Prime Rib with Santa Maria Rub

by Dorothy Reinhold on December 6, 2015

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The turkeys may have owned Thanksgiving, with all their gobbling and stuffability and affinity for cranberry sauce.

But beef owns the whole month of December, and especially Christmas. Beef is a celebration meat. It’s delicious, it’s comforting to eat, it has simply amazing taste, and it just feels special when you see it on your plate. Beef brings the party with it.

That’s what you’re looking for in a holiday meal, when daughters return from their first semester at college, when sons leave their teenage friends and surfboards to devote time to the family, when nephews drive in from downtown hipster lofts and grad school, when aunts and cousins fly in just to see you, when good friends crowd the dining room table because it’s been waaaay too long.

You want to pull out all the stops for a meal to remember. You want to give your guests the time of their life, and make them anxious for their invitation to next year’s event. You want aroma, mouthfeel, eyes-closed chewing pleasure, and satisfied bellies.

You want a Certified Angus Beef® Brand Prime Rib roast – the highest quality beef on the market — rubbed with Santa Maria spice mix.

Prime Rib with Santa Maria Rub on ShockinglyDelicious.comI’m going to help you get just what you want, thanks to a new free app for your phone that banishes all the potential uncertainty and nervousness of making a roast. Many of us don’t roast beef often enough (if ever!) and so we think we don’t know how to do it. We wonder…

What if we ruin the roast?

You simply can’t ruin the roast with the Roast Perfect app. It guides you through what cut to buy, how many it will feed, general principles of roasting, and the timing and temperature for your particular size and cut of roast. Seriously friends, this is easy. There are even recipes on the app for the roasts and side dishes, should you need inspiration.

Sprinkle on Santa Maria Rub on ShockinglyDelicious.comMeat thermometer testing prime rib roast on ShockinglyDelicious.comBut today, I want you to appreciate the classic simplicity of a prime rib. Let’s revel in the interior marbling of the meat that provides so much flavor and keeps the meat moist. Let’s marvel at the perfect pink of rare-medium rare, and let’s sing praises to its tenderness. This is a perfect roast, so let’s make it Roast Perfect! (See what I did there?)

Happy all-December-long holidays to you, and for those who celebrate, Merriest Christmas ever.

Prime Rib with Santa Maria Rub

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 8-10

A simple yet classic rub often used for California tri-tip perfectly seasons a boneless prime rib roast, for an elegant feast.


  • 1 (6-pound) boneless Certified Angus Beef® Brand Prime Rib Roast
  • Santa Maria Rub
  • 1/4 cup (1.5 ounces) coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup (1.5 ounces) cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (.75 ounces) granulated honey (or granulated raw sugar)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (1/8 ounce) granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (1/8 ounce) onion powder


  1. Heat oven to 450F degrees. Pat roast dry with paper towel. Place a rack in a roasting pan.
  2. In a bowl or measuring cup, add all rub ingredients and stir to combine. Using your hands, sprinkle and rub several tablespoons of the mixture all over the roast, including both top and bottom, cut ends and sides.
  3. Place roast on rack and fire up the Roast Perfect app on your phone. Follow directions for optimum roasting, being sure to set your kitchen timer so you can hear when you need to turn the oven down.
  4. For example, the app told me my 6-pound boneless prime rib needed to roast at 450F degrees for 15 minutes, then I should turn the oven down to 325F degrees and roast for 90 more minutes. At that point I took the roast out of the oven and inserted a meat thermometer to check the temp. I wanted a rare roast, so my target temperature was to be 125F degrees, and I needed to remove the roast when it reached 115F-120F degrees. I tented it with foil and let it rest for 15-20 minutes, at which point the internal temperature gained 5 additional degrees.
  5. Once rested, the roast is ready to slice and serve!
  6. Roast serves 8-10. Rub makes about 1/2 cup (3 ounces) mixture.


Recipe source: Rub recipe courtesy of Certified Angus Beef® brand

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Let’s fire up the oven and click open the Roast Perfect app, because the holiday meal will be here before you know it!

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

FoodDoneLight December 8, 2015 at 5:42 am

I love that you used the Santa Maria spice. We lived outside of Santa Maria for a few years. Their BBQ was the best.


Marye Audet-White December 8, 2015 at 5:25 am

This looks so delicious and tender!


ABRecipes December 8, 2015 at 2:56 am

wow prime rib this is a family favorite at home and your recipe looks so good =)


Megan Keno December 7, 2015 at 10:41 pm

I’m hosting a holiday party this season, I might have to try and tackle this for my party!


Dorothy Reinhold December 8, 2015 at 5:35 pm

This can be your centerpiece. You don’t have to do ANYTHING ELSE! Just this.


Meg @ With Salt and Wit December 7, 2015 at 5:53 pm

I have yet to make a roast! For some reason, large pieces of meat scare me…its an expensive mistake! But this app sounds like it could help me out 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold December 8, 2015 at 5:40 pm

You are exactly right. “An expensive mistake” is what stopped me and so many others from making a roast. Seriously, just download the app and browse around on it (it won’t take long), and you will be empowered.


Amy Stafford December 7, 2015 at 5:27 pm

This looks like my kind of roast. I alwyas like to make a roast on Sunday when the whole gang is over for dinner.


Nutmeg Nanny December 7, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Prime rib is one of my favorite cuts of beef. I want all of that!


Dorothy Reinhold December 8, 2015 at 5:40 pm

You may not have all of it. Just being honest. I will save you a big plate though.


sippitysup December 7, 2015 at 9:25 am

I too have never tackled the big papa roast. It’s a restaurant favorite and something I should try at home. GREG


Dorothy Reinhold December 7, 2015 at 9:49 am

You absolutely should. I was intimidated by price and just generally not knowing how to do it, but this phone app — RoastPerfect — just guides you in the simplest way. I need simple! This is not rocket science, and the payoff is huge!


Jenn @ Peas and Crayons December 7, 2015 at 6:18 am

I’ve never tried a roast before on my own so I’m loving all the tips and tricks! Thanks so much! <3


Dorothy Reinhold December 7, 2015 at 8:18 am

It is so incredibly easy. I don’t know why I was so intimidated by it before. Try it!


Karly December 7, 2015 at 5:32 am

That’s a gorgeous piece of meat and the rub sounds perfect!


Dorothy Reinhold December 7, 2015 at 8:18 am

Thanks Karly,
It was truly epic!


Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness December 7, 2015 at 5:32 am

You know, I’ve never actually made Prime Rib before…BUT I love it, so this is pushing me to do it! This would be stunning for Christmas! Pinned!


Dorothy Reinhold December 7, 2015 at 8:19 am

This is quinessential Christmas dinner. If you’re going to eat beef, get the best, and roast it perfectly. That’s all you need, eh?


Rachel Cooks December 7, 2015 at 5:31 am

That rub is calling my name!


Dorothy Reinhold December 7, 2015 at 8:19 am

This rub is so versatile!


Hezzi-D December 6, 2015 at 2:56 pm

I can’t wait to try the Santa Maria seasoning, it sounds delish!


Dorothy Reinhold December 7, 2015 at 8:20 am

You will put it on everything!


Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips December 6, 2015 at 11:32 am

Why yes, yes I do want that!


Dorothy Reinhold December 7, 2015 at 8:21 am

It shall be yours.


Renee@Renee's Kitchen Adventures December 6, 2015 at 9:13 am

I’ve got to try out that rub! Beautiful roast!


Leslie December 6, 2015 at 8:56 am

Unless you actually live on the California Central Coast from Paso to Santa Barbara you cannot truly recreate “Santa Maria Style” from using a rub you have made or purchased on a website. There is so much more to it. While I can appreciate your attempt to bring our little hamlets’ gem to the masses I must wholeheartedly say you cannot do true justice to this style in the oven. It takes real barbecue over a bed of hot coals including the smoke from genuine red oak. Otherwise it’s just a hunk of meat with garlic powder, salt and pepper…


Dorothy Reinhold December 7, 2015 at 8:23 am

I appreciate your point of view, and you’re no doubt right. However, since most people won’t be able to drop in to that area for an authentic version, giving them a taste of it is pretty darn good, in my humble opinion. That way, when they get to California, they will put that region on their must-visit list!


Marion@LifeTastesGood December 6, 2015 at 6:36 am

I really want to try that Santa Maria rub! I have the granulated honey too! Now I just need to pick up a roast! Your roast looks perfect, Dorothy!


Dorothy Reinhold December 6, 2015 at 6:59 am

Thanks Marion! This little rub is a great spice blend and goes well on so many things!


Liz December 6, 2015 at 4:16 am

I need to pick up some granulated honey ASAP—this is one terrific prime rib rub and recipe!!!


Dorothy Reinhold December 6, 2015 at 4:42 am

Brown sugar works, too.


Renee December 6, 2015 at 3:59 am

I love that rub and the roast too. It sure does make a fantastic holiday meal.


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