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Poll on beef temperatures for medium rare

MemphisMemphis Posts: 144
edited 8:02AM in EggHead Forum
You hear/read so many different temperatures for medium rare on a ribeye roast. Anywhere from 120 deg to 145 deg !!!! Some people say to pull at 120 and let it rest for med rare others say pull at 145 for a perfect medium rear. This is a HUGE variance. I think 120 is the way to go. What do y'all say ?????


  • ScribsScribs Posts: 27
    I would not go above 125. I pull mine at 120 and let rest for 10-15 minutes. If you pull at 145 it will end up 155. [p]

  • Woody54Woody54 Posts: 148
    Memphis,[p]145 is med-rare, but suggest you pull it at 5-10 degrees below that, as it will rise that much during the rest. [p]Pulling at 120 will yield very rare, IMHO.[p]Let the opinions flow.
  • Memphis,
    Pull at 130/135... Let 'er rest! [p]Phil, D'probe poken temperature controllen Duck

  • Memphis,
    ".....145 fpr a perfect medium rear....."[p]IMHO, it sounds like you have been hanging around this group toooo long. ;-o)

  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    The pulling temperature is what you have to master so that the rested temperature is where you want it to be. But the pulling temperature is based on your cooking temperature...... You must take into account that if you are cooking at a higher temperature, say 350°, your roast will rise to a higher temp during the rest than if you are cooking your roast at 225°.[p]To answer your question, everybody varies somewhat...I use these after resting numbers:
    120°-ish rare
    125°-130° medium rare
    140° medium
    +145° - ruined[p]~thirdeye~

    Happy Trails

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • thirdeye,
    I couldn't help but laugh at your "ruined" comment... I wasn't expecting something flip... I thought more words of wisdom were a coming! [p]Phil, D' LOL Duck

  • Memphis,
    Been doing rib roasts for years. We pull off the grill at
    118 deg., wrap in foil and towels and put in a cooler till
    the martini's are done. Roast is medium rare on the ends
    and rare in the center - just like we like it.

  • thirdeye,
    I'd like to add one more:
    According to my wife - pulled after a full burn & clean = perfect.

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,718
    im closest to what thirdeye posted except that size also plays a part. a 2 bone roast can come off the grill about 5 degrees higher than a 4 bone or bigger. bone in ribeyes get cooked at 325, no bone at 350, big roast gets pulled at 120-122, small roast 125-127. if anyone wants it served differently, they had better bring the roast or they are lost and are at the wrong house

  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    fishlessman,[p]I will keep the Egg burning until the roast is sliced. If anyone really needs a more well done slice, one minute and one turn usually makes their piece just right.[p]~thirdeye~

    Happy Trails

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • ronbeauxronbeaux Posts: 988
    Long story short. I cooked 52 ribeyes(no not on an egg) for the guys at work and I told them up front that I would not cook them past medium. I think I converted at least 23 of them. They were hungry and had to eat.

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