Prime Rib - How much per person?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by mfreel, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

    For a bone-in PR, what's the recommendation for pounds per person?  A normal person, not a fat guy like me.
  2. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I usually just count bones. 2 people per bone. I think that's maybe 12oz per person or so.
  3. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

  4. Uncooked I would go 12OZ per person for an average person. I know people who eat a lot larger cut. But then some a lot smaller cut.

    Happy smoken.

  5. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

  6. I have always budgeted by the bone - like Mdboatbum.  I start at one bone per person.  that gives you a 1.5-2" thick piece of meat - the entire diameter of the rib.  That is very large, only the most dedicated finish one of these off.  Then I look at who are my guests.  Many women and some of the guys are happier with a half portion.  I make those adjustments, then add 1-2 bones to be sure I have plenty (I'd rather have leftovers, then go short).

    One of the common preparations for prime rib is to cut the bone 99% off the meat, then tie it back with butchers twine.  If you do this, then it is easy to separate the bones after cooking and cut a bone slice portion in half - or take 2-3 bones off and slice thinner portions.

    I never smoke anything smaller than 5 bones - you can get 7 and 9 bone ribs fairly easily.  Last one I did, I had a 5-bone rib and two men and two women, but everyone loved prime rib.  The 5th bone was left over, but 4 bones disappeared!

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