Melt-in-your-mouth Prime Rib Recipe. You’ll be a convert after using our recipe and cooking method. This is one of the most popular Prime Rib recipes online.
UPDATED: New photos were added in Nov 2018. The recipe hasn’t changed from the original.
If you’re looking for an easy and tasty Prime Rib Recipe, congrats! It means you’re awesome enough to realize a Prime Rib Roast is the way to go for your holiday meal. This Prime Rib Recipe and our Individual Beef Wellington with Red Wine Sauce are two of our favorite special occasion recipes year after year.
Turkey? Been there. (Even though our Instant Pot Turkey is amazing)
Ham? Done that.
If you’re new to cooking prime rib roast than you’ll probably have one thought running through your head in the days leading up to the holiday: “please don’t let me screw up this expensive piece of meat.” We’ve received a ton of emails lately asking “How to Cook Prime Rib”.
Have no fear, FoodieandWine.com is here! We’ve tried countless cooking methods and Prime Rib recipes over the years and this prime rib recipe is the clear winner. You’ll get the nice char on the outside with melt in your mouth meat on the inside. In case you were wondering, yes a standing rib roast is one and the same.
In addition to testing various prime rib rub recipes and cooking methods, we also quickly learned one slab of meat is not like the other. We’ve personally tested 4 popular brands/companies over the past year and the clear winners were brands using actual prime cuts (stay away from anything labeled “choice”). Yes – even though the name is “Prime Rib” you still find “Choice” offerings, as is the case at Costco. Getting a Certified Angus Beef cut with the perfect amount of marbleization is paramount to the final product.
In addition to this Prime Rib Recipe, we’re making a few other dishes this holiday season.
- Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes– We’re BIG mashed potato fans and this potato recipe is our favorite. Think creamy, soft and low maintenance.
- Roasted Mushrooms in Garlic Butter Sauce – Pan seared mushrooms drenched in a savory garlic butter sauce. We also have in Instant Pot version.
- Sautéed Mushrooms – Tender mushrooms soaked in red wine, thyme, garlic and other savory herbs.
- Spinach and Feta Phyllo Cups – Our easy “go to” appetizer on Thanksgiving and Christmas. A step up from basic spinach dip.
This prime rib roast recipe used an easy method to “char” and then “cook” the prime rib roast. The very high temp in the beginning starts the cooking process, heats the oven to a high enough temperature to slow cook the roast AND provides a nice char on the outside of the roast. Look at this thing of beauty:
Our favorite prime rib recipe combines a delicious prime rib rub with best cooking practices to help you nail your prime rib roast.
PRIME RIB RECIPE COOKING TIPS:
Take the meat out of the refrigerator at least 4 hours before cooking. This allows the meat to evenly cook inside and out.
Calculate the initial cooking time by allowing 5 minutes per pound of meat. For example, a 5 pound roast will need 25 minutes of initial cooking time while a 9 pound roast would need to initially cook for 45.
Using a digital meat thermometer is A MUST! Part of cooking a prime rib includes leaving the oven door shut for hours. Unless you’re able to position your manual thermometer so it’s still in view through a closed oven door, spend an extra few bucks and go digital. You won’t regret it.
You can’t go wrong with the rub! We heavy up on garlic and thyme, but if rosemary is your thing feel free to double the amount we call for.
Plan out your cooking schedule so you leave ample time to cook your prime rib roast to your preferred doneness. Also, the side dishes we cook usually take 30 minutes. While our meat is resting we have the side dishes prepped and ready to pop in the oven the minute the meat is removed.
While not mandatory, we like to bone and tie our Prime Rib so it’s easier to cut after being cooked. If you’re not sure how to do this, watch this You Tube video. It’s incredibly easy to do.
New model ovens can cool down faster than older models due to the internal fan. If you find your oven is too cool after the 2 hour wait time, turn the oven back on to 500. Only keep it on until the oven gets back up to 500, then turn it off. Again – keep the OVEN DOOR closed to keep the heat in. As long as you have your digital thermometer you have nothing to fear!
Still have questions? Feel free to leave a comment before and we’re happy to answer!
DRINK PAIRING RECOMMENDATIONS
Wine – Bordeaux, Riojo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec
Beer – Brown Ale, Porter, Stout, Amber Ale
Melt In Your Mouth Prime Rib Roast
- 1 2-6 Bone Prime Rib Roast (Boned and Tied)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 3-4 clove garlic (Sliced or Minced)
Prime Rib Rub
- 1 tbsp Dried Thyme
- 1 tbsp Dried Rosemary
- 1 tbsp Black Pepper
- 1 tbsp Onion Powder
- 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
- 2 tbsp Kosher Salt
- Remove the prime rib from the refrigerator 4 hours before cooking.
- minutes before cooking, bone and tie the meat (Optional)
- Cut 1/2" slits on the top of the roast and insert minced or sliced garlic.
- Rub the outside of the roast with high quality olive oil.
- Combine the rosemary, thyme, kosher salt, black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder and spread evenly over the roast.
- Let rest while the oven pre-heats to 500 degree F (260 degree C).
- Transfer the roast to a roasting pan, bone side down.
- Insert the thermometer into the center of the roast and place in the oven (2nd rack from the bottom).
- Calculate your initial cooking time by allowing 5 minutes per pound of meat (a 9 lb roast would cook for 45 minutes while a 6 lb roast would cook for 30).
- This will provide a nice crunch on the exterior. The seasoning rub will get charred but that's what creates the deeply savory crust.
- After your calculated cooking time is up, turn the oven off but DON'T OPEN THE OVEN DOOR.
- After 2 hours the center of your roast will be 135 degrees F, which is medium-rare.
- If you prefer medium just keep it in the oven until it reaches 150 degrees F.
- Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes.