Juli's Fool-Proof Rib Roast


Can't go wrong with this easy roast! It's perfect for holiday dinners with family.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
10 servings



  • 1 (5 pound) standing beef rib roast, trimmed of fat

  • 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed

  • 2 pounds new potatoes, halved

  • 1 onion, cut into thin wedges

Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream

  • 3 tablespoons horseradish

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives


  1. Let beef stand at room temperature 1 hour.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Stir together 2 teaspoons salt, garlic powder, pepper, thyme, and fennel seeds in a small bowl. Put beef, rib side down, on a rack set in a roasting pan. Rub beef with spice mixture.

  4. Place pan in preheated oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part registers at least 135 degrees F for medium-rare, 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 hours, or 150 degrees F for medium, 2 1/4 to 2 3/4 hours. Transfer beef to a cutting board; let stand, covered with foil, about 15 minutes (do not drain pan).

  5. Meanwhile, boil potatoes and onion in a pot of salted water 10 minutes. Drain, then sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  6. Remove rack from roasting pan, add vegetables, and toss to coat with drippings. Return pan to oven and roast until vegetables are browned and tender, 30 to 40 minutes.

  7. Make Dipping Sauce

  8. Stir together sour cream, horseradish, and chives in a bowl.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

425 Calories
26g Fat
19g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 425
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 576mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 20mg 102%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 797mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.