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We have prime rib every Christmas.  My family loves it and it’s something we all look forward to.  Does making a whole prime rib sound kind of intimidating?  It was for me too but it’s really pretty easy.  You’ll need a good roasting pan and meat thermometer to get it right.  Let the meat come to room temperature before roasting.  It will probably need to sit out of the fridge at least an hour, if not two.

Servings 12 adults


  • 10-12 lbs. Prime rib roast, bones on
  • 1 cup Horseradish, prepared
  • 10 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 4 sprigs Rosemary, fresh and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. Black pepper
  • 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  2. Mix all ingredients, except meat, to make paste. Pat over entire roast and drizzle with extra olive oil.

  3. Place in large roasting pan, bones down.  Roast until an internal temperature of 120 degrees is reached.  Figure about 15 minutes per pound.

  4. Remove from oven and let rest for 20 minutes before carving.

Kim Mayo