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Standing Rib Roast Recipe

Need an idea for Christmas Dinner? How about a juicy flavorful Standing Rib Roast Recipe with a crusty exterior and pink center?

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Christmas dinner means a lot of things to a lot of people.

To us, Christmas dinner is always something 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.

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

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.

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


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When you buy a standing rib roast at the butcher, sometimes they have already trimmed it for you so the bones stick out the top. If not, you can cook 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.

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

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

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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.

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Try serving this with:

Brussels with Bacon and Beer

Roasted Squash with Blue Cheese Pear Streusel

Pumpkin Spice Latte Yeast Rolls

Spicy Mesquite Twice Baked Potatoes

And/or Savory Orzo Stuffing.

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

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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


  • 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 pepper


  • 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.


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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20 comments on “Standing Rib Roast Recipe”

  1. Looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

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

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

  7. This is great! Love this :)

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

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

  10. WHOA, this looks fantastic!!!

  11. 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.

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

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

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

  15. 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

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

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

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

  19. 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!