Costco Prime Rib 2016

Costco Prime Rib

One of the best deals Costco has is prime rib roast. It’s one of the best cuts of meat you can buy and the price can be fairly reasonable compared to some other cuts. When you look at the cost at other stores you can often find that Costco Prime grade meat is the same cost as Choice grade at other supermarkets. Right now the cost of Beef Rib Roast Bone In Standing Rib USDA Prime (Costco Item #34230) is $14.99/lb. You can also buy the Seasoned Prime Rib Bone In USDA Choice (Costco item #36237) for $10.69/lb. These prices are in the Bay Area region and may vary throughout the country.

Prime Rib Cooking Instructions

Prime Rib Cooking Instructions

We really like the flavor of the pre-seasoned prime rib at Costco. It has whole garlic cloves stuffed inside of it and is rubbed with an olive oil and steak rub. Another benefit is that it comes with cooking instructions, and when you’re spending $100 – $200 on a piece of meat you definitely don’t want to mess it up. On the downside, we noticed that all the Costco Prime Rib is blade tenderized. While this makes the meat more tender, it also potentially introduces bacteria. Therefore, you have to cook the meat to 160 degrees minimum internally, which is well done. For the folks that like their prime rib rare this won’t work. However, it’s quite likely you’ll never have an issue with this and you’ve likely been eating steaks that have been blade tenderized for years.

Beef Rib Roast Bone In Standing Rib USDA Prime

Beef Rib Roast Bone In Standing Rib USDA Prime

Costco specially stocks the prime rib around the holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Around Christmas you’ll find the largest selection of prime rib on sale. You’ll see hundreds in the open meat cases. They’ll often sell out very quickly and you can find a line to get in the store in the morning for the chance to pick one up before they’re gone. For the most part, you’ll find them still in stock, just don’t expect to get one at the end of the night. Also, if they’re all out you should check with the meat department, as quite often they’ll be in the back packaging up some more. Since a fresh prime rib only lasts for about 5 days everyone will rush to get one the week/weekend before Christmas. Another option would be to get one ahead of time and freeze it. If you’re not set on serving one on Christmas day you can always find one after Christmas, quite often on sale for as cheap as $3.99/lb, as their expiration date is coming up and demand has dropped. You’d have to check with Costco every morning to find this discount though, as it sells out very quickly when it comes around. Hope you find exactly what you’re looking for!

If you’re looking for even more information on Costco prime rib you can also read our 2014 and 2011 posts:
Costco Prime Rib Roast 2014
Costco Prime Rib Roast 2011

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  • Ed Dersch

    “Another option would be to get one ahead of time and freeze it.”
    Better yet, dry age the roast, you’ll get a more tender and flavorful steak.

    • Paul Stephens

      How do you dry age?

      • Ed Dersch

        Remove roast from packaging, rinse well. Pat completely dry, wrap with 3 layers cheesecloth. Place on a rack on a sheet pan in back of refrigerator, fat side up. After 24 hours, remove, unwrap, discard cheesecloth and wrap with a fresh piece. Place back in refrigerator for 6 to 9 days undisturbed.
        Remove roast from refrigerator. Remove cheesecloth, cut away the fat and trim the ends and any discolored parts of roast.

        • Gumbo Man

          Thanks, so no necessary to have dedicated frig with circulating air? Is it okay to go longer than 9 days? How’s the taste & tenderness compared to dry aged steaks at steak houses? Thanks!

        • Gabriel

          Cut away the fat??? That’s some of the best part right there…unless there’s something about the Dry aging process I’m not understanding…

          • Ed Dersch

            This is the one down side of dry aging. A thin outer layer of meat/fat is sacrificed to spoilage during the process, requiring you to trim it off before cooking. It sounds like a waste, but trust me, the results are worth it!

  • fireflyeyes

    I dry age mine 9-10 days every year. Much better that way!

  • ken hulse

    7.99 at raleys right now so whats up Costco

  • Scott McEuen

    No big deal…prime rib roast at Winco for $4.98/lb.

    • bballron43

      winco does not sell prime prIme rib, BIG DIFFERENCE. iF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN TO DINNER AT MASTROS OR ANY 5* STEAKHOUSE YOU WOULD KNOW THE DIFFERENCE. WINCO SELLS SELECT WHICH IS SECOND TO THE LOWEST GRADE OF BEEF NEXT TO BAELONI BULL. Quality costs, sorry for the caps

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