This easy prime rib rub recipe will show you how to get that delicious flavor at home. Do you love the taste of prime rib, but don’t know how to make it yourself? With just a few simple ingredients, you’ll be able to create a flavorful prime rib seasoning that will add richness and depth to your prime rib.
So, get ready to impress your friends and family with this amazing dish!
Prime rib, or standing rib roast, is one of those things that makes my mouth water no matter what time of year it is. However, it is a wonderful traditional Christmas dinner dish and perfect for special occasions. It’s also one that is sure to impress your guests if done right.
The perfect prime rib roast uses a higher quality seasoning mix, preferably one that you make yourself so that your family can enjoy the best flavor. Use our recipe for making the best seasoning blend to rub on your whole roast for an easy holiday meal.
Preparing The Roast
Prepare your beef roast by lightly oiling the outside of the roast and using a hot pan to sear the outer edges. You can use either a boneless prime rib or a bone-in roast. Apply a little more oil. This will give the dry rub something to stick to.
Pro tip: you will want to pat the seasoning into the meat to make sure it really adheres to the meat and into the fat side or fat cap. Don’t just pour the rub on. Use your hands to tap and push it into the meat. You want it to stay put for the best flavor.
How do you season prime rib overnight?
You can also season your prime rib using your rub overnight as well. Brush just a light coating of olive oil over the whole roast and then pat your rub into it. Let it rest overnight in the refrigerator.
When you go to sear your prime rib roast the next day, you will lose some of the seasoning from the day before when you add more oil to it. Don’t worry about that, just pat in some more of your rub recipe right into the roast again and you will be good to go for the oven.
What seasonings are best for prime rib?
When it comes to seasonings, there are a few key ingredients that will help to bring out the best natural flavors in prime rib.
First, thyme and rosemary are classic herbs that pair well with beef. Other options are garlic, crushed red pepper, cumin, and paprika.
You can also use other herbs such as parsley, oregano, and basil. Then rub it all over the entire roast. This will help to create a flavorful crust. Finally, don’t forget to season the outside of the meat with salt and pepper. This will help to lock in the juices and ensure that your prime rib is nice and juicy.
For this recipe, we suggest using a blend of garlic, paprika, onion powder, coarse salt, or sea salt, black pepper, oregano, and thyme.
To make the rub, simply combine all the above ingredients in the correct portions in an air-tight container. Shake up the container to combine the ingredients. This mixture can also be stored in an airtight container for several months to use again and again on your favorite beef dishes.
This spice rub is delicious on steaks, beef roast, pork roast, and pork chops too.
What internal temperature to cook prime rib?
The best internal temperature for prime rib is 125 as the roast will continue to cook slightly after removing from the oven. You don’t want your final temperatures to reach beyond 135 if you can help it as prime rib is best served rare to medium. Purchase a quality meat thermometer to help you with food safety and to prevent over cooking. Pro Tip. Remove the roast from the oven five degrees before the ideal temperature as the temperature of the roast will continue to rise 5 to 10°F as it rests.
You can find more detailed information on making the best prime rib with our recipe.
How many pounds of prime rib per person?
The general rule-of-thumb is to purchase one pound of meat per person. Some people do prefer a thinner cut of prime rib, but this rub recipe will keep them coming back for more. Make sure you have enough for all your guests by purchasing a big enough roast. For example, for ten people, a ten pound roast would be the minimum to be safe to serve everyone.
Pro Tip. If you have a lot of side dishes and dessert yet too, then you can plan on 8 ounces a person.
How to pick a prime rib roast?
Picking a quality prime rib roast can be tricky. Here are a few tips to make it easier when shopping your local grocery store:
- Pick a roast that is bright in color such as bright red or pink
- Choose a roast that has a milky white colored fat pad
- Try to view if there is any marbling throughout the meat. You want thin ribbons of fat within your meat for the best flavor
- Pick one with even fat distribution
- Try to get Prime grade meat, when possible, but at least Choice grade if you can find one with good qualities. Pro tip: watch for sales throughout the year on roasts and when the price on a quality cut is right, you can always store it in your freezer carefully wrapped and thaw when needed.
What is the best cut of prime rib?
The best cut of prime rib is often the “first cut.” This is the one closest to the loin on the standing animal and often the most tender as it has fewer connective tissues than the second and third cuts.
Prime Rib Rub Recipe
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- 3 Tablespoons Coarse Kosher Salt
- 3 Tablespoons Black Pepper
- 3 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Paprika
- 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
- 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
- Mix coarse salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, dried thyme, and dried oregano in a bowl. Sprinkle your oiled prime rib generously with the seasonings. Be sure to cover every inch of the prime rib with the seasonings.
- For best results, pat the seasonings into the roast and refrigerate overnight. Remove from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature 30 minutes before cooking. Add more seasoning rub if needed.