Cooking Times for Turkey, Standing Rib Roast and Bone-In Ham

Thanksgiving cooking times

If you ordered your holiday meal centerpiece (the MEAT!) from us, it’s likely you grabbed one of our staples- Turkey, Bone-In Ham or a Standing Rib Roast for your special dinner.

We’ve put together some guidelines to help you know approximately how long it will take you to cook your Holiday dinner meat.

TURKEY COOKING TIME

The simplest way to calculate turkey roasting time is to plan for 13 minutes per pound cooked at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for an unstuffed turkey (approximately 3 hours for a 12-14 lb turkey), or 15 minutes per pound for a stuffed turkey. When the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 170-175 degrees F it is ready to eat.

STANDING RIB ROAST COOKING TIME

No matter what size roast you have, you will start it in a pre-heated 450 degree oven for 15 minutes then reduce the temperature to 325 degrees for the balance of cooking time. Cooking times will vary depending on size of the roast and desired level of doneness. The following chart gives approximate times for to reach “rare” at various sizes.

Cooking Time for Rare (120°)
(2) Ribs, 4 to 5 lbs. 15 minutes at 450°, Then 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours at 325°
(3) Ribs, 6 to 7 lbs. 15 minutes at 450°, Then 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours at 325°
(4) Ribs, 8 to 9 lbs. 15 minutes at 450°, Then 1 ½ to 2 hours at 325°
(5) Ribs, 10 to 12 lbs. 15 minutes at 450°, Then 2 to 2 ½ hours at 325°
(6) Ribs, 13 to 15 lbs. 15 minutes at 450° Then, 2 ¾ to 3 hours at 325°
(7) Ribs, 16 to 18 lbs. 15 minutes at 450° Then, 3 to 3 ¾ hours at 325°

COOKING TIP: Pull the beef out before the target internal temperature as the meat continues to cook as it rests, taking medium rare beef to medium.

Rare: 120-125 degrees F (bright red center that grows slightly pinkish towards the exterior)
Medium-Rare: 130-135 degrees F (extremely pink center portion that grows brown towards exterior)
Medium: 140-145 degrees F (light pink center, brown outer portions)
Medium Well: 150-155 degrees F (no pink at all)
Well Done: 160 degrees F and above (uniform brown color)

BONE-IN HAM COOKING TIME

The simplest way to calculate cooking time for your holiday ham is to plan for about 20 minutes per pound cooked at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. A 12 lb ham will take roughly 3.5-4 hours. When it reaches 160 degrees F, the ham is done.

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