Thanksgiving might be the next holiday on the docket, but if we’re being honest? When it comes to our meal planning, we’re already looking forward to Christmas! There’s so much to look forward to, from cozy, tasty mornings to everybody’s favorite sides, but we all know the culinary star is the main entree— especially when you go all out and make a classic roast!

If you’re springing for a pricey roast this holiday season, the last thing you want to do is ruin it in the cooking. To make a beautiful and tasty roast that will impress your family and friends, you don’t need much. You just need some salt, pepper, garlic and a tried and true cooking method. Luckily, we found the BEST one, coming to us from the pros over at Allrecipes. Take a look and see how it’s done, then read on for even more info!

Foolproof Rib Roast

Serves 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes


  • 1 5-pound standing beef rib roast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Need or want the full, written, printable recipe? Allrecipes is sharing it HERE on their website!

So the simple and smart trick? Bake the roast for an hour, then turn the oven off— and then keep it closed! Letting the roast come down in temperature in conjunction with the oven for 3 hours, then warming it back up 30 minutes before serving guarantees a tender roast that’s definitely done, but absolutely not overcooked. Perfect!

The only difficult thing about this recipe? Not opening the oven door to take a peak! The ultimate result is so worth it, though; just one bite of this perfectly seasoned and utterly tender rib roast will put any doubts you have about this method to rest.

So what do you think? Have you ever tried this “foolproof” method before? What other herbs, spices or other tasty ingredients would you add to the flavorful rub? Do you think you’ll try this recipe this Christmas?

Oh, and if you’re worried about trying to fit all those side dishes on the stovetop while the roast occupies the oven— we’ve got you covered! Check out 3 Classic Sides You Can Make In Your Slow Cooker!