The Perfect Prime Rib Recipe (2024)

A holiday meal to remember! Your guests will go crazy for this prime rib roast smothered in herbed bacon butter! It’s truly the perfect prime rib recipe!

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Lets talk traditions…

When it comes to Christmas traditions, one that my family looks forward to is the Christmas Day prime rib roast. I grew up having ham on Christmas, but my husband was never a fan so shortly after we got married we changed our menu to prime rib and have never looked back! 🙂 It’s definitely an expensive treat, but it’s a once a year splurge that makes our holiday complete.


So today I’m going to share with you just how easy it is to make this delicious holiday meal! It may seem intimidating but it could not be simpler, and I’m going to share with you my tips, tricks and techniques so you can get it just right! Just pretend I’m right there with ya holding your hand.

You’ve got this! 🙂

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First thing you want to do is to let your meat come to room temperature before doing anything else!


Depending on the size and environmental temperature outside this can take anywhere from 30 minutes up to a few hours if it’s chilly in your house.

Pre-heat your oven to 450 now.


Secondly, Notice the string?

Bakers twine is holding the bone rack to my roast. I have the butcher only half way remove it so I still get the delicious moistness and flavor that the bones provide, but it will be easier to cut the roast away from the bones and slice to serve later on.

Similar to when I’m making turkey, the next step is to take a wad of paper towels and the beef dry. On the turkey that ensures a nice crispy skin, but on the beef it’s helping our herbed bacon butter stick and create a delicious crumbly crust for that melt in your mouth beef.

Butter…More Butter…

Thirdly, and possibly the next most important is making our aromatic herbed bacon butter. So get out a small bowl, add everything in it, and give it a good mix together with a fork

Then using your best kitchen tools (clean hands) rub that buttery goodness all over your beef.

Sounds kind of dirty? Well, it is. 🙂

We’re almost at the homestretch!

Still with me?!

Put your prime rib roast into the oven.

450 degrees for 20-25 minutes, then lower the temp to 250 and cook for an additional 1.5-2 hours.

If you don’t have a meat thermometer, now is the time to invest in one. I personally use and love THIS ONE

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120F is rare and 145+F is well done, so you’ll want thereading to be somewhere in that area when inserting the thermometer into the thickest part of the roast.


Remove the roast from the dish and put it on a large cutting board to rest for 20-30 minutes. Tent it with tinfoil to keep it hot.

Make your Au Jus while the meat is resting.

After the meat has rested, cut and remove the string and cut the bones away from the meat. You can now slice the roast easily and effortlessly for your guests.


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A holiday meal to remember! Your guests will go crazy for this prime rib roast smothered in herbed bacon butter! It’s truly the perfect prime rib recipe!



  • 6lb beef rib roast (partially boned and tied by butcher)
  • 6 tablespoons room temp. unsalted butter
  • 23 tablespoons coagulated bacon grease*
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons dried Herbs de Provence
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
  • * I always make bacon on Christmas morning and save the grease for the rib roast. If you don’t have it on hand then just use another tablespoon of butter in its place.

Au Jus

  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth (low sodium preferably)
  • 23 whole peeled garlic cloves
  • a few sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 teaspoons Worcheshire sauce



  1. Preheat oven to 450
  2. Make herbed bacon butter
  3. Pat beef dry with paper towels and put in roasting pan
  4. Smear butter all over beef
  5. Before placing the beef in the oven add about 1 1/2 cups of broth to the bottom of the baking dish, and add in a few whole garlic cloves and rosemary twigs. This is going to be our base for our Au Jus later on.
  6. Put roast into 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Then reduce temperature to 250 degrees and continue cooking until desired doneness. about 1.5 hours for medium rare.



  1. Put your baking dish over your stovetop burners and set them to medium low.
  2. Carefully remove the rosemary and garlic cloves
  3. Wisk in the Worcestershire and wine, scraping up all the bits from the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add in the remaining 1 cup of broth, reduce your heat slightly to a simmer for 3-5 minutes. Serve hot.


  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 3-4 tablespoonsWorcestershire sauce
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/4 prepared horseradish
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients into mixing bowl, and mix well. Taste and adjust if needed.
  2. Keep chilled until ready to serve with prime rib.


*Rare: 120-125°F

Red interior which may fade to pink at the outermost edges

Medium Rare: 130-135°F

Pink with a deeper, nearly red center

Medium: 135-140°F

Mauve, uniformly colored interior

Well-done: 145°F+

Brown, no pink

**120F is rare and 145+F is well done, so you’ll want the reading to be somewhere in that area when inserting the thermometer into the thickest part of the roast. I personally remove the roast from the oven right around 130F since it will continue to cook while resting, this way I’m right on the money at 135-140 each time.

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I encourage you to try this recipe any time of year! New Years, Valentines Day, a birthday, Easter….Prime rib is the perfect meal for any special occasion and now that you know how to prepare it easily, it can be the next shining star on your holiday table. Just don’t forget to PIN IT! So you can come back to it later!

Need a side dish to pair this with? Here’s some of my favorites…

  • Bacon Mushroom Green Beans
  • Garlic Chive Smashed Potatoes
  • White Cheddar Cranberry Macaroni and Cheese
  • Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
  • Heavenly Holiday Hash Browns


I hope you loved this super special, yet still easy, and crazy delicious recipe!

Talk to you soon friends, take care!




The Perfect Prime Rib Recipe (2024)


What is the 500 rule for prime rib? ›

Prime Rib Tips

Here is the formula: Multiply the exact weight times 5 minutes. For me it was 5.35 x 5 = 26.75 minutes, which we round up to 27. You'll cook your room-temperature prime rib at 500 degrees F for exactly that many minutes.

How do restaurants make prime rib so tender? ›

How do restaurants make prime rib so tender? The secret to restaurant-style prime rib is cooking the meat super slow at low temperatures. I recommend cooking prime rib at no higher than 200 degrees F. This cooks the meat very slowly, turning the fat into butter and rendering the proteins juicy and soft.

What is the most important thing to do before roasting a prime rib roast? ›

Remove the beef roast from the refrigerator 3 hours before you start to cook it. Sprinkle it with salt all over and let it sit, loosely wrapped in butcher paper. Roasts should be brought close to room temperature before they go into the oven to ensure more even cooking.

What is the best temperature to cook a prime rib roast? ›

Start by cooking your prime rib at 500°F for 15 minutes and then lower the oven temperature to 325° F and cook for 10-12 min per pound for rare, or 13-14 min per pound for medium rare, or 14-15 min per pound for medium well.

Is prime rib better cooked slow or fast? ›

Cooked low and slow in the oven and finished with a blast of heat for the juiciest, most flavorful, evenly cooked prime rib roast. Kenji is the former culinary director for Serious Eats and a current culinary consultant for the site.

Should you rub a prime rib the night before? ›

Putting a dry rub on too early increases the likelihood of it being washed off or knocked loose before you get the beef cooked. Aside from seasoning mixes designed to go on up to one day before cooking for brining purposes, you'll only want the dry rub on the Prime Rib in time for the start of cooking.

Why do you salt prime rib before cooking? ›

The salt helps trap the heat to better cook the prime rib. “It conducts the heat and seals it,” says Betz.

How to cook prime rib Bobby Flay? ›

Make small slits all over the prime rib and fill each slit with a slice of the garlic. Season liberally with the salt and coarse pepper, place on a rack set inside a roasting pan and roast for about 2 hours until medium-rare, or until a thermometer inserted into the center of the meat registers 135 degrees F.

Do you cook prime rib fat side up or down? ›

Place the roast fat side up, bone side down, in a large roasting pan. Cook for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 325°F. This allows the heat to sear the roast, trapping the juicy flavors inside while the rest of the meat cooks. On average, each pound of rib needs 15 minutes to cook (i.e., a 4 lb.

What makes prime rib so delicious? ›

Prime rib has a large “eye” of meat in the center, which is juicy, tender, and marbled with fat. This eye has a fat-marbled muscle around it, and the whole thing is surrounded by a thick cap of fat. This means that prime rib is tender, juicy, and extremely flavorful because the muscles aren't heavily used.

What gives prime rib its flavor? ›

Fresh Herbs: In addition to fresh garlic, fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme really give this prime rib its perfect flavor. Onion Powder: A dash of onion powder is simple, easy, and really kicks this prime rib up a notch.

Should you salt prime rib the night before? ›

For best results, salt your prime rib on all surfaces with kosher salt at least 45 minutes before you start cooking it, and preferably the day before, leaving it in the fridge uncovered overnight. Initially, the salt will draw out some moisture and end up dissolving in it.

Is it better to cook prime rib slow or fast? ›

You'll cook the prime rib low and slow in the oven, then crank up the heat at the end to achieve a crisp outside. This method has several advantages: the prime rib loses less juice to the bottom of the roasting pan and it cooks evenly all the way through.

Do you cook prime rib covered or uncovered? ›

Do you cover prime rib roast when cooking? You can cover rib roast when cooking after searing it to help it retain some of its moisture, but it's not necessary. For the best results, leave the roast uncovered until you remove it from the oven or grill and place it at room temperature for resting.


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