What temperature should I set the oven…

Question:  I have the bison prime rib that I purchased from you a few weeks ago, and plan to serve it for Christmas dinner. What temperature should I set the oven and approximately How LONG will it take to get to the ideal temp…. I’d like to have it ready as guests arrive, able to slice and serve, without worrying about it cooling off too much, or over cooking trying to keep it warm. any suggestions??

– From Nancy in Pennsylvania

Answer:  For a medium roast, use a meat thermometer to 135 degrees in a 350 degree oven, ovens vary as to the time, which is the reason for the thermometer.

For a rare roast, rub the roast with olive oil and fresh minced garlic then sprinkle it liberally with lemon pepper.  I put the roast in a shallow baking pan on a rack and into a 500 degree oven for 10 minutes.  I turn the oven down to 250 and cook the roast to 120 degrees on your meat thermometer.  Take it out and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes then slice.  If you wait longer to serve it, I would take the roast out at 10 degrees below rare for beef.  It should take about an hour.  Make sure you have a good meat thermometer and start checking the roast after 1/2 hour.

Merry Christmas from SayersBrook!

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