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The BEST Prime Rib Rub (+ Prime Rib Recipe & Video)

The BEST Prime Rib Rub (+ Prime Rib Recipe & Video)

Prime Rib Rub

Our Melt-in-Your Mouth Prime Rib Recipe is one of the oldest Prime Rib Recipes online. It has ample 5-star reviews and is popular for good reason. We highly recommend utilizing it, with this prime rib rub, our Prime Rib Au Jus, and Horseradish Sauce for Prime Rib for the most tender and flavorful prime rib roast you’ve ever had. Leftovers make a killer Prime Rib Sandwich!

Prefer Smoked Prime Rib or Sous Vide Prime Rib? We have you covered there too.

Our famous prime rib roast rub recipe is simple and comprised of just 6 dry ingredients. You’ll love this prime rib rub so much, you’ll be using it every holiday season to come. It would even work in our Smoked Beef Tenderloin, Sous Vide Ribeye, Smoked Rack of Lamb, Smoked Turkey or Smoked Turkey Wings recipes. 

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Prime Rib Rub Ingredients

As mentioned there are just 6 dry ingredients in this prime rib seasoning mix: kosher salt, dried thyme, dried rosemary, black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Seems simple, but there’s a reason it’s a self-deemed classic of Foodie and Wine. 

If you love the Traeger Prime Rib Rub, you’ll love ours. Both are heavy on garlic and rosemary, however the Traeger Prime Rib rub has sugar, paprika, and chili powder. All are easy to mix in – just add a 1 tablespoon of each to your rub.

Raw prime rib on a black cutting board surrouned by garlic, black pepper salt and rosemary.

Where Can I Buy The Best Prime Rib?

Isn’t she a well-marbled beaut! Fat in all the right places. Over the years we’ve tried ample brands and they’re usually hit or miss.  We were lucky enough to stumble upon Porter and York a few months back and were blow away by the quality of the beef. The buttery soft beef melted in our mouth. The way excellent prime rib should. You don’t get that from many butchers. Hands down, BY FAR, the best quality we’ve been able to find. And we’ve tried a lot. Porter and York puts the “prime” in “prime rib.” You will not be disappointed. 

Recipe Tips

When Should I Season My Prime Rib?

A minimum of 45 minutes prior to cooking. If you can swing it, slap the rub on your prime rib the night before. The salt will draw out some moisture, however it will end up dissolving some of the proteins. What does this mean? The beef’s structure will loosen allowing the salty goodness the opportunity to be re-adsorbed into the prime rib.  How’s that for some science trivia?

How Do You Season Prime Rib Overnight?

Same as you would if you did it same day. Just combine the prime rib rub recipe, slap it on and store in the fridge until you’re ready to take it out to cook.

Do You Cover A Prime Rib When Roasting?

Please don’t. One of the BEST characteristics of a properly cooked prime rib is the salty, crispy crust. Said crust won’t develop if it’s covered as it cooks. It’s also one of the reasons we highly recommend a dry rub. We’ve tried the garlic butter route and the crispy crust ends up flaking off. No bueno. So if you like your prime rib with a crunchy exterior, leave the foil in the drawer.

Other Dry Rub Recipes:

The Best BBQ Rub

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Creole Seasoning

Without further ado, here is our Self-Proclaimed ‘The Best Prime Rib Rub Recipe’ recipe. 

Small clay bowls of a variety of spices for Prime Rib rub.

The Best Prime Rib Rub

One of the most popular Prime Rib Rub recipes online! Our prime rib rub is loaded with garlic, herbs and flavor. This dry prime rib rub has received countless 5-star reviews over the last 5+ years. It's as popular as our Montreal Steak Seasoning.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Dinner, Easter Dinner, Holiday Dinner, Homemade Spices, Prime RIb, Thanksgiving Dinner, Valentine's Day Dinner
Servings: 1 Roast
Calories: 85kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $1.00


  • 2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder



  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and apply before cooking using your preferred prime rib cooking method.


Note 1- This prime rib rub will stay fresh for up to a year in an air tight container. 
Note 2 - This is the prime rib rub we use to make our famous Melt-in-Your-Mouth Prime Rib Recipe. 


Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13967mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 5mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


Recipe Rating

Nicole V.

Saturday 18th of February 2023

FANTASTIC!!! It was my very first time making prime rib and I did it for Christmas dinner 2022. My fiancé, mother, and I have always loved prime rib but was my son, my daughter, and her boyfriend’s first. They all absolutely loved it! Moist, juicy, flavorful, and so incredibly delicious! Highly recommended! We all loved it so much that I wouldn’t doubt if they asked me to make it again for Easter!

Cindy Sommer

Saturday 28th of January 2023

Amazing rub and a huge hit!!


Friday 1st of January 2021

This rub is a winner! I’ve used it twice to great reviews. I let the roast sit uncovered in the fridge, rub on, for 12 hours, then let it rest for 1/2 or so at room temperature. Immediately prior to cooking, I sprinkled a bit of leftover rub on the top fat. It adds a lovely flavor to Yorkshire pudding made with the pan drippings,