Rib of beef: how to cook the perfect Sunday roast

Wondering how to cook rib of beef for your weekend roast? It's one of the most satisfying joints of meat to cook – with a bit of know-how from us, that is

How to cook rib of beef
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Want to know how to cook rib of beef? The preferred roasting cut of many a chef, rib of beef can produce delicious, succulent meat, so long as it's cooked correctly. There are three main criteria for a successful rib of beef roast: correct temperature, correct timing, and proper resting afterwards. 

Resting the meat is very important to ensure it's succulent and moist; serve it too soon after cooking and you're likely to experience issues with the texture of the meat and bleeding. 

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To cook your rib of beef, you will need:


1. Start by lining the baking tray with greaseproof paper or foil; then scatter the chopped veggies evenly at the bottom of the tray.

2. Preheat your oven to 220ºC/gas mark 7.

3. Rub the joint with salt and seasoning, working it in.

4. Place the joint on top of the veggies. You may wish to drizzle with a little oil, if only to prevent the vegetables from burning. The meat itself doesn't require oil thanks to the fat content in the rib joint.

5. Place the joint on the bottom shelf of the hot oven and cook for around 20 minutes. You should start to see some browning on the outside.

6. After 20 minutes, reduce the heat to gas mark 3/170ºC. Now roast for 20 minutes per every 500 grams of your joint. So, a kilo of rib will need 40 minutes, and so on. This is the standard timing for medium roast, which will have well done meat on the outside, and some pink meat on the inside. If you prefer your roast rare, reduce timing to 10 to 15 minutes per 500 grams; if you want the whole joint very well done, increase cooking time to 25 to 30 minutes per 500 grams.

7. When the roast is done, leave to stand for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with the roast vegetables, horseradish, and/or gravy.