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FAQ Subject: I need to barbecue a boneless rib roast
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My question is. I have been elected to barbecue a rib roast for the Christmas eve dinner. We expect 9 adults who have big appetites for Christmas prime rib. I want to go with a boneless roast, I estimate we will need two roasts at 5-7lbs (that is the largest size I have been able to find) to feed the bunch. My barbequing set up is a New Braunfels Cattleman offset firebox pit and I use lump charcoal as my fuel with the desired wood chips as my flavor. I have learned how to successfully control temperature although the cooler winter temperatures (Portland, OR) will add some challenge for me. Finishing time is very important since I will have a gathered crowd celebrating the Christmas Eve festivities, I would hate to suffer from a poor estimation of cooking time. By barbecuing two roasts simultaneously how will that affect my cooking duration? What would your recommendation be? Any input on technique, times, temperature, and preparation would be extremely helpful.
Mark Jones, Portland, OR
Thanks for the kind words.
Click into the FAQs and read "Standing Rib Roast" for technique and seasoning. Two roasts will not retard the cooking if you maintain the temperature. And, actually, you want to ROAST (350°) not BARBECUE (210°) rib roasts. Click into "According to Smoky" and read the "Glossary" for the distinctions.
Put the roasts on a rack over a shallow pan containing about 1/4" of water to keep the first drippings from burning. Rub with the mixture mentioned above. Take the meat off when the center reaches 135° and allow it to sit for 12-15 minutes for the juices to set while you deglaze the pan, pour off the oil, correct the seasonings and pour up the good stuff. Slice across the grain. Serve the Aw Juice (that's Southern) on the side. Allow about 2 hours total time from start to slicing but depend upon your recently calibrated thermometers for cooking temperature and internal temperature.