1 four-rib beef rib roast (about 8 lbs.), fat trimmed to 1/4 in.*,
or 1 boned, tied beef cross rib (chuck) roast (4 to 6 lbs.)
8 garlic cloves, slivered lengthwise
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary leaves or 2 tbsp. dried
1/4 cup chopped fresh thyme leaves or 2 tbsp. dried
3 tablespoons freshly cracked black pepper
1 cup coarse sea salt
Fresh Horseradish Sauce
Time: about 3 hours, plus overnight to marinate and 1 1/2 hours resting time. Serves 8 (with 6 oz. servings) plus leftovers
Rinse roast and pat dry. With a small, sharp knife, make small slits all over the meat, and insert a piece of garlic in each.
In a small bowl, combine olive oil, herbs, and pepper. Rub mixture all over meat, wrap airtight, and chill overnight.
Remove beef from refrigerator 1 hour before roasting. Preheat oven to 450°. Set roast, fatty side up, in a roasting pan.
In a small bowl, mix salt with 2 tablespoon, cold water to moisten. Press mixture over the fatty side and the ends of meat.
Roast for 25 minutes, then lower oven temperature to 350°. Continue roasting until a thermometer inserted into the center of thickest part of meat reaches 125° for rare (or 130° for medium-rare; the ends will be more done), 1 1/2 to 2 hours longer. Let rest in a warm place 30 to 40 minutes.
Scrape as much salt off roast as you can. Cut string holding meat and bones together. Transfer roast to a cutting board, cut into 1/3- to 1/2-in.-thick slices, and arrange on a platter. Cut between bones and add them to platter.
Serve with fresh Horseradish Sauce.
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