Roasted Bone-In Prime Rib

Everyone loves a show-stopping main dish for a special occasion or holiday meal. Look no further than a perfectly cooked Roasted Bone-In Prime Rib. This delicious cut of beef is not only incredibly flavorful but also surprisingly easy to make. With a mouthwatering herb butter rub and slow roasting in the oven, you can achieve tender, juicy prime rib every time.

slice of prime rib on the bone on plate and whole prime rib on cutting board behind it

When it comes to prime rib, it’s important to start with a whole bone-in cut. Known for its juiciness and flavor, a bone-in prime rib makes a stunning centerpiece for any meal. To ensure you get the best quality, visit your butcher in the morning before they’ve cut the steaks for the day. By doing so, you can purchase a whole prime rib before it’s portioned into ribeye steaks.

For a beautifully presented prime rib, ask your butcher to french the bones, which involves removing any excess fat. This attention to detail enhances the appearance of your bone-in prime rib.

The Secret to Perfect Prime Rib

Making the perfect prime rib is simpler than you might think. Just follow these three simple steps:

  1. Start by searing the prime rib at high heat to create a delicious crust.
  2. After the initial sear, slow roast the prime rib at low heat to achieve a perfect pink center.
  3. Rub the prime rib with a flavorful herb butter rub to enhance its natural taste.

The herb rub adds just the right amount of flavor to complement the richness of the prime rib. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create a mouthwatering dish that will impress your guests.

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Don’t be intimidated by this classic beef recipe. Follow our simple instructions, and you’ll have a delicious prime rib that’s sure to be a hit. If you need some visual guidance, we’ve included a step-by-step video at the bottom of this post.

uncooked bone in prime rib on cutting board


To make this Roasted Bone-In Prime Rib, you’ll need:

  • Bone-In Prime Rib: This recipe is designed for an 8-12 pound bone-in prime rib, also known as a ribeye roast or standing rib roast. You can also use a smaller roast, around 4-6 pounds, by adjusting the other ingredients accordingly. It’s also possible to make this recipe with a boneless prime rib.
  • Unsalted Butter: Soften the butter at room temperature before using it in the recipe. If you’re using salted butter, reduce the amount of added salt.
  • Fresh Herbs: A combination of fresh thyme, rosemary, and parsley adds a delightful herbal aroma to the roast. Feel free to experiment with other herbs like sage, oregano, or basil.
  • Garlic: Freshly crushed garlic cloves provide a burst of flavor.
  • Salt and Black Pepper: Season the butter with salt and black pepper to taste.


Here’s a summary of the steps involved in making a mouthwatering Roasted Bone-In Prime Rib. For detailed instructions, ingredient quantities, and a step-by-step video, refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Let the prime rib come to room temperature by leaving it on a cutting board for at least one hour.
  2. Soften the butter at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the softened unsalted butter, fresh herbs, crushed garlic cloves, salt, and black pepper.
  5. Rub a light layer of the herb butter paste on the bottom and sides of the ribeye roast.
  6. Place the roast, bone side down, in a roasting pan and generously spread the remaining herb butter on top.
  7. Roast the prime rib in the preheated oven at 450°F for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 250°F and continue cooking for approximately 12-15 minutes per pound of meat.
  8. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. For medium-rare, remove the prime rib from the oven at 122°F, as the temperature will continue to rise as it rests.
  9. Cover the prime rib loosely with aluminum foil and let it rest for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
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butter, garlic and herbs in glass mixing bowl

herb butter rubbed ribeye roast in roasting pan with sliced onions

roasted prime rib in roasting pan

thermometer that reads 125 degrees stuck in cooked prime rib

When it’s time to serve your prime rib, remember to slice it against the grain into slices approximately 1/2 to 1 inch thick. You can either slice between the bones or remove the bone before slicing. A sharp knife or electric knife will help you achieve clean, precise cuts.

bone in prime rib on wood cutting board with slice cut off of the meat

slice of prime rib with the bone on plate with fresh rosemary sprigs

slice of cooked prime rib on plate with horseradish sauce in bowl

So, impress your loved ones with a Roasted Bone-In Prime Rib that’s tender, flavorful, and sure to be a hit at any special occasion. For more delicious recipes and cooking inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.