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My easy Prime Rib Rub recipe is all you need to season a rib roast! It's so simple you will have all the pantry ingredients to make it, and I'll give you tips on how to apply it for the best flavor and most tender beef.
Best Prime Rib Seasoning Recipe
Prime rib is one of my specialties and a favorite of mine for the holidays. I make it for Christmas, Easter, and sometimes special occasions... and I love trying different preparations!
Through and through, though, one fact is always true for my rib roast recipes: the rub should be simple. A great cut of beef does not need a wide variety of seasonings for the results to be show-stopping.
My homemade prime rib rub recipe is a perfect example of a simple beef rub. It uses just three easy ingredients - the trick is in how and when you apply it, and how much you use! It is the perfect seasoning for making the best Au Jus for Prime Rib.
I have a secret to share with you. This rub works really well on pot roast too. I use it on my dutch oven pot roast recipe and it is amazing! It truly elevates this simple pot roast dish.
For the best results, yes. Seasoning overnight allows your cut of beef to soak up all the flavors of your rub, and the salt will dissolve into the beef to help keep it nice and juicy.
Rub your roast all over with your seasoning mixture, patting it down. Leave your rib roast uncovered in the refrigerator overnight so it can soak up all of that seasoning. Then, before cooking it, let it come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. This ensures even cooking.
Use the leftovers to make Leftover Prime Rib Pasta!
How to Season Prime Rib
- Mix your seasonings in a bowl.
- Sprinkle your beef generously with the prime rib rub.
- Pat down your seasoning mixture thoroughly.
- Let your beef rest for at least 30 minutes, but up to overnight is best. The beef will soak up the flavors of the rub.
- Cook your roast however you like - smoked, in the Instant Pot, on the grill or in the oven. This prime rib rub recipe works for every preparation!
Prime Rib Rub with Butter
This recipe is amazing with butter added. Just bring a pound of butter to room temperature and mix with the seasoning. Rub the entire roast with the rub. This makes the most deliciously decadent and juicy recipe.
We loved using this method with our Sous Vide Prime Rib! It's truly a must-try!
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Amazing Prime Rib Rub Recipe
- 2 Tablespoons Coarse Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Black Pepper
- 2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
See our Beef Temperature Chart for helpful tips on cooking any cut of beef!
- Mix coarse salt, black pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl. Sprinkle your prime rib generously with the seasonings. Be sure to cover every inch of the prime rib with the seasonings.
- Pat down your prime rib with the seasoning. For best results, refrigerate overnight and bring to room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.
- Always slice against the grain for best results.
- The longer the rub is on your prime rib the better. In other words, you can put the rub on the night before and it will be even better.
- Heat resistant gloves are a must when handling this recipe, especially during the searing stage.
- Using a cast iron grill pan is the best, if you want those gorgeous sear markings.
- You can add a bit of oil in your searing pan, if desired. However, I don’t use oil. This is simply a preference.
Therese McNerney says
Should the roast be covered or left uncovered.
My roast is beef loin tenderloin.
350 ok to roast?
Em Beitel says
Hi Therese! We have a recipe for tenderloin here: https://bestbeefrecipes.com/whole-beef-tenderloin-recipe/ where we roast it at 325°F after searing it at a higher temperature. I recommend following this recipe for a perfectly cooked roast. Thank you!
Al Leonard says
Can you sear a prime rib roast in the oven (cast iron pan) then move it to the cooking tray and finish in the air fryer oven? I have a Bravo XL Nu Wave oven with a temperature probe. Thanks...Al
Em Beitel says
Hi Al! Definitely, you can sear it first then finish it in the air fryer. Definitely use a [eafl id="13441" name="Instant Read Meat Thermometer" text="meat thermometer"] and check the temperature chart for best results. We have an air fryer prime rib recipe here: Air Fryer Prime Rib.
My love for the simplicity of this recipe is only exceeded by the flavor of the roast!
Em Beitel says
Thank you so much, John! We're very glad you enjoyed it!
Craig W says
Hi Isabel, Should I cook the roast on a rack or just in a pan ?
Em Beitel says
Hi Craig! Isabel recommends using a rack for prime rib. It will cook more evenly that way, and you can collect the drippings to make au jus or beef gravy! If you'd like, we have an amazing slow cooked prime rib recipe here: Slow Roasted Prime Rib. Enjoy, and thank you for your question!
JOHN BASILIN says
I noticed your recipe does not mention what temperature you smoke the prime rub at in the smoker. What is your method recommendation..thanks
Em Beitel says
Hi John! Sorry for the confusion, we have our smoked prime rib recipe here: Smoked Prime Rib. It goes in at 285 for about 3 hours. Thank you and enjoy!