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Coffee Rub Prime Rib

  • Author: Jennifer Shreckengost
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 105 minutes
  • Yield: 6 -8 1x


A holiday favorite, this coffee rub prime rib with Certified Angus Beef ® brand is covered in a flavorful crust with a tender and juicy center. 

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4 pound prime rib (1 pound per person)

Coffee rub:

  • 1/4 cup finely ground dark coffee
  • 1 Tbsp. pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tbsp. ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

Horseradish sauce:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
  • 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Combine coffee rub ingredients into a small bowl and mix together.
  3. Rub the spice mixture heavily, all over the entire prime rib.
  4. Place prime rib into a small roasting pan onto a roasting rack. You don’t want the prime rib sitting directly on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Place prime rib into the oven and cook at 450 degrees for 30 minutes.
  6. Combine the horseradish ingredients in a small bowl, stirring to combine, and place in the refrigerator until time to serve.
  7. Reduce heat down to 325 degrees F. after 30 minutes, then cook for the remaining time as per the package directions (usually about 15 min. per pound)
  8. Using a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature to ensure it’s cooked to the level you prefer. Typically medium rare = 130-135 degrees, medium = 135-140 degrees, medium well 140-150 degrees and well done 155+ degrees.
  9. Once the temperature has reached the desired level, remove prime rib from oven and let rest for 20-30 minutes. NOTE: the internal temperature will typically rise about 5 degrees as it rests, so keep that in mind when checking the temperature.
  10. Slice and serve with homemade horseradish sauce.