coffee-rubbed prime rib with easy horseradish sauce
Raise your coffee mug if you partake in a gag or white elephant gift exchange.
Every Christmas when my immediate family gathers, we feast, drink giggle juice, open presents, and reminisce about the year. But we always end the night with our famous gag gift exchange. Some notable gifts in past: Breaking Beaker and Bunsen T-shirt, enema cleaning kit, a cop uniform shirt from a particular county where someone received a speeding ticket, onion goggles, Ninja cookie cutters, Carlo Rossi jug of wine and bricks of cheese, and my personal favorite, a Corgi Butt’s calendar.
This year I drew my older brother, John. I am a bit stumped at the moment on what to actually get him. He’s a writer (works at Hallmark!), musician, handy around the house, and loves hot weather. His sign is…..wait. Did I just write a Tender ad? S%$t! I just misspelled Tender. I mean Tinder. DOH! Really, my brother is happily married with two kids so………..send me your thoughts or links of ideas!
Even though we all nearly pee our pants from laughter during the gag exchange, the true star of our Christmas gathering is the prime rib beast. Mr. B and I are always in charge of prepping, nurturing, and roasting the bad boy.
Now, there are 8, 692 ways to cook a prime rib. Here are my suggestions: 1) create a rub using a coffee and brown sugar-like one mentioned below, 2) roast on high for 15 minutes and then turn the oven back and cook 20 minutes per pound, and 3) hide the sucker from the Grinch. He’s a mean one.
Whatever you do don’t forget the horsey sauce to go along! Wait. Do people still eat that? Or was that just a 1994 Arby’s fad? Whatevs.
Happy roasting, friends.
Coffee-Rubbed Prime Rib with Easy Horseradish Sauce
for the prime rib:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 lbs bone-in prime rib
2 tablespoons coffee grounds
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne
salt and pepper to taste
for the horseradish sauce:
1 1/4 cups sour cream
1 tablespoon chives, diced
dash of Tabasco
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon champagne vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
for the prime rib:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place prime rib in a roasting pan fat and rib side facing down. Let the prime rib come to room temperature for at least an hour before to ensure even cooking. Rub olive oil all over the prime rib. In a bowl, combine coffee, brown sugar, garlic powder, Cayenne, and s&p. Rub the coffee mixture all over the prime rib. Place the prime rib in the oven and roast for about 15 minutes. Then, turn the heat back to 325 degrees to finish cooking. You'll want to cook the prime rib for every one pound equals 20 minutes, or until a thermometer reaches 120 degrees for medium-rare.
Remove prime rib from oven and set on a wire rack to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving. Serve with horseradish along side. Enjoy!
for the horseradish sauce:
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors combine.
adapted from Bon AppetitAll images and text ©
Well hello there gorgeous!! I have never made a rib roast before, but I HAVE participated in many white elephant gift exchanges. Let’s just clarify though–white elephant does mean goofy/quirky/offbeat gifts, right?? I’ll never forget the time we showed up at our very first neighborhood Christmas party with a Snuggie for the white elephant gift exchange. To my horror, everyone started opening up fancy bottles of wine and boxed chocolate!! That is not a white elephant gift, people. That is an actual nice gift. Luckily, our neighbors didn’t kick us out, but we’ll probably forever be the leopard Snuggie people now.
Um, Courtney…..1) you have to make this rib roast. seriously, life changing! 2) i would have died at that elephant exchange. i can’t believe they brought “nice” gifts. 3) double high-five for the snuggie! i like your style.
This beef looks perfect Lauren! Loooove the rub…even more than a good gag gift 😉
I’ll high-five that! Thanks, Kari!
Thank you, Brenda!
I’m drooling over this! I absolutely love coffee + red meat. It can’t be beat (HA – I made a rhyme!). Here in New England we call secret santa/white elephant exchanges “yankee swaps” and people who aren’t from here always seem to get a chuckle out of that!
BAHAHAHA! You rock, Liz! Thanks!!
Oh wow! This looks mouthwateringly yummy and I can’t get over that horseradish sauce!
Why, thank you, Tori! The horseradish sauce is my fav!
Oh, I have to try this. I love coffee rubs. This looks fantastic.
Naomi, you will love this!! Definitely my go-to recipe during the holidays!
Coffee rub… sounds dirty. IN a good way! 😉
Your gag gifts are WAY more fun than mine! I need to step it up a bit!
LOL!!! Naughty is essential to survive the holidays! Thanks, Kate!
Your family clearly knows how to party! Sorry, I’m hopeless on gift suggestions. How about this roast? It would make me pretty happy 🙂
You know I’ll save you a slice girl! xoxo
Prime rib is one of my FAVORITES! It’s time to break it out for Christmas especially with this rub.
omg. 1) You’ll giggle when you see my post tomorrow. 2) Horsey sauce = reason #2048493 I love you.
EEEEK!! Can’t wait! xoxo
I am just loving the look and sound of this coffee rub! I never have flavoured meat with coffee before so this is definitely something that I need to try. Thanks for the idea!
Thank you, Thalia!! xoxo
THIS is what Christmas dinner should look like. I always try to shake things up for Christmas, and go with something a little more fancy than a turkey or ham. This is just perfect! That red, juicy flesh and charred outside. Wow.
Nicole, you gotta’ go for it! This is hands down my families favorite!
Mmmmkay Lauren, let’s set some things straight here: 1) It’s almost midnight here and I’m in bed. 2) My baby is happily asleep. 3) Your gorgeous pictures of your gorgeous food make me want to get up and cook some prime rib (I don’t even have right now) instead of getting some much needed rest. 4) Please give me a warning in advance next time you post such amazing food so I can go to sleep without dreaming of beef all night. Looks SO delicious!
Nora, you are so sweet!! Stay in bed and I would happily bring you some prime rib! xoxo
That sounds fantastic. I’ve actually never made a prime rib roast before, roast ALWAYS fails for me, it’s my nemesis. So I certainly don’t waste money on the nice roasts! 🙂 But the next time I decide that I need to make a roast whether it turns out or not, I will definitely be trying that rub!
Stacey, I swear you can totally rock this recipe! I would totally try to make this because it’s a two rib and a lot less hassle!
I love a good White elephant exchange! And I love me some meat on a plate, too.
Seriously, way too funny how similar our post are today. Loving that sauce! 🙂
I am sending this off to my mom as a hint hint for Christmas dinner. Now if only I didn’t have to wait for Christmas.
This roast is gorgeous and coffee rub + steak… love the combo. With the horsey sauce of course. Who cares if it reminds you of Arby’s, I love the stuff (the real stuff that is) and I love your family. Corgi butts calendar..that’s hilarious!
I went to a white elephant party one year and ended up with a giant industrial can of baked beans. It sat in my pantry for a year until I finally got a clue and donated it to the food bank.
This giant hunk of meat looks amazing! I love how a simple coffee rub can make meat taste more meaty.
This is a game-changer! Coffee-rubbed?! Oh geez, this has my name written alllll over it!!
When the.boy and I start being allowed to host Christmas, there will TOTALLY be a white elephant component! I mean, ALL THE FUN is had during white elephant. I’m convinced.
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