A Christmas Dinner Tradition: Prime Rib


It is that time of year again! Who doesn’t love Christmas? The lights, the music, and the food! Some families make turkeys; some make hams. But at my house growing up we had prime rib. So delicious. What I love about it though is that the tradition carried over to my children. My oldest daughter had it for her first Christmas, as did my other children. I’d say that, that is definitely something they loved about the holidays.

Now, my family didn’t always have prime rib for our Christmas night dinner. This did not come along until I was in high school. I guess my dad was tired of the same old ham that he would usually make. So prime rib became the main part of our holiday feast. Not a single one of us were disappointed.

I don’t know if the rub he made for it was just something he threw together or if he got it out of a recipe book. My dad is an amazing cook, so honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if it was something he just improvised. Most likely to be changed just a little bit each year until he thought it was perfected. Let me tell you, it was absolutely perfect!

So now you’re thinking to yourself, you want to try this. Luckily for you, I have the rub recipe and I am going to share it with all of you.  

The Rub: Kosher salt, fresh rosemary and thyme, dry rosemary and thyme, and lots of ground pepper. Mix all together and rub on the prime rib. 

  1. Sit the rubbed prime rib on a rack in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Cook at 400 degrees covered for the first 20 minutes.
  3. Then uncover and reduce heat to 350 degrees until done.

Serve along with all the normal holiday fixings. Personally I like just a little bit of horseradish with mine. Gives it a little kick! My Aunt cooks her prime rib with the rub for News Years. She says there is nothing like a prime rib and champagne dinner to end the old year and start the new one.  Enjoy this holiday tradition from my family to yours!!

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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