How The Perfect Prime Rib Is Made At New York’s The Grill — The Meat Show

How The Perfect Prime Rib Is Made At New York’s The Grill — The Meat Show


– We’re at The Grill today in
the former Four Seasons space, one of the most iconic
rooms in all of New York. Speaking of iconic, Chef Mario Carbone is here to cook prime
rib, my favorite dish. He says he’s perfected it,
let’s find out if he has. (driving hard rock music) – During the ’50s and the ’60s, I think prime rib got
a terrible reputation. It really fell into disrepute. I think largely because of
weddings and catering affairs we have this sort of blob of gray beef that gets sliced off, it’s always overdone,
it’s never cooked right. But, you’re bringing it
back, tell me about that. – We are, we’re bringing it back. It’s obviously as important as you said. It’s a key dish to have
on a menu of this style. – So tell me about the process that you, I mean you must have
gone through sous-viding and roasting and, – We went through every
distributor, every farm, we went through every cooking technique, and we landed on probably
the oldest one, right? Spit-roasting. The first thing we do
is take the bones off, which is abnormal, and
then that slab of bone is treated as barbecue. So it’s a 12 hour smoke. It gets a dry rub, close to
a Montreal style seasoning. So by taking the bones off,
also it exposes that cap, that underbelly, so we can
clean that up really nicely, we can get a perfect eye. We tie it really tight so that it’s as uniform a size as possible, that gets its own dry rub, and then it goes on a spit-roast. Takes about four hours
depending on the weight. It cools for upwards of two more hours, and then right before service starts, it gets a second rub and a
second application of spice, to really make sure we
have a heavy, heavy crust. And then at that point,
it goes into a very hot convection oven and you
really set the crust without warming the inside again. – [Nick] And you’re basically
just reducing that as to, – Yeah, this is like a one minute, 475 blasted, don’t let it
get warm again inside, you don’t want the juices running. – [Nick] And then that goes onto the cart? – [Mario] that goes onto the cart. It’s not this thing that’s just steaming all night in the wagon. – [Nick] which is what gave prime rib its terrible reputation. – That and shitty weddings. – Yeah, exactly. – We buy a prime, not aged beef. And I know that devastates you. – It doesn’t devastate me. – It devastates you.
– It doesn’t. – You’re a dry-aged–
– Because a dead anim– it doesn’t devastate me. I happen to love the flavor of aged beef. – To a point of potential detriment. – Well, it’s that to me, it’s the height of luxury, it’s the height of the artisanal craft of the butcher. – [Mario] Let me explain to you why I don’t believe it’s
appropriate for this dish. – I’m all ears.
– Across the board, this is a slow, long cook. Over time, especially the way we do it, ours is spit-roasted. It’s losing water weight, it’s intensifying. Everything that happens during
the process of dry-aging is sort of happening in a sped up way while we’re cooking it. – [Nick] You’re expelling
moisture in the same way that the aging process–
– and intensifying flavor – Right. – Every time that we tried to do that with an already aged product, it was way too intense. The one prime rib you offer, for us, for here, should
not be that intense. – And I totally get that. So I think that we have sort of talked about this enough. I think it’s time that we tried it. – Bring the wagon. – It’s all about me eating. This is sort of the grand tradition. – [Mario] Yes, and there’s a conversation that’s had with the
customer, “Thin or thick?” and then once he’s done that, he’ll offer to put the jus over the top, and then potentially ask if you’d like fresh grated horseradish
over the top of that, and then it comes with
a side of Dijon mustard and horseradish cream. – Alright well this is
magnificent looking. And I see what you’re saying. I mean it honestly looks
like you sous-vide this. It’s edge-to-edge medium rare. Tell me about the jus, ’cause it smells, – [Mario] The jus is made from brisket, so it’s a costly jus,
but it’s very intense for it not having that tacky bone quality. – I mean I can’t really stand in front of a prime rib this long and not try some, so I think we should just get stuck in. And of course, I’m going
to start at the edge. Wow, look at the bone. It looks like barbecue. It looks like a Memphis dry rub. – [Mario] It is 100% barbecue. – [Nick] There we go. Wow, the- God, it really is that
Montreal style seasoning. You can smell the pepper, the horseradish is really pungent, but then there is this
underlying beefy smell, and a lot of that I’m sure is the jus but it’s also the prime rib. Okay, I’m going in. Wow. First of all the crunch on the outside, it’s like the sear on a steak. This has got such a great beef flavor, but you are getting that
heat from the pepper, the Montreal style seasoning. The horseradish obviously
just cuts right through it and gives it that tang that
kind of excites the palate, but then there is a really
profound beefiness to it and it’s just like a long braise, right? You’re getting those deep, deep notes. I have to notice, the texture you can just pull this apart. It’s that tender. Look at that. – Seems the Englishman’s
eating the American cut, and the American’s eating
the Englishman’s cut. – It looks like I’ve learned
something from being here. So let’s talk about the English cut versus the American cut. because growing up in England, that was just called prime rib. You would never eat this much beef traditionally in England. This is like American exceptionalism on a plate right here. Right, it’s like- – It’s excessive Americanism. – Well yeah, cuts just
get bigger and bigger, 16, 20 ounces. But traditionally, and
on a roast beef cart they would just carve off tender slivers of roast beef, right? Very much like that. – Nine out of 10 of our
customers choose this. It’s a very very rare person who wants the English cut,
but it was important to us that we trained
the team how to do it. Now we’re ready for it. – As delicious and compelling as that is, and I will get back to you in short order. – This may not be a knife and fork moment. – Wow, look at that. Look at the color of that. It’s cooked slowly all the way through, but you haven’t hammered it. If that was barbecue it
would be gray, right? – [Mario] Yeah, we don’t want that. – Let’s go in there. Wow. – You can’t possibly get that from carving it to order off the roast. – No. – You’ll fight with all the meat around it and you won’t get any of that love. – It’s amazing, I mean it
really feels like barbecue, it has a crust, it’s
tender and supple inside, but the flavor is much more classic steak house. Peppery, it’s got some
heat to it, it’s nice. I’m not willing to give up on the aging, just saying but I respect, listen, you know a lot more
about cooking than I do. – I just don’t want your
preconceived notions to infiltrate all situations. Is this going to knock off Smith and Wollensky’s
as your top prime rib, I want to know that right now. – Probably not, but I would
much rather eat in this room. So what I’ll do is I’ll sneak over there, I’ll bring a prime rib with me. – What is it, what is it about Smith and Wollensky’s? – The thing that I love
about Smith and Wollensky is that I’ve been going there since I could afford to eat out. That’s the meal that I had with my dad for the first time there, and that is just resounded in my memory. Hopefully I won’t have to
choose for a long time, I’ll just be eating both of them. But that said, this is absolutely spectacular. The craft, the love
that has gone into this. The fact that it is so
referential to the past yet satisfies the modern carnivore, I think is a testament to its greatness. – You are the modern carnivore. – Chef, thank you so much.
– My pleasure. – It was a real pleasure. Thank you so much for watching. I’m going to sit here
and argue about prime rib with Mario and eat more prime rib. I will see you on the next episode of the Meat Show. – This is Filipino barbecue. Always served on a stick, must be marinated overnight, and always gets the same kind of sweet, tangy sauce. (guitar chord)

100 thoughts on “How The Perfect Prime Rib Is Made At New York’s The Grill — The Meat Show”

  1. Why can't this guy just say that it's a great piece of beef? Why does he make something so simple so complicated? That prime rib looks delicious! Period! Wish I was there!

  2. There is a steakhouse in DC Metro area that has some nice steaks just like this. It’s there last weekend and well, they were perfect. It was cheap too.

  3. That ‘chef’ sounds like an arrogant arse. Implying that his concoction is better than the S&W‘s is a low class move.

  4. Yo.
    This food show sucks.
    All this guy ever eats is steaks.
    Expensive steaks at fancy-ass restaurants.
    Of course it's going to be good.

  5. Chef Mario Carbone looking at Nick Solares saying to himself Nick you an idiot get off the your dry aged horse.

  6. Dry aged beef is not pleasant at all when it's dried for over a month, 21 to 25 days is the sweet spot for me.

  7. The chef actually knows what he’s on about through experience and skill, rather than the interviewer who I feel has actually been exposed here a little he doesn’t even know why he likes dry aged beef he doesn’t know anything

  8. The host is essentially the culinary version of one of those super fat, out of shape guys, without an athletic bone in their body who love to act like they are an authority on insert sport of your choice despite the fact they haven't played on a Team since middle school and even then were only on the team because they didn't cut anyone.

  9. The chefs comment on dry aging is so true that every time Nick tasted dry aged prime he thought it was not so good. Chef knows his stuff

  10. Chef told him politely its not a knife and fork moment. Continues to eat with the knife and fork. Nick your ducking stupid. Fersureee you have no friends

  11. The Chef is confident and committed to his decision concerning this dish. I’d be honored to dine at his restaurant anytime!

  12. I just have a hard time trusting someone who reviews while the chef is sitting at the same table. Now Nick was honest and said it’s not gonna become his number one, but still.

  13. This is the best!! I love that that dude gets in your face about dry aging. Dry aging is wonderful I just love to see a guy passionately argue a counterpoint

  14. Finished in a microwave!!! I guess if you have a fat bank account and if you're nose touches you're forehead its great. Prime rib is a BBQ cut period!

  15. 'the fact that it's so referential to the past, yet satisfies the modern carnivore'

    Hold up, am I watching a poetry or a steak review video??

  16. These snobs must be really wealthy to scoff at prime rib served at a wedding. They must’ve had wagyu and Cirque de Soleil performing at their parties. Jackasses.

  17. Something about this guy just sucks. Maybe it’s just that he’s got no business with having sleeve tattoos as a beta male, or his overall pretentious, douchey attitude. I don’t know, I just don’t like him. Get yourself a new host.

  18. You see I don't take anything that Nick has to say too seriously cause he seems too snobby and pretenscious about food that it kinda bothers me. I don't know if he has experience in cooking industry or has mastered the work being an actually food analyst like in epicurious videos. You can tell easily though that he definetly is kinda suspect with his tattoo sleeves. Tattoos are not bad or unprofessional but tattoos sleeves are a whole other commitment. He also seems bias towards one way of food should prepared that makes him discrediting of his reviews. Like I agree with the chef that dry aging would kill concept of prime rib if your slow cooking it. I am no food specialist of any sort but I love food and respect any preparation of the dish.

  19. I had an unlimited Prime rib dinner , for $21 , with a bunch of Canadians ,near the boorder they laughed when I asked for medium , I endend up with 4 slices of medium rare , one guy did 5 slices of rare . it was great

  20. I’d love to have this prime rib but I’d tell em to put a torch to it till there’s little to no pink. They’ll prolly kick me out 🤣 oh well. I feel like I’ll be eating a live cow.

  21. Fighting someone’s memories of a great meal out with their dad. Yeah, yours could be the best in the world (and, to me, it looks like that’s possible) and it’ll still never top the memory meal. ♥️

  22. I cant believe a place as classy as the Grill would allow a disgusting skinhead / fat hipster like nick solares to soil their establishment with his presence.

  23. When did Prime Rib ever fall out of fashion? Seriously? It's the top choice on ANY steak House in America and has been for sixty years or more. Most top dining restaurants in the US (Classic American or "Continental European") would have it as well.It's the carved steak that has varied between London Broil, Sirloin, T-Bone/Porterhouse, and Ribeye over time.But the Prime Rib has been the King of Beef uncontested for so long that I can't imagine a time when it wasn't the hoity toity food. This chef is blowing smoke for some unknown reason.

  24. When you’re a professional critique, you don’t afford yourself the premise to be opening biased without direction. His prime rib was amazing; you don’t get to overshadow that with nostalgia

  25. Nick about to eat the dry rib-

    Chef: “I don’t think this is a fork and knife moment”
    Nick: uses his fork and knife anyway

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