Ancho-Rubbed Prime Rib with Grilled Papaya Butter

Prime rib is good on its own but we decided to spice it up for this simple dinner recipe. Give it a try!

Ancho-Rubbed Prime Rib with Grilled Papaya Butter
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Grill Time:
2 hrs
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
12 to 1 servings with tablespoon grilled papaya buttter


  • 1 4 pound beef rib roast

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 tablespoon finely ground ancho chili peppers or dark chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 12 tablespoon Grilled Papaya Butter

Grilled Papaya Butter

  • ½ small papaya

  • 1 pound salted butter


  1. Rub beef with the coarse salt and black pepper. Brush with oil. Combine ground ancho peppers or chili powder and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Rub mixture into beef, evenly coating the entire surface.

  2. Prepare grill for indirect grilling. Test for medium heat above drip pan. Place roast on the grill rack, bone side down, directly over drip pan. Cover and grill for 2 to 2-1/4 hours or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest portion reads 155 degree F for medium doneness, turning roast occasionally. Cover and let stand 15 minutes. Cut into individual portions; top with Grilled Papaya Butter. Makes 12 servings.

Grilled Papaya Butter

  1. Peel and seed papaya; cut into thick slices. Lightly brush slices with cooking oil. Grill papaya slices over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, turning once. Set aside. Soften butter (no substitutes). Finely chop papaya; stir into butter. Spoon mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Roll into a log, twisting ends closed. Chill for 2 hours or until firm. Cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick slices to serve. Reserve remaining papaya and papaya butter for another use.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

470 Calories
41g Fat
2g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 470
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 274mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 2.4mg 12%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.