is a cut of the ribs of the cow, typically between the 6th and 12th rib, and is considered one of the most classic and delicious cuts of beef.
In the UK particularly, prime rib took off in the late 1800s as families made it the centerpiece of their “Sunday Roast.” This popular dinner practice put prime rib in the center of the dinner table, though it was more commonly known as “standing rib roast” due to the fact that it was cooked upright. Sunday Roast was commonly served up with mashed potatoes, stuffing, Yorkshire pudding, and vegetables. Today, this is still known as a very traditional way to prepare prime rib and is definitely well-loved by meat-eaters.
Some restaurants have dedicated their identity to the iconic cut of meat and are known worldwide for their mastery in cooking it. For example, the House of Prime Rib in San Francisco, CA ages their corn-fed beef for three weeks before cooking it. Peter Luger in New York City has been serving up delectable prime rib since 1887, and Taylor’s Steakhouse in Los Angeles is also well-known for its prime rib. Even some national chains, like Lawry’s Prime Rib, have achieved great fame for their culinary artistry with the meat cut!
Chances are, you’ve had prime rib at Christmas or during the holidays, on your birthday, or to celebrate some other anniversary or big event. Prime rib remains a traditional holiday and special event food, as it doesn’t come cheap these days and is one of the juiciest and most tender cuts of meat. Historically, people have always loved to treat themselves to the flavorful dish – whether it’s in the form of a Sunday Roast to bring the family together, a birthday celebration, or the showstopper of a Christmas feast!