Peppered Rib Roast

Peppered Rib Roast

Peppered Rib Roast

Peppered Sirloin Steak

We love to do this for Christmas dinner, because we are usually turkey-and-stuffing’ed out by then.  This recipe will make enough marinade for an 8 lb. boneless rib roast for large gatherings, which will serve 12-16 nice servings, with some leftover for the most delicious cold roast beef sandwiches you ever had.  I do not recommend reheating this meat, as the marinade gets strong, almost bitter upon reheating.  Instead I always eat the leftovers cold, in a sandwich.

In the beginning, I only made this roast for large dinner parties and holidays. Not because it was hard to make, but because that’s when I tend to serve rib roasts. But I realized this marinade could be used on other cuts of beef.  More often now I do it for a  3-4 lb. rib roast, or sometimes just use a lean chuck or sirloin roast or individual steaks. It’s a wonderful marinade and sure is Atkins friendly, just not Induction friendly, because of the wine.  Leaving out the wine just isn’t an option for this recipe, so wait until the Atkins OWL (Ongoing Weight Loss) phase to enjoy this wonderful dish.


1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. paprika

1/8 c. tamari (or low-sodium soy sauce)

1/2 c. dry red wine (I usually use burgundy or claret)

1 T. tomato paste

1½ T. coarse ground black pepper (or enough to entirely coat your meat on all sides)


Pound the coarse ground black pepper over all surfaces of an 8 rib roast using the but of your palm. Use less if doing a small piece of meat. Place meat in glass dish. I drizzle marinate every half hour (as often as you can remember to stop and do it) most of a day (minimum 6 hours). Most efficient way to marinate without disturbing pepper coating is to use a basting brush. Do not touch the meat with your brush, or you’ll wipe all the pepper off! Hold it over the meat and let it drip off the brush. When surface is soaked, put in refrigerator to marinate between “bastings”.  I baste hourly until cooking time.


This recipe is not good done in the oven. It’s the marriage with charcoal smoke that makes this recipe divine.  You charcoal the 8 lb. rib roast for about 2 hours over medium charcoal fire, using a rotary spit. If you don’t have one, like me, just turn the meat every half hour to sear all surfaces. Best if not cooked past medium-medium rare stage.  I take mine off at 120º degrees on my meat thermometer and set is on my cutting board for another 10 minutes.  A piece of meat this large will continue to climb to around 140º while setting. That’s usually a nice pink medium rare inside.

If doing chuck roast or individual rib steaks with this, cook a 3-4 lb. chuck about 20 minutes on a side for medium rare. Cook the steaks as you usually would.

This is a most unusual taste when grilled outside. It always gets the WOWS when served. Hope you folks will try it. I think you’ll find you won’t be sorry you did! The outside slices are so good we always fight over them at home. :)


The marinade is discarded when you cook the meat.  No further basting should be done while cooking.   Therefore calculating how much is consumed becomes difficult.  It would also be impossible for me to know how many servings you are able to get out of your roast.  So I’m providing the totals for the entire batch of marinade and you will have to see how much it makes and how much is left in the pan before discarding to determine roughly how much is staying on the meat and thus consumed by how many people you are serving.   Most of the sauce goes down the drain, to be perfectly honest, so you’re getting mostly sodium from the soy sauce and a few carbs from the wine and tomato paste (a little more if you get the end slices).  The figures below DO NOT INCLUDE THE MEAT.

Entire batch marinade has:

131 calories

.7 g. fat

18 g. carbs

4.6 g. fiber

5.5 g. protein

approx. 1070 mg. sodium


2 comments on “Peppered Rib Roast

  1. This was phenomenal on a London Broil grilled on the weber! I can’t wait to try it on a prime rib or other beef roast!

    Thanks Peggy, you are a genius!!


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