- Prep time
- 20 minutes
- Cook time
- About 3 hours, or 10–12 minutes per pound
- 20–25 servings
Nothing says the holidays like a big, juicy roast beef. Break out that well-aged bottle of Bordeaux you've been saving, and be sure to serve it with plenty of horseradish.
- 1 standing rib roast (6-bone size, about 14 pounds)
- ¼ cup kosher salt
- Pepper, to taste
- 3 bunches thyme, picked and rough chopped
- 12 cloves garlic, minced
Remove roast from refrigerator 1 hour before cooking. Heat oven to 450°F.
Season roast with salt, pepper, thyme and garlic. Place roast bone-side down in a roasting pan. Cook in oven for 15 minutes at 450°F, then turn down the temperature to 275°F.
Continue cooking roast for 10–12 minutes per pound, until an internal temperature of 110°F is reached (for medium rare). Begin checking internal temperature 30 minutes prior to estimated finished cook time.
Allow roast to rest for 30–45 minutes before carving to allow for carryover cooking.
Techniques used in this recipe:
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