Herb & pepper crusted rib of beef


  • 1 tbsp rock salt
  • 2 tbsp cracked black peppercorn
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • small bunch rosemary, finely chopped
  • small bunch parsley, chopped
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3kg rib of beef on the bone

For the gravy

  • onions, sliced
  • 250ml red wine
  • 400ml fresh beef stock


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Mix the rock salt, peppercorns, garlic, rosemary, parsley and olive oil. Rub this mixture all over the beef rib then place in a roasting tin. Put in the oven and cook for 30 mins, then turn the oven down to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and cook for a further 1 hr 20 mins. Remove from the oven, transfer the beef to a board, cover with tin foil and rest for 30 mins before carving.
  2. While the beef rests, make the gravy. Pour off all but 2 tbsp of fat from the roasting tin and reserve any juices. Fry the onions in the roasting tin over a medium heat for about 10 mins, then add the wine, stock and reserved juices. Keep cooking for a further 10 mins to reduce to a thick sauce, season well and serve alongside the roast beef.

Recipe Tip


The herb & pepper mix for the beef can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge.

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