Ribeye or Rib Roast?

Discussion in 'Meat Selection and Processing' started by tbakko, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. Can anyone tell me the difference between these 2 cuts of meat? Both are available locally & both look good, but one is a lot

    cheaper. I will admit right now that I am meat cut challenged [​IMG]

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  2. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Rib roast is a Prime Rib and the Ribeye is a steak cut from the Rib roast prior to cooking. Good looking price on the roast.
     
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    If my understanding is correct which I'm not sure it is. A Prime Rib Roast is cut from a Ribeye just as the Whole Beef Rib Roast is but the Prime one is cut from a Ribeye that was graded as Prime instead of select or choice.  Many people will call a Rib Roast a Prime Rib Roast even tho its not Prime grade. One of the ads is also bone in and the other is boneless. Around my area its unusual to find a "Prime" graded rib roast since they are more expensive generally
     
  4. tigerregis

    tigerregis Meat Mopper

    Primal rib>short ribs

                   rib roast>5bones from loin end=prime rib roast

                                 2bones chuck end=standing rib roast

    Rib-eye is the fillet of dorsal maximus muscle. A rib -eye steak is a filet cut from the fillet.

    All steaks are filets because they are cut across the grain. An eye of the round is a fillet.

    Filet mignon is a steak cut from the tenderloin, which is a fillet.

    NB.The terms filet and fillet are NOT interchangeable.
     
  5. tigerregis

    tigerregis Meat Mopper

    Seriously, there are numerous sites which discuss the cuts and names. Pretty much everything above is incorrect or misleading.

    Prime in the case of ribs is numerical and has nothing to with grade.
     
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    tbakko,

    If they're both choice, or both prime, the only difference is the price (and bone in/no bone)--in my book.

    I just bought 4 "Choice" standing rib roasts (avg 5.5 lbs) yesterday for $5.99 per pound (bone in). That is me stocking up for a few months at the best price I've seen in my neck of the woods in years. I got 3 last year for that price too (smoked the one and was better than any "Prime Rib" I have ever had).

    Most of the time around here, the standing rib roasts are "choice" bone in, and the "Choice" Ribeyes are cut into steaks, without the bone.

    The best price I ever see around here for them is $5.99 for the "bone in" standing rib roast & $6.99 for the Ribeye steaks.

    If those are choice or better, I'd take a freakin' wheelbarrow to that store quick!

    Bear
     
  7. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    These are both cut from the standing rib roast.  The word "prime" in the so called "prime rib" is meaningless as pertains to quality grading.  The USDA allows the use of the term "prime rib" for a standing rib roast,regardless of the quality grade of the carcass from which it is obtained.  The "rib eye" is simply a portion cut from the standing rib roast and the "rib eye" may be cut as a roast or as steaks.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_rib_roast
     
  8. smokinbrent

    smokinbrent Newbie

    To me it doesnt matter WHAT the packaging says.... LOOK for good marbling and modest fat cap. The marbling is what makes the roast.

    Brent
     
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Now I have always thought that they were the same hunk of meat and I'll take all of those 2.98lbs roast that they will let me have. Winn Dixie here in Fla had them for 3.99 lb bone-in rib roast and I got 3 whole ones before they said I could have anymore. So I went back later that night and got another one.
     
  10. I'm thinking the only difference in those pictures is that one is boneless hence the higher price.
     

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