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Poor Mans Prime Rib

Poor Man’s Prime Rib Recipe: Delicious and Budget-Friendly Main Dish


Delicious and inexpensive, this poor man’s prime rib is the ideal main dish for celebrations and formal dinners. Prepare a whole dinner for less than half the price while still enjoying succulent meat chops.


  • Round roast of beef, weighing three pounds
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Properly Preparing Poor Man’s Prime Rib

  1. Preheat the Oven: Get the oven hot, about 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius).
  2. Season the Roast: Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to the roast before placing it in a baking dish or roasting pan. Do not add water or cover.
  3. Cooking Process: Put the roast in the oven when it’s ready to cook. Turn down the heat to 475 °F, or 245 °C. Allow the roast to rest in the preheated oven for two and a half hours after roasting for 21 minutes (or seven minutes per pound). At this very moment, you must not open the door.
  4. Check Internal Temperature: Roasts should be taken out of the oven when their internal temperatures reach 145 degrees Fahrenheit (65 degrees Celsius). Before serving, thinly slice the meat.

Tips for Success:

  • Ensure the oven is properly preheated to achieve the desired sear on the meat.
  • Resist the temptation to open the oven door during the cooking process to maintain consistent heat.
  • Use a meat thermometer to accurately gauge the internal temperature of the roast for perfect doneness.


Q: Can I use other cuts of beef for this recipe?
A: While round roast is ideal, you can experiment with other cuts, but cooking times may vary.


Q: Can I marinate the meat before cooking?
A: While this recipe doesn’t call for marinating, you can certainly experiment with different flavor profiles by marinating the meat beforehand.

Q: Can I adjust the seasoning to suit my taste preferences?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the seasoning quantities to your liking to personalize the flavor of the roast.

By following these simple steps, you can create a delectable poor man’s prime rib that’s sure to impress your guests without breaking the bank. Enjoy your budget-friendly feast!