The Big Easy® Prime Rib Recipe

The Big Easy® Prime Rib Recipe


The Big Easy® Prime Rib recipe delivers a medium-rare roast worthy of being featured as the highlight of your meal. Prime rib, also known as a standing rib roast, is prized for its tender and juicy flavor profile. But that prime cut often comes with a prime price – which is why it’s important to get it right the first time, every time.

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Serves 8-10
For the Roast
(5-pound) rib roast
For the Rub
tablespoon sea salt
tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

Ingredient Tips

Rib Roast
Most rib roasts come with a thick layer of fat on top. You can leave it on for more flavor or cut it down to a thinner layer.
NO Sugar
Your rub and/or marinade should contain NO sugar. Sugar will cause your food to burn.


Prep: 5 Minutes, Cook: 1 Hour - 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Power up The Big Easy® Oil-Less Turkey Fryer.

Hot Tip: The Big Easy was designed to be powered ON (all the way to the left) and OFF (all the way to the right). All recipes for The Big Easy are based on operating the fryer at full power.

Combine salt and pepper in a small bowl. Season the roast on all sides with the rub.


Place beef roast in the roaster basket. Lower the basket into the cooking chamber. Insert a meat thermometer into the center of the meatiest part of the roast so that the dial is easy to read when the basket is in the cooker.

Hot Tip: To minimize sticking, coat the wire frame of the cooking basket with oil before inserting roast.

Cook until the internal temperature of the roast reaches 110°F for rare or 115°F for medium-rare, about 1 to 1 ½ hours. Cook time varies based on weather conditions and the size of your roast.

Hot Tip: Cover the fryer with the wire mesh lid during the first or last 15 minutes of the cook for crispy skin, using infrared heat reflected back into cooking chamber. If used throughout cook, this heat can burn food before it is fully cooked.

Lift the roaster basket out of the chamber and set it on a shallow sheet pan. When the basket is cool to the touch, remove your prime rib roast.


Place it on a platter or tray. Cover with aluminum foil and a kitchen towel, leaving the meat thermometer in place. Allow the roast to rest until it reaches 120-129°F for rare or 130-134°F for medium-rare, about 20 minutes.

Hot Tip: The internal temperature continues to cook the roast, raising it to the target temperature. If someone insists on medium-well or well-done, grill their slices on the grill at 500°F to an internal temperature of 160-170°F after the roast is finished cooking.

Serve with flavorful sides like grilled veggies and Hasselback potatoes.

Hot Tip: Call The Big Easy Hotline at 1-800-526-1065 with any questions you may have about cooking with The Big Easy. It’s available year-round, including Thanksgiving Day (8 am-4 pm EST).
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  • Richard OZ | Dec 31, 2017

    I am attempting to cook a 15 pound Prime-Rib in the big easy so let’s see how it goes.

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  • Ravoli | Jan 15, 2018

    Make sure the meat is room temp before cooking or it takes a very long time to cook. Made this several times, it is awesome!

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  • Matt | Apr 19, 2018

    How long does it take to reach rare temperature?

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    • Shelby Hood | Aug 6, 2018

      According to the USDA , it's best to grill steak to a minimum of 145 °F (62.8 °C), followed by a rest period of 3 minutes.

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  • Felix Iceland | Apr 19, 2018

    How much heat do you use? High, medium or low?

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    • Shelby Hood | Aug 6, 2018

      This product doesn't have specific high, medium and low settings; monitoring according to temperature produces the best results.

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  • Kenny | Jun 13, 2018

    Do you cook on Hi Medium or low

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    • Shelby Hood | Aug 6, 2018

      You cook according to meat temperature; this product does not have a high, medium and low setting.

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  • Dave T | Aug 10, 2018

    Minutes per pound or do you just go by temp? 15 mins/pound??

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    • Shelby Hood | Aug 14, 2018

      We prefer to go by internal temperature, which usually takes about 15-minutes-per-pound.

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  • Bill | Sep 8, 2018

    So do you set it to high or low heat

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    • Shelby Hood | Sep 11, 2018

      Hi Bill, set it to high heat.

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  • Shannon | Oct 27, 2018

    how large of a prime rib can I use? making for 13 people?

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    • Shelby Hood | Oct 29, 2018

      Hi Shannon, you can use one up to 16-pounds.

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  • Gary | Nov 27, 2018

    I’m doing a 10 lb. prime rib in my Big Easy. Recipes I’ve seen say to place it rib side down, but mine won’t fit that way. Is it ok to place the prime rib on end in the basket? Also, should I use the smaller basket to raise up the meat inside the cooker?

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    • Char-Broil | Dec 3, 2018

      Hi, if you need to flip the prime rib around to fit in the basket you can do so. If the prime rib fits in the smaller basket without compromising the cooking area with The Big Easy, you can do so as well.

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  • Anon | Dec 12, 2019

    Followed the directions EXACTLY. Dry and overcooked. Do not cook past 115 internal temp. ours rose 25 degrees, after it was pulled from the heat and covered For the record I ordered prime rib every Saturday from a restaurant that people would drive over an hour to on Saturday for their prime rib. Bought this to do prime rib on Christmas. Disappointing.

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    • Char-Broil | Dec 20, 2019

      That is disappointing. We're so sorry to hear it. This recipe will be updated, taking your input into consideration.

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  • Goebes | Dec 22, 2019

    We leave our digital probe in the roast while it's tenting to monitor the temp

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  • Darren | Dec 23, 2019

    Does a 16 lb Prime Rib roast take 4 hours ???

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    • Char-Broil | Feb 12, 2020

      A 16-pound prime rib roast can take up to 4 hours, depending on your preferred doneness. We recommend basing doneness on the meat's internal temperature rather than the time elapsed. Times are given as a guideline.

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  • Shane | Dec 23, 2019

    I have 2 small roasts, about 6lbs each. Am I able to use my tier basket and do 2 at once? If so, does one (top or bottom) cook faster than the other?

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    • Char-Broil | Jan 22, 2020

      Hi Shane,

      Yes! This is exactly what the tier aka Bunk Bed Roaster Basket was designed for. With the Infrared design, the top one may cook faster than the one on the bottom. We suggest inserting a meat thermometer in each to monitor their individual levels of doneness and prevent overcooking.

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  • Steve | Dec 25, 2019

    I followed Anon's post of only cooking to internal temp of 115 and it came out perfect. I also had a 5lb rib roast and pulled it out at 117 degrees. Mine also rose 25 degrees after resting. Tasted Great! Last years came out well done following other directions. Thanks Anon!

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  • DanD | Dec 31, 2019

    Has the prime rib recipe been updated as far as medium rare temperature?

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    • Char-Broil | Feb 12, 2020

      Hi Dan - Yes, this recipe has been updated. Let us know what you think. Thanks for checking back!

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  • John | Apr 7, 2020

    Am doing a 10 pound honey baked ham in Big Easy Fryer. Cannot find my booklet for cooking times per pound. Any help is appreciated.

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    • Char-Broil | Apr 9, 2020

      Hi John,

      We generally recommend cooking ham until it reaches an internal temperature of 140°F, about 1 hour and allowing it to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Here's a link to our Pineapple Bourbon Glazed Ham, cooked in The Big Easy.

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  • DrewP | Apr 13, 2020

    Made it tonight and took it off at 115F. Let it rest until 130. Came out AWESOME!

    I think you should edit the instructions for those that insist on a well done prime rib: offer them something else.

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    • Char-Broil | Apr 14, 2020

      LOL! I mean, why ruin a perfectly cooked prime rib, right?

      Thanks for the shout out. We love to hear it!

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