Poor Mans Prime Rib

Poor Mans Prime Rib

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: Approximately 2 hours

Servings: 6-8

Difficulty Level: Easy


  • 4-5 pounds beef sirloin roast (bone-in for more flavor)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the Roast:
    • Take the beef sirloin roast out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Pat it dry with paper towels.
  3. Season the Roast:
    • Rub the roast with salt and black pepper, ensuring an even coating. In a small bowl, mix dried rosemary, dried thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Rub this herb mixture evenly over the entire surface of the roast.
  4. Sear the Roast:
    • In a large oven-safe skillet or roasting pan, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Sear the roast on all sides until it develops a golden-brown crust.
  5. Prepare Pan Juices:
    • Pour beef broth and red wine (if using) into the skillet to deglaze it, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. This will add rich flavor to the pan juices.
  6. Add Aromatics:
    • Add peeled garlic cloves and unsalted butter to the skillet. Allow the butter to melt.
  7. Roast in the Oven:
    • Place the skillet in the preheated oven and roast the beef for approximately 20 minutes per pound, or until it reaches your desired level of doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 135°F (57°C) for medium-rare or adjust as per your preference.
  8. Baste (Optional):
    • Baste the roast with the pan juices every 30 minutes for added flavor and moisture.
  9. Rest the Roast:
    • Once cooked, remove the roast from the oven and let it rest for at least 15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat.
  10. Carve and Serve:
    • Carve the “Poor Man’s” Prime Rib into slices and serve with the flavorful pan juices.
  11. Enjoy!
    • Enjoy this budget-friendly yet delicious alternative to prime rib.


  • Adjust the seasoning and cooking time based on the size of your roast and your desired level of doneness.
  • The red wine is optional but adds depth to the flavor. You can substitute it with additional beef broth if you prefer.
  • Save the pan juices to drizzle over the sliced roast for added richness.

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