Best Beef Cookbooks: Prime Rib, Meatloaf, Steak, Filet Mignon, Preparations

Throwing a hamburger on the grill is quick and easy, but you’re missing a world of tasteful opportunity by ignoring the myriad of ways beef can be prepared. We’ve collected a short list of a great beef cookbooks that will add some zest to your next meaty meal and definitely impress your hungry family or house guests!

Planning and preparing a good beef meal can be a challenge: storing the meat, thawing it (if necessary), marinating, making rubs, adding the right spices, and cooking it to perfection requires time and patience. For those that don’t have time to experiment, there are a few great beef oriented cookbooks for sale that offer outstanding recipes and clear preparation instructions. Some of the dishes are more complicated compared to others, so start off slow before you head for a gourmet quality meal.

1. Michael Symon’s Carnivore: 120 Recipes for Meat Lovers 

Michael Symon is one of the United States’ preeminent chefs and restaurant owners. He made a splash on the hit TV show Iron Chef where he had the highest winning percentage across all challenges. Symon is also famous for his Cleveland, Ohio restaurants The B Spot and Lola, Lolita, and largely credited with reviving the city’s restaurant scene.

120 Recipes for Meat Lovers isn’t exclusively limited to beef alone, but is instead directed towards those with a carnivorous palette. Fans of Symon’s book recommend his recipes for Broiled Porterhouse with Garlic and Lemon, Ribs with Cleveland BBQ Sauce, Braised Chicken Thighs with Kale and Chiles, Lamb Moussaka, and Bacon-Wrapped Rabbit Legs. Chef Symon also includes a complete section of side dishes, just in case you needed the perfect companion to one of his unique creations.

The book is priced to sell. Michael Symon is no slouch, earning an award from the James Beard Foundation

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2. Primal Cuts: Cooking with America’s Best Butchers

Author Marissa Guggiana comes from a long line of meat connoisseurs. Ms. Guggiana is a noted food activist and writer. She traveled across the nation to compile an array of tasty meat dishes carefully compiled into her user-friendly cookbook. Guggiana intersperses stories from each chef she interviewed and color preparation photos among her recipes. It’s as fun to read as it is to make one of the recipes!

Hardcore meat lovers will also love her practical advice for visiting a butcher shop, tips on buying the best cuts of meat, and ways to butcher your own meat. Clear diagrams, how-tos, and pictures will be of assistance to the novice and expert chef alike. Those already familiar with butchering and meat preparation will enjoy her disclosure of many trade secrets previously known only to the nation’s leading chefs and restaurants.

Guggiana’s recipes for Roast Beef rank among the favorites from this cookbook. Considering all the detail and photos included, the price is very reasonable and well worth your hard earned dollar.

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3. The Complete Meat Cookbook

Authors Bruce Aidells and Denis Kelly don’t mince words 🙂 in their powerhouse 604 page guide to making restaurant quality meat dishes. And no, this isn’t some one-off venture into the butcher shop for some secret recipes: both Aidells and Kelly have written extensively on meat preparation, history, recipes, and carnivore culture over the years. Their combined experience, expert knowledge, and entertaining prose produce an enjoyable and highly informative read for any fan of meat.

The Complete Meat Cookbook does NOT trim the fat when it comes to educating its readers. Instead, Aidells and Kelly literally start from the beginning of time, describing the evolution of the kitchen, meat preparation, butchering, and cooking methods. They include extensive illustrations, photos, and simple instructions for replicating their expert techniques. Whether you’re new to the stove or a professional chef looking for great reference material, this book literally starts from scratch and teaches you everything you need to know. This is meat done the right way!

Recipes span the proverbial food rainbow, with easy left over meat preps, tasty Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches, and hearty meatloaf; right up to gourmet level Braised Beef Shanks with Coconut Milk, and meat recipes from points East utilizing Ginger and Cumin. Even the pickiest of eaters will not be disappointed with this smorgasborg of carnivore creations.

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4. Steak Lover’s Cookbook

Noted Chicago Tribune food writer Bill Rice put pen to paper and created an interesting read about steak preparation, not to mention a dense writing style that might initially off-putting for some readers. No worries: if you skim through the prose and go to the recipes, you won’t be disappointed. Rice delivers some amazing ways to prepare steak, featuring a variety of styles, marinades, and cooking techniques.

What sells us are the intricate, delectable ways to make steak other than tossing it on the grill. Rice rolls out recipes for Steak Broiled in a Salt Crust and Sliced T-bone with Asian-Flavored Watercress. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, he adds a brief section about the best side dishes for steak. Making Okra or big Steak Fries to go with any of Rice’s creations is a breeze.

Even if cooking isn’t your forte, Rice includes some brief commentary on the nation’s leading steakhouses, great for those who travel frequently and want something to eat besides fast food. This 256 page paperback is a steal and you can get it for less than $2 from those selling used copies. Meat purists meet your maker!

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5. The River Cottage Meat Book

This book sold like hotcakes in Great Britain, where the author, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, calls home. It became an “underground hit”, flying off shelves and into meat lovers hands who quietly enjoyed this cookbook’s delicious recipes that just about anyone could complete with basic cooking knowledge. Now, this British meat cooking thriller has been tailored for America, where it has developed its own cult following, gracing the shelves of meat-loving cooks across the country.

More than a collection of recipes, The River Cottage Meat Book imparts important wisdom about sustainable meat production, proper storage procedures, cooking techniques, and processing methods that ensure quality tasting food that can be enjoyed for years to come, with minimal waste and due respect for the environment. Fearnley-Whittingstall also provides detailed illustrations and photos for those less acquainted with meat to catch-up to his paradigm shifting ideas.

Be prepared to learn how just about everything from the slaughterhouse can be utilized, top-to-bottom (we’ll let you read to find out more). At 544 pages, this durable and thought provoking hardcover is well worth the ticket price, and you’ll be referencing it for years to come as your cooking moves to the next level.

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Cook something beefy worth bragging about – buy one the best beef cookbooks in world now and make your next meal one to remember.

March 2013 and Beyond Sandwich/Hoagie/Grinder Specials at Top Restaurant Chains

Hungry for a sandwich and not interested in a greasy hamburger? Have a look at these promotions from the nation’s leading sandwich shops. All are valid for March 2013, and some expire much later. These deals can’t be beat!

“Roast Beef on wheat, American cheese, toasted, then lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pepper, and real mayonaise!”… is what you’ve probably uttered a few times when opting for a sandwich over a fast-food hamburger or chicken meal. Yes, even though restaurants like Subway do prepare their food on the fly, it is markedly healthier compared to more traditional fast food vendors. Conscientious eaters can enjoy a meal that won’t pack on unnecessary pounds or boost unhealthy cholesterol numbers.

March 2013 Sandwich/Hoagie/Grinder Specials at Top Restaurant Chains
*Note: Where indicated, some of these offers expire long after March, so you have plenty of time to get a great sandwich at an amazing price!

Subway Restaurants*

  • $5 Featured Footlong Sandwich – Ends 5/31/2013 – Enjoy a scrumptious footlong sandwich for just 5 bucks at your nearest Subway. Featured sandwiches may change during the course of the promotion.
  • March Everyday Value Subs – Ends 3/31/2013 – A 6 inch Oven Roasted Sandwich costs only $3, while a footlong Buffalo Chicken sandwich is just $6. Chicken is flavorful and much leaner than beef, and Subway’s tasty sauces will delight your palette. $5 footlongs include Black Forest Ham, Veggie Delite, Egg and Cheese, B.L.T., and Cold Cut Combo.
  • $3 Breakfast Combo – Ends 5/31/2013 – Get a 6″ Breakfast sandwich and drink of your choice. Subway is rolling out some amazing breakfast specials that will give the burger joints a run for their money!

Firehouse Subs Restaurants*

Quiznos Subs Restaurants*

Arby’s Restaurants*

We hope you enjoy these great March promotions! Grab a sandwich, chips, and soda for March Madness 2013 and cheer on your favorite college basketball team. Some of these promos expire soon, so get while the getin’ is good!

*Subway, Firehouse Subs, Quiznos, and Arby’s Restaurants are registered trademarks of their respective owners. This article is for informational purposes only. was not compensated by any of the aforementioned companies or their subsidiaries for placement within this post. Please visit each company’s website or your closest restaurant for further information.

Prime Rib and Pasta Recipes – Filling, Hearty, and Super Easy to Make

30 minutes, a good stove, and a love of pasta will cook this fine prime rib dish that will fill your belly. The protein of prime rib combined with the powerful carbohydrates found in pasta is perfect for people who exercise vigorously, lift weights, or enjoy aerobic activities.

Click to Jump to O’Charley’s Prime Rib Pasta Recipe

Youtube: Prime Rib Pasta in 4 one-minute Parts – Playlist & Recipe

Prime Rib and Pasta is just 30 minutes away. This hearty dish is easy to prepare – especially with leftover rib – and served with vegetables makes a great well-rounded meal. Fans of Italian cooking might want to add some form of tomato sauce, while other might opt to dress their pasta al freddo (with cheese). Either way, this one is a winner for your hungry family in desperate need of an energy boost.

Leftover Prime Rib with Pasta
Serves: 4


Preparation Instructions:

  1. Cook the pasta al dente or to your preferred texture.
  2. In a large skillet saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil.
  3. Add the prime rib pieces.
  4. Sprinkle on the flour trying to avoid lumps.
  5. Add the black pepper, parsley, and thyme.
  6. Stir well to ensure that the flour is evenly distributed.
  7. Add the beef broth and reduce heat to a simmer.
  8. Simmer until the sauce is the thickness you desire.
  9. Add in the cooked penne pasta and toss well to combine.

Prep Time: 5 minutes – Cooking Time: 30 minutes (may vary on stove power) – Ready to Serve: Upon completion of preparation instructions.

Source: Leftover Prime Rib with Pasta Recipe

Here’s another crowd pleaser: O’Charley’s Prime Rib Pasta Recipe. This preparation will take a bit longer, but the unmistakable taste and rich flavors will WOW whoever is putting fork to mouth. The Horseradish required for this recipe has its own instructions and ingredients listed below.

O’Charley’s Prime Rib Pasta
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Preparation Instructions:

  1. Rub Cajun spice into the surface of the meat. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit while you prepare the sauce and pasta. (The rub will actually begin to “cure” the meat.)
  2. For the sauce, melt butter in a large saucepan which will be large enough to accommodate the pound of cooked pasta, and saute onion until it becomes translucent. Mix in the flour to make a roux. Gradually add chicken broth and allow thickening. Remove from heat and whisk in Parmesan. Immediately cover surface of sauce with a sheet of plastic wrap and set aside briefly.
  3. Bring a pot of water to boil for the pasta.
  4. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Cook the sun-dried tomatoes for a few minutes, then with a slotted spoon transfer them to the cheese sauce and whisk in. Cover the pot of sauce and set aside. Reserve the skillet and all the bits in it for the meat.
  5. Boil the pasta until al dente and drain. Add the cooked pasta to the saute pan containing the sauce and fold to coat pasta. Season with salt and pepper, as needed. Keep covered in a warm place while you cook the steak.
  6. Over medium high heat, sear the steaks and cook to your liking. Slice steaks into bite sized pieces and serve over pasta. You can either cook the veggies (mushrooms and asparagus) with the steak or seperately. In a seperate pan, while cooking the steak, crisp your bacon.

Prep Time: 25 minutes – Cooking Time: Up to 2 hours (may vary on stove power) – Ready to Serve: When bacon is crisped and the entire preparation is complete.

Cajun Horseradish Sauce for O’Charley’s Recipe
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Preparation Instructions:

  1. Heat all ingredients in a saucepan. Blend well, using a whisk. Immediately upon simmer; remove from heat.

Source: O’Charley’s Prime Rib Pasta Recipe


We hope you enjoy these amazing pasta and prime rib dishes! They could literally feed an army. 🙂

Prime Rib Soup Recipes, Best Ingredients, Spices, and Seasonings

Don’t let leftover prime rib go to waste! If you have a quiet afternoon planned, make yourself busy preparing and cooking delicious prime rib soup: it’s easy and all you have to do is let it simmer!

What to do with leftovers? That’s a common question, especially as food budgets tighten and money is in short supply. Instead of letting your roast die a slow death in the refrigerator, breath some life back into it using a few simple ingredients, beef broth, and your favorite spices to make a savory soup. We’ve listed some recipes and step-by-step instructions below.

Youtube Video: Hearty Beef and Barley Homemade Beef Soup

Important Preparation Tip: As with any meat soup production process, prime rib soup will require substantial time to cook and simmer. Actual time spent prepping the meat and accompaniments is very short: you just need a few hours to watch the stove or crock pot.

Suggested Beef Soup Cookbooks:

Let’s start off with an easy recipe featuring cooked prime rib, mushrooms, and potatoes.

Simple Prime Rib Soup Recipe
Serves: 4-6


Preparation Instructions:

  1. Place the ribs in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the meat is falling from the bones, about 2 hours. Remove the ribs and allow to cool. Trim the meat from the ribs and cut into bite sized pieces; refrigerate. Continue simmering the broth until reduced to 1 cup; refrigerate until the fat congeals to the top.
  2. Skim and discard the congealed fat. Pour the broth into a saucepan along with the meat trimmings, beef stock, potato, mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with chives to serve.

Prep Time: 15 minutes – Cooking Time: 3 hours 45 minutes (may vary on stove power) – Ready to Serve: 7 hours

Source: Prime Rib Soup – Shopping List Included On Webpage

Prime Rib and Barley Soup
Serves: 8


Preparation Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients except barley into a large pot (we use a ceramic cast iron pot)
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Cover, reduce heat and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes
  4. Add barley and cook for another 30 minutes or until barley is tender
  5. Remove bones and meat from pot and let cool enough to handle
  6. Remove meat from bones and chop all meat into bite size pieces
  7. Return meat to pot
  8. Serve (we serve with rolls)

Prep Time: 25 minutes – Cooking Time: 1-3 hours (may vary on stove power) – Ready to Serve: 4-5 hours (make sure meat is tender, barley is cooked, and soup has been stirred periodically)

Supplementary Source: – Prime Rib and Barley Soup, Adapted Recipe (with pictures)
Original Source: Prime Rib Beef Barley Soup

Prime Rib and Vegetable Soup
Serves: 10


Preparation Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients, through parsley, in a large pot
  2. Cook over medium heat for 1/2 hr
  3. Add barley and cook for another 1/2 hr
  4. Remove bones from pot and cool
  5. Remove meat from bones and cut into pieces
  6. Return meat to pot and then add potato and mixed vegetables
  7. Cook 1/2 hr until potatoes are cooked

Prep Time: 30 minutes – Cooking Time: 1.5 hours (may vary on stove power) – Ready to Serve: 2 hours (make sure meat is tender, all vegetables are thoroughly cooked, and soup has been stirred periodically)

Source: Recipe for Prime Rib and Vegetable Soup (also lists Nutritional Information)

Prime Rib, Wild Rice, and Mushroom Soup
Serves: 2-4, more servings if ingredients increased proportionally 


Preparation Instructions:

  1. Soak morel mushrooms in 2 cups boiling water until softened
  2. Remove morels and dice, reserving liquid
  3. Heat oil/fat and butter in a larger Dutch oven over medium high heat
  4. Add onions and cook until the onion is translucent
  5. Add the mushrooms and rosemary all at once
  6. Sauté the mushrooms for 2-3 minutes
  7. Add the sherry and deglaze the pan
  8. Then add the broth and reserved morel mushroom liquid
  9. Bring to a low boil, add the prime rib and the wild rice, salt and pepper to taste
  10. Whisk flour and cream together and slowly add to soup
  11. Bring back to a low boil, stirring occasionally until the soup thickens slightly
  12. Finish with the fresh chopped parsley and serve immediately

Prep Time: Up to 60 minutes *(mostly for cooking the wild rice) – Cooking Time: 1.5 hours (may vary on stove power) – Ready to Serve: 2 hours (make sure meat is tender, all vegetables are thoroughly cooked, rice is soft, and soup has been stirred periodically)

*Note on Rice: The Wild Rice in this recipe might need up to an hour of cooking time on its own before adding it to the soup. That’s why we suggested 60 minutes prep time, which will usually is enough to soften the rice. After that, add ingredients as instructed and cook like any other meat soup.

Source: Prime Rib, Wild Rice, and Mushroom Soup

We hope you enjoy our Prime Rib Soup Recipes. Please visit each source website for further cooking ideas, prep tips, and great side dishes!

Prime Rib Pizza – How to Make It – Where to Get It

Starving? Need a REALLY hearty meal? Prime Rib Pizza might be the cure to your hunger. We list links to recipes and great restaurants offering this amazing combo meal!

Prime Rib Pizza is not for the faint of heart or those with limited appetites: you might need your family to help eat this heavy, rich, and tasty combination of meat and pizza. Don’t feel like cooking? No problem, some restaurants are listed below that make their own version of Prime Rib Pizza.

Fair warning: 🙂 This meal will NOT benefit your low calorie diet. It will give your cholesterol medication a run for its money! You might need to exercise for about 10 hours after you eat a single piece of this scumptious pizza.

The following recipe works great with leftover Prime Rib from a dinner party or holiday meal. You might have to vary some of the seasoning in the pizza if your prime rib was prepared with a spicy or distinctive rub. That said, anything tastes good on pizza!

Source: Foodie Journey’s Prime Rib Pizza

Prime Rib Pizza Ingredients

  • 1 lb portion of the Master Boule Dough Recipe
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of Garlic Butter Zip Sauce
  • 1 Recipe for Parsley and Rosemary potatoes – below
  • 1 Recipe for Steakhouse Onion Rings – below
  • 12 oz (or more) of left over Prime Rib
  • 3 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Cornmeal, Grits, Semolina ( for pizza peel)
  • Fresh chopped Parsley for garnish

Ingredients for Parsley and Rosemary Potatoes

  • 3 Medium Red Skin Potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of good quality Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of Minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of Dried Rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon White Pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon of Salt

Preparation Instructions: Foodie Journey lists the ingredients and complete preparation instructions at its website, including pictures of each step in the cooking process. Please see Foodie Journey’s Prime Rib Pizza Page for further information.

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Don’t have time to cook? Just want to order out and enjoy? We’ve got some great restaurants offering Prime Rib Pizza below:

1. Bellefluer Restaurant
5610 Paseo Del Norte
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: (760) 603-1919

Menu: Bellefluer Restaurant Menu
Monday-Thursday 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday-Saturday 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am-9:00 pm


2. Di Lucca’s Pizzeria and Restaurant
274 Monmouth Rd
Millstone Township, NJ 08510
Phone: (732) 780-8300

Menu: Di Lucca’s Pizzeria and Restaurant Menu
Saturday 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Open 7 Days


3. Anchor Inn Restaurant Fresh Seafood and Prime Rib Pizza
790 E Broadway
Cape Vincent, New York 13618
Phone: (315) 654-3566
Menu: Call or visit for latest Menu Items
Website: Anchor Inn Cape Vincent New York – True Yellow Listing Page
Open for Dinner from 5:00 PM
Please call for current schedule


4. Falcon’s Bar and Grill
The Academy Hotel
8110 N Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Phone: (719) 278-7024
Menu: Falcon’s Bar and Grill Restaurant Menu
Website: Falcon’s Bar and Grill Webpage
Daily 6am – 10pm (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
Reservations Highly Suggested


5. Harry and Izzy’s Restaurant – 3 Locations in Indianpolis
153 South Illinois St.
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Phone: (317) 635-9594
Menu: Harry and Izzy’s Restaurant Menu
Website: Harry and Izzy’s Restaurant Website
Monday-Thursday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday-Saturday 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Sunday 12:00–9:00 pm
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Best Chain Restaurants for Prime Rib and Meat – Locate One Here

Just touched down in a new city on business, and wondering where to get a good meal? Is your family travel-weary and looking for a great beef meal at a reasonable price? Read on: We’ve got the best United States chain restaurants for Prime Rib, Steak, and other popular meats!

Everyone has their favorite steakhouse. In most cases, it is a single-restaurant operation, family owned, and not likely to be found outside your immediate area. So where do you go to get a great steak on the road? We’re glad you asked. has put together the following list of casual dining chain restaurants offering scrumptious beef meals that can’t be beat.

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1. Texas Roadhouse – Don’t mess with Texas! Forbes magazine rated this restaurant as one of the best chains in the nation for steaks and ribs. Reservations suggested, but not necessary.

Texas Roadhouse Restaurant Info, Location, and Menu

2. Carrabba’s Italian Grill – The menu isn’t beef-heavy, but Carrabba’s menu hits the spot. The Filet Fiorentina off the Wood Grill is amazing. give Carrabba’s a nod as one of the USA’s better eateries.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Restaurant Info, Location, and Menu

3. Outback Steakhouse – There’s something for everyone at the Outback, one of the Nation’s better known chain restaurants offering casual dining. Food is excellent but not many healthy choices for those counting calories.

Outback Steakhouse Restaurant Info, Location, and Menu

4. Cracker Barrel – Good old fashioned cooking and a friendly atmosphere are hallmarks of the Cracker Barrel chain restaurants. upgraded this chain’s ranking recently – this place is on the up and up!

Cracker Barrel Restaurant Info, Location, and Menu

Zip Code Location Search Closest Cracker Barrel Location
Online Menu Cracker Barrel Menu

5. Longhorn Steakhouse – With restaurants in 33 states, there’s a good chance “The Longhorn” is just around the corner. gave this restaurant high marks for quality of food.

Longhorn Steakhouse Restaurant Info, Location, and Menu

6. Golden Corral – Wholesome food, a massive buffet, and self service make this popular chain a winner even the pickiest of eaters. Got Kids? Great: Golden Corral was rated as highly kid friendly by

Golden Corral Restaurant Info, Location, and Menu

Zip Code Location Search Closest Golden Corral Location
Online Menu Golden Corral Menu

7. Applebee’s – Although food taste is middle of the road, Applebee’s speedy service can’t be beat. Plus, there are plenty of things to eat off its diverse menu, including multiple healthy choice entrees.

Applebee’s Restaurant Info, Location, and Menu

Zip Code Location Search Closest Applebee’s Location
Online Menu Applebee’s Menu

8. T.G.I. Friday’s Restaurant – This upbeat busy restaurant and bar might not be the quietest place to eat, but if you’re in the mood for a lively atmosphere T.G.I Friday’s is the place to be. also gave this popular chain credit for being family friendly, an important factor for many people eating on the go.

T.G.I. Friday’s Restaurant Info, Location, and Menu

9. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – No list of beefy restaurants would be complete without Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Although slightly smaller compared to some of the other chains, Ruth’s Chris is a meat eater’s paradise. Bring your appetite and a 13 gallon bag for take home leftovers!

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Restaurant Info, Location, and Menu

10. Morton’s Steakhouse – The best steak anywhere, and you won’t be disappointed. Morton’s Steakhouse is one of country’s oldest casual dining restaurant chains, serving up good times and delectable food in a fun and engaging atmosphere.

Morton’s Steakhouse Restaurant Info, Location, and Menu

We hope you enjoy your visit to any of our 10 favorite casual dining restaurant chains, all of which have beef on the menu. Don’t forget: search the web for coupons before you walk in, to see if there are any ways to get a great deal on your dinner. Have fun!

History of Prime Rib – Originally the Standing Rib Roast

Prime Rib’s exact origin and beginnings is unclear, although most historians agree roasts became popular during the Industrial Revolution in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, and USA.

Prime Rib was originally known as the “Standing Rib Roast”. As meat butchering standards improved in the late 19th century, more people were able to enjoy a hearty beef dinner. Various cuts of meat are more popular than others, but the Prime Rib section has been one of the long standing choices for beef connoisseurs.

The following is a diagram of beef cuts:

Beef Cuts
Diagram of Beef Cuts

Those from British or Irish households will recognize a prime rib meal as a “Sunday Roast”. Some Sunday Roasts include other meats: pork, chicken, or lamb as accompaniments.

This meal is commonly served with mashed or baked potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, stuffing, vegetables, and gravy. Many families consider the Sunday Roast an important tradition, set aside for the afternoon after morning church services have concluded. Now, regardless of ethnic origin, many people set aside Sunday as “Family Dinner Night”, a great way to bring everyone together in our increasingly electronic and socially isolated world.

The following are some great cookbooks for Sunday dinner preparations:

For light Au Jus for your beef meal, consider Campbell’s Soup Beef Gravy. It’s not too heavy and easy on the arteries. This particular product is getting harder to find in the supermarket. You can order a bulk pack below.

No matter what day of the week, Prime Rib makes a great meal. Try something traditional and create a meal that has been enjoyed for more than a century. Alternatively, spice your Sunday Roast up with unique prime rib rubs, alternative vegetables, and light red wine or Sherry for good measure!

Spices for Your Prime Rib Rubs: Garlic, Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Black Pepper, and Rosemary

Add spices to your prime rib rubs to produce a tasty, flavorful dinner

“Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme” might be line a line from Simon and Garfunkel’s famous rendition of “Scarborough Fair”, but we think you need to know the truth:

Easy Prime Rib Herb Paste – Spice Rub Recipe
The following is a recipe for a great spice rub for prime rib. It’s fast and easy, and turns a bland rib into something very exotic.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield: Makes about 1 cup

  1. 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  2. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  3. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  4. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  5. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  6. 4 tablespoons olive oil
  7. 1-1/2 tablespoons Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  8. 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and even. Spread evenly over the Moneygram agent surface of the prime rib roast.

Source: Prime Rib Herb Paste – Spice Rub Recipe,

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Best Organic Beef Brands for Your Prime Rib Dinner

Beef termed “organic” is generally defined that way by the producer, based on the company’s own agricultural practices. If purchasing truly organic beef matters to you, it’s important to research individual brands first before visiting your local grocery store or butcher.

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What is “Organic” Anyway?

Anytime a new nutritional trend arises, marketing messages from various food producers can often be garbled, inaccurate, or outright lies. The organic food movement has not been immune to misleading customers, mostly because a central authority hasn’t established a hard and fast definition of what organic beef is and how it is produced. Organically grown vegetables are less contentious because the animal rights, quality of feed, and antibiotics elements are removed from the equation.

We found a good working definition of organic beef on – Organic Beef vs. Natural Beef:

Organic beef must be certified by the USDA to meet stringent standards. The cows must be born and raised on certified organic pasture and fed only certified organic grain and grass. They can never receive any antibiotics or hormones, and they must have unrestricted access to the outdoors. These guidelines are subject to third-party verification and certification must be renewed annually.

That’s all well and good, but the problem is MOST organic beef is sourced from Uruguay. Uruguay’s vast ranching landscape and cheap labor makes it possible to raise free-range cattle humanely and safely. Many of these ranches are owned and operated by American companies, which generally slaughter the meat in Uruguay and then transport it to the United States aboard refrigerated cargo ships. Most people find this acceptable since the beef itself was procured from organic agricultural practices, while others take issue with the nearly 8,000 mile journey it travels to get on supermarket shelves. Cargo ships aren’t exactly environmentally friendly. Plus, there’s a chance the quality of the beef could be compromised during transit.

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There are some free range cattle ranches in the United States. Beef from these ranches tends to be more expensive compared its Uruguayan counterparts, because labor costs more in the USA. Also, most of these ranches are small operations that can’t compete against “feed lot” – or factory farmed – beef companies that can undercut them in the pricing wars. You’ll spend the least on non-organic beef, including “natural” beef, because some liberties can be taken by the producer to minimize costs.

Use the following checklist when assessing whether or not a beef brand is truly organic:

  1. The cows were fed organic grain and/or grass, none of which were genetically modified
  2. The cows were raised on a free range ranch, opposed to a factory style feedlot
  3. The cows were NOT given antibiotics, hormones, or other unnatural treatments
  4. The brand’s claim to be “organic” is corroborated by a third party, ie. the USDA
  5. Optional: The cows were raised locally in the United States and transit time from slaughterhouse to supermarket was minimal

Now that you have a good feel for what truly organic beef is, we’ll list a few major supermarkets and meat brands that offer it for sale.

Note: Please double check this list on your own before purchasing any meat at the store. Many companies will change their production, labeling, or feed policies without notice to the public. You might have to visit each meat producer’s website on your own and/or find a third party that can vouch for the quality of a particular company’s product.

  • Organic Valley and Organic Prairie – These top brands produce organic beef, pork, milk, eggs, butter, and cheese. The company behind these brands harnesses the power of more than 1,500 organic farmers across the United States. Food from the Valley or Prairie might cost more, but most consumers agree their reputation for selling truly organic food is strong.
  • Applegate Farms – Another organic heavy-hitter, Applegate sells organic beef, sausage, bacon, cold cuts, and cheeses. Applegate’s meats – including its hot dogs – are gluten free, perfect for those restricted by Celiac Disease and other dietary needs. Applegate also leads a strong charge to provide schools with healthy foods, and supports “Cooking Up Chefs”, a competition for high school age students with hopes to be professional chefs.
  • Frontier National Products and Simply Organic – This leading brand produces organic canned foods, vegetables, sauces, and other cooking essentials. Check out their expansive product line for truly organic ways to compliment your prime rib preparation with outstanding ingredients.

Leading supermarket chains include:

  • Whole Foods
  • Chase Foods, The “Allergy Free Food Market”
  • Grassroots Natural Market
  • Native Sun Natural Food Market

Important Note on Organic Supermarkets:

The organic supermarket business is still growing and expanding throughout the country. Some major brands have strong presences in major cities, while organic food lovers in less populated suburban or rural areas might be able to find organics at their local Farmers’ market or a locally owned and operated supermarket. Supporting Farmers’ Markets is a great way to keep the local economy strong and encourage nearby farmers to produce quality, nutritious foods.

Classic Campbell’s Prime Rib Au Jus Gravy Hits the Spot

Campbell’s Soup is one of the USA’s oldest and most well known canned food producers, feeding hungry people at reasonable prices for decades. Although it’s getting harder to find, Campbell’s Au Jus gravy is a winner in our book: it’s healthy, tasty, and super easy to add to your prime rib preparation.

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Best Way to Cook with Campbell’s Au Jus Gravy

Hands down, Campbell’s au jus is best used in a crockpot to marinate beef or prime rib to perfection. The au jus gravy itself is very basic, so feel free to add you own spices and flavoring to marinate a great piece of meat. The crockpot is old fashioned but a time tested treasure in the kitchen. Your mother and grandmother will swear by it: so should you!

Campbell’s Au Jus isn’t a heart attack gravy either. 1/4 cup contains 5 calories, 230 mg of Sodium, 1 Coinstar money order gram of Protein, and 0 fats. You might want to skip it if you’re on a low salt diet. Otherwise, it is a guilt-free way to enhance your rib. By definition, au jus is light and watery, not nearly as heavy as full blown beef gravy. It also goes great with mashed potatoes or dribbled over bread, not to mention fun for those that love to mix their food on their plates!

This product might not be available at your grocer. If it is, look carefully among other popular Campbell’s products to find it. It might be stocked in smaller quantities as the country’s tastes for beef have migrated towards hamburger and cold cuts.

Your best bet is to order it online and have it shipped to your door in bulk. It might feel weird ordering groceries on the internet, but it is the easiest way to get your favorite ingredients without chasing them around town through various supermarkets. Shipping costs might be higher than normal due to weight. We suggest ordering as much as possible, since it lasts a long time in storage and might not be offered forever.

If you’d like to try other brands of pre-cooked au jus, see below

All are available at Amazon in varying quantities and price points. Err on the safe side and always order a little extra, you never know who might request seconds!

Want to make real au jus yourself? Check out this Youtube video that explains everything you’ll need to gather and prepare. You can learn how to make amazing au jus in less than 4 minutes.

Beef Au Jus Recipe – Au Jus for Prime Rib of Beef – by FoodWishes