A complete guide to buying and cooking the perfect prime rib

Carolyn Menyes

When it comes to the king of Christmas meats, few entrees can best a classic prime rib. Also known as standing rib roast, prime rib is easy to prepare yet often suffers from over- or under-seasoning and — the ultimate sin — overcooking. And with so many decisions (prime or choice? Bone-in or boneless? What tools do I need?) getting started can feel overwhelming. Whether you’ve made prime rib before and want to up your game or are looking to recreate a family favorite on your own for the first time, we’ve got you covered. From picking the best piece of meat to cooking it to perfection, here’s everything you need to know.