Recipe courtesy of Melissa Gaman for Food Network Kitchen

Standing Rib Roast

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 15 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Cooking a big rib roast can seem daunting and the hefty price tag doesn’t help. But keeping the seasonings simple so the flavor of the meat can shine, and using a meat thermometer from the start, will ensure a properly cooked roast with good flavor and a crisp exterior. The ends of the roast will always be more cooked than the center, which makes it perfect for a crowd where everyone likes their beef at a different doneness.



  1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven (move the other racks up to make room for the roast). Pat the rib roast dry with paper towels. Using a sharp thin knife, poke slits in the top and sides of the roast and between the ribs; stuff the slits with the garlic slices, poking them into the meat so that they’re covered. (Do this 3 or 4 slits at a time so you don’t lose track of where you made the cuts.)
  2. Pulse the peppercorns in a mini food processor or spice grinder to break them up. Add 2 tablespoons salt, the rosemary and thyme and pulse until finely chopped. Pour into a small bowl and stir in the olive oil. Rub all over the top, sides and bottom of the roast (not the bones). Set on a rack in a roasting pan, bone-side down, and let stand at room temperature, 30 to 60 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450˚ F. 
  3. If using a probe thermometer, insert it into the thickest part of the roast, about halfway in. Place on the lower oven rack and roast until the meat starts browning and the fat sizzles, about 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325˚ F and continue roasting until the internal temperature registers 130˚ F, 1 1/2 to 2 hours more, carefully basting with the drippings every 30 minutes. 
  4. Transfer the rack with the roast to a rimmed baking sheet or large cutting board and let rest 30 to 40 minutes. Carve off the bones in one piece (see right), then slice the meat with a sharp carving knife.

Cook’s Note

Carving: Bones are nice for presentation, but they get in the way of slicing. To remove them in one piece, position the roast with the bones pointing up, then slice down, following the curve of the bones. Well-Done Ends: The end of a rib roast will always be more cooked than the center, so you’ll have pieces to suit all tastes. When you pull the roast from the oven, the internal temperature should register 130˚ F; it will climb as the meat rests.