Christmas is right around the corner. Your decorations look great, your guests’ travel plans are set, and now it’s time to focus on the food! 

We’ve put together a list of considerations to review when selecting and cooking the perfect roast for your holiday dinner from our Holiday Order Guide. Consult our Beef Roasting Guide for exact temperatures and cooking tips. 

1) Number of guests

How much meat do you need? Our order guide breaks down size of cuts and how many people they serve per pound. Better to overestimate, then under – no one has ever complained about leftovers. Plus, you can make a great dinner the next day, like this Leftover Prime Rib Beef Stroganoff from Bake It With Love

2) When to start cooking?

Once your meat is selected, use our Roasting Guides to plan out when you’ll need to start cooking. Cuts like prime rib and rump roast are cooked by minutes per pound, so more guests means longer cooking times! Use our Guide’s time chart as a general guide, it’s good practice to check the roast before the minimum time recommended.

3) Guests’ preference on temperature

Will you be serving your meat medium rare or medium? Every oven is different, so invest in a meat thermometer and consult our Guide in order to cook your roast to the preferred doneness. The roast continues to cook once removed from the oven, so make sure to take it out when the thermometer reaches 5° fewer than your desired temperature.

4) When is dinner served?

There’s nothing worse than keeping guests waiting for their dinner. So keep in mind, the roast should reach room temperature one hour prior to cooking. After cooking, your roast needs to rest for about 20-30 minutes before carving and serving. It will all be worth it when you see your satisfied guests enjoying the meal. But if you’re really worried about the hungry masses, then you may want to select a cut with a shorter cooking time. 

Call us at 978-688-1511 to place your order today. Ordered your roast already? Pick up begins on December 19th. 

Happy Holidays from Butcher Boy Market!

Want more holiday dinner ideas?

Stop by our store in North Andover. We’re always here to answer your questions.

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