Rib Roast with Red Wine Pan Sauce

Prep: 1 1/2 hour

Cook: 1 1/2 hour

Serves: 4-6

Recipe from Chef Ashley Christensen, Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, North Carolina


3 rib prime rib roast, about 6 pounds

5 cloves garlic, cut into quarters lengthwise

2 tablespoons kosher salt

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon Spanish smoked paprika

2 cups dry red wine

½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-tablespoon pieces

2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Using a sharp paring knife, make 20 shallow incisions in the fat cap of the roast. Slide 1 piece of garlic into each incision. Use your fingers to rub the fat over the incisions to cover them.
  3. Combine the salt, pepper, and paprika in a small bowl. Rub the mixture over the roast, covering the entire surface evenly. Let sit at room temperature for about 1 hour.
  4. Set the roast, fat side up, in a roasting pan just large enough to hold it. (If you use a larger pan, the pan juices will evaporate, rather than collect on the bottom.) Roast for 15 minutes. Decrease the heat for 350 degrees F and roast for 1 – 1.2 hours longer, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat, away from the bone, reads 125 degrees F for medium rare. If the temperature is too low, continue roasting, checking the temperature every 10 minutes. Transfer the roast to a cutting board and let rest for 20 minutes. This resting period allows the juices to settle, so they won’t rush out when the roast is carved.
  5. Skim away all but about 2 tablespoons of the fat from the pan juices. Put the pan on the stove top over 2 burners and turn on the heat to medium-high. Add just enough of the red wine to coast the bottom of the pan and scrape the bottom and sides to loosen any stuck bits of meat. Add the remaining wine and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small saucepan and stir in the tarragon. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm over low heat.
  6. Carve the roast by slicing between the rib plate and the meat, angling the blade toward the cones to guide the knife through without damaging the meat. Once the bones are removed, cut the meat into thick slices. Place on a warmed platter and tip with the red wine sauce. Serve and enjoy!