Well, I managed to make the roast. It wasn't nearly as good as I'd hoped. It wasn't horrible, it just wasn't $70 good. I'd definitely try cooking a roast that way again, just probably not a rib roast. Everything else was excellent, though, and we had a really lovely, low-key Thanksgiving. The kids are asleep upstairs, TCBIM is asleep on the couch and I'm going over to my friend's for adult beverages.
I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!