The first several times I tried making prime rib, it came out tasting more like a traditional roast beef, than the "Prime Rib's" that I had at restaurants. This one was the exception, it came out picture prefect and succulent. The salt is not eaten, and is discarded after you finish cooking. *As the one very critical review pointed out I put in the wrong internal temperature for medium rare. IT SHOULD BE 130 DEGREES.