Prime Rib With Cabernet Jus

Total Time
3hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This special prime rib recipe has received rave reviews from folks at Epicurious, and is a time-tested repeat holiday dish for many of them. The jus goes well on other cuts of beef or buffalo, too! From Bon Appétit, December 1995.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large non-aluminum saucepan or pot, combine the jus ingredients: carbernet, stock, port, peeled garlic cloves, shallot, bay leaves, and dried thyme.
  2. Simmer until mixture reduces to 2 cups, about 1 hour.
  3. (Note: Cabernet reduction can be prepared 2 days ahead, which gives the flavors time to meld nicely; cool, cover and refrigerate.).
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  5. Place the prime rib fat-side-up in a heavy baking pan (13x9x2-inch), and rub it all over with the pressed garlic and 2 teaspoons dried/crushed thyme, then season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Roast in 450 degree oven for 30 minutes, then reduce temperature to 200 degrees F, tent the pan with foil, and continue roasting until a meat thermometer inserted into the center registers a rare 118 degrees F, about 2 1/2 hours (depending on cut and oven).
  7. (Alternately, instead of the slow roasting method you can follow what the recipe originally called for: 450 degrees F for 1 hour, tent with foil, then continue until it reads 118 degrees, about 35 minutes.).
  8. Transfer the meat to a serving platter, cover loosely with foil, and let stand for 20 minutes.
  9. About 5 minutes before serving, pour off all the fat from the roasting pan and place it over medium-high heat.
  10. Add the cabernet reduction to the pan and bring it to a boil – make sure to scrape up all the tasty browned bits – and season to taste with salt and pepper; pour the jus into a sauceboat.
  11. Garnish the beef serving platter with sprigs of parsley.
  12. Carve the beef and serve, passing the jus separately.


Most Helpful

Love this recipe serve every Christmas with lobster. Couple of variations I would add. On the outside of the meat I add much more salt and pepper and garlic than recipe calls for. Also by getting butter warmers you can put your au jus in and it stays hot as you are eating the prime rib.

oreomnichols November 19, 2010

Served this fantastic recipe for Christmas dinner. I cooked a 4.5-5 pound prime rib roast for 1 hour and 30 minutes at 325 degrees F until it reached 135 degrees on the meat thermometer because we like our beef rare. It was so tender, just melted in your mouth. I made the jus exactly as stated, and it was superb. Mine did take 2 hours to reduce to 2 cups, rather than the 1 hour stated, so I was glad I made it two days in advance. I will definitely make this again! Thanks Julesong!!!

AmandaInOz December 26, 2007

I know I'm a little late, but I used the au Jus recipe for my prime rib dinner for Christmas. This was one of the best I have ever had. I would give it 6 stars can do. I DID follow the recipe as posted. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

GregV March 14, 2007

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