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Standing Rib Roast Recipe (Prime Rib Au Jus)

Standing Rib Roast Recipe (Prime Rib Au Jus) – How about a juicy flavorful Standing Rib Roast Recipe with a crusty exterior and pink center for your holiday feast? This fool-proof recipe is a show-stopper every time you make it!

Lovely rib coated in one of the best seasoning rubs

The Ultimate Christmas Dinner: Standing Rib Roast

“Christmas Dinner” means a lot of things to a lot of people.

To us, Christmas dinner is something special. It’s a recipe or meal concept we don’t have very often throughout the year. Something that takes care in preparation. Something that makes all who partake feel special.

The kids usually want a rich and comforting dish like lasagna or gnocchi, but Lt. Dan and I, we want lobster or beef.

Good beef…. Really good beef.

My Standing Rib Roast Recipe is a perfect meal for Christmas.

Why do I think it’s the best?

The crispy exterior is bold and salty, with an herb and whole grain mustard crust. While the interior stays pink and juicy with a rich beefy flavor.

It is the perfect elegant centerpiece for a holiday table!

Side view of a few slices cut off to show that great pink center

What Is Standing Rib Roast?

Standing Rib Roast is essentially a large cut of bone-in ribeye steak, so the fat is marbled throughout, creating an ultra-luxurious taste and texture.

When you buy a standing rib at the butcher, sometimes they have already trimmed it for you so the bones stick out the top. If not, you can cook it as-is or trim it yourself. It’s very easy.

If you have a friendly butcher, you can ask him/her to trim it for you as well. Then rub it down with a zesty concoction made of whole grain mustard, herbs, and bacon grease and roast it in the oven.

Showing the raw meat on a tray before trimming off most of the fat that will expose the bone

Fool-Proof Standing Rib Roast Recipe

The reason I consider this method “fool-proof” is that I leave an oven-safe thermometer in the center of the roast as it’s cooking. Once it reaches 125 degrees F, remove it from the oven and allow the beef roast to rest so the juices redistribute.

Using a leave-in meat thermometer eliminates the chance of over-cooking this Standing Rib Roast Recipe.

Perfection every single time! If you use an oven thermometer, you cannot mess this up.

Final trimmed roast with the bones sticking out, ready for the seasonings to be added

What Ingredients You Will Need

It’s so easy to make those gorgeous pieces of meat with just a handful of ingredients…

  • Standing Rib Roast Look for one that is 5-6 pounds.
  • Whole Grain Mustard The super grainy kind.
  • Bacon Grease For flavor, and added seasoning to the beef.
  • Fresh Thyme Leaves Or 1 teaspoon dried thyme if you can’t find fresh.
  • Garlic ClovesMinced.
  • Salt and pepper
A nice butter and seasoning mixture spread out on the roast

How Do You Cook A Standing Rib Roast?

Roast Cooking Tips

It also helps to place the standing rib roast in a hot oven so the exterior starts to form a crust, but then lower the heat so it cooks slowly and evenly for a perfect pink every time.

Our Standing Rib Roast Recipe is juicy, pink, and packed with flavor. Just right for holiday meals.

  1. Prep the Oven. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and remove the upper rack to make space in the oven. Line a rimmed baking dish with foil or parchment paper and place the standing rib roast on it.
  2. Trim the Beef, if needed. If your roast is not trimmed, carefully cut the excess fat off the top to expose the rib bones.
  3. Rub It Down. Stand the roast with the rib pointed up. Combine the mustard, bacon grease, thyme, garlic, sea salt, and cracked black pepper in a small bowl. Mix well, then rub over the surface of the rib roast.
  4. Roast! Insert an oven safe meat thermometer into the center of the roast, pushing the tip in until it’s directly in the middle. Place the roast in the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Then lower the heat and continue roasting until the interior temperature reaches 125 degrees F.

Get the Full (Printable) Standing Rib Roast Recipe (Prime Rib Au Jus) Below. Enjoy! 

Side shot of the crispy crust with some of the prime rib au jus on the tray with it

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Will Leftovers Last?

When you are ready to pack up this recipe, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and then place it in an airtight container or ziplock bag. You can keep it in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. 

Can This Roast Be Frozen?

Yes, you can wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then store it in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before cutting and serving.

How Do I Reheat This Recipe?

You can reheat prime rib leftovers in a 250 degree F oven. Wrap it in foil and heat until just warm… You don’t want to cook it further. The time depends on the size of the piece of meat left, anywhere from 10-20 minutes.

If you’re trying to reheat a frozen roast, then the first step would be to thaw it out in the fridge for 8+ hours. When it is fully thawed and ready to reheat, preheat the oven to 250 degrees F and place the meat on a baking pan with some au jus. Cover it with foil and place in the oven for about 10 minutes or until it feels warm. 

What Is The Difference Between A Standing Rib and a Prime Rib?

Standing Rib and Prime Rib are essentially the same cut of beef. However, a standing rib roast is trimmed in a way that it can be cooked with the bones facing upward for a dramatic effect.

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Or take a look at our Slow Cooker Beef Tenderloin Recipe for something just a little different!

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Best Standing Rib Roast Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Need an idea for Christmas Dinner? How about a juicy flavorful Standing Rib Roast Recipe with a crusty exterior and pink center?
Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 5-6 pounds standing rib roast
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt and cracked black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and remove the upper rack to make space in the oven. Line a rimmed baking dish with foil or parchment paper and place the standing rib roast on it. If your roast is not trimmed, carefully cut the excess fat off the top to expose the rib bones. Look for the natural separation between the meat and the fat and cut along the separation. Clean the rib bones with a paring knife.
  • Stand the roast with the rib point up. Combine the mustard, bacon grease, thyme, garlic, 1 teaspoon sea salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper in a small bowl. Mix well, then rub over the surface of the standing rib roast. Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer into the center of the roast, pushing the tip in until it’s directly in the middle.
  • Place the roast in the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Then lower the heat to 350 degrees F and continue roasting until the interior temperature reaches 125 degrees F. Remove from the oven and allow the roast to rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 693kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 62g, Saturated Fat: 26g, Cholesterol: 138mg, Sodium: 146mg, Potassium: 510mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 35IU, Vitamin C: 1.3mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 3.4mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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31 comments on “Standing Rib Roast Recipe (Prime Rib Au Jus)”

  1. I’d love to try this! About how long should I expect to cook after I lower the temp? (I know to wait for 125 degrees, but I’d like to plan my timing). Thanks!

  2. Such a stunning main course for dinner — great for the holidays too! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. This makes such an elegant and impressive holiday meal! So delicious and it’s always a hit with my crowd!

  4. This is the easiest and most delicious way to make a standing rib roast! I love it! Thank you! 

  5. So I found this because I wanted to try using bacon grease in place of saffron oil in a recipe that has become my go-to for standing rib roast by Chef A. Brown. So I’ve combined/fused some of your ideas with his, mainly the aforementioned bacon fat as well as the garlic and mustard. BUT I still stick with his method of starting with a COLD oven, cooking at 250 F. first, then removing from the oven to COOL before going on to brown/char the outside in a 500 F oven. From my experience this slower method of cooking gives your roast a more tender texture, something about long and slow just seems to work better for me. If you haven’t tried it I highly recommend giving it a whirl, and also if you’ve not tried a Yorkshire pudding (which is what you make from the drippings while the roast is cooling before that final step) it really is amazing, and far simpler than I’d ever imagined.
    But I do thank you for your work, it helped me to add a nice touch which has taken my rib roast to another level ;?)

  6. This was my first try at a Standing Rib Roast and it was delicious. Definitely a holiday tradition in my house from now on!
    Had some folks for dinner who’ve had this before and they raved about the bacon grease marinade. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  7. I loved it! Really gorgeous and impressive!

  8. This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try! 

  9. this sounds & LOOKS amazing! thanks for sharing

  10. What a true beautiful presentation! So delicious too! Thank you!

  11. This rub is amazing! 

  12. It’s absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to make it again!!

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  16. Wow! This looks incredible! We usually do ham for Christmas dinner…but you may have just changed my mind ;)

  17. This is sure to impress, but looks so easy!

  18. This is great! Love this :)

  19. This is exactly what we have for Christmas dinner. Love the rub on this roast!

  20. Now thats one heck of an elegant holiday roast!! Pinned :)

  21. I wish I hadn’t read this blog. Your roast looks so picture perfect! I really really am in the throes of a major craving. It’s one of my favorite dishes. I haven’t had any for far tooooooo long.

  22. WHOA, this is fantastic!!! So easy!

  23. Mmmmmmm……love me some rib roast! One of my favorite dishes to make during Christmas!!

  24. Oh WOW this roast is beautiful and my family would LOVE it.

  25. What size do I need for about six or seven people this will be my time making this standing rib

  26. Beautiful – I’ve made a standing rib roast for the past few Christmas’s and hubby was looking forward to it again, it seems we’re going home for Christmas this year. Will have to do it for him when we get home

  27. Never had one but now I’m thinking it needs to go on my Christmas menu!

  28. What a beauty Sommer! I love that you can see all the herby goodness on the outside crust too.

  29. What a perfect Holiday meal! Love this Sommer :)

  30. Holy moly! That is one GORGEOUS piece of meat! I can’t say that I’ve made a standing rib roast, but with the show-stopper quality of this, that needs to change! Pinned!