Just cooking: barbecue rotisserie prime ribs of beef

These slow-cooked ribs will really get your taste buds tingling – whatever the season.

By Tom Knowles

I always enjoy a slow-cooked piece of meat. There’s something about the melt-in-the-mouth texture that stimulates the appetite. And it’s so easy to serve: cut up in a bun, with salad or veggies, or just to snack on all by itself, in the manner of a mediaeval banqueter.

Give this recipe the time and care it deserves and you’ll cement your reputation as a barbecue king or queen par excellence. You’ll easily feed a large party with a cut of prime ribs. So invite your mates around, crack open the beers, and get ready for slow-cooking heaven.

And remember, there are no rules about what time of year to barbecue. Whether you want to cook prime ribs in January’s swirling snowstorms or August’s searing heat, that’s your lookout. They taste delicious all year round.

The meat

First things first: let’s treat these majestic prime ribs with the respect they deserve. This isn’t your everyday roast. Take your time. Let the meat cook nice and slowly – then let it rest before serving. Your patience will be well rewarded.

To justify such reverence, you need to choose the right cut. I always go to a reputable local butcher like Alan Leeder in Boxford. Order at least four weeks ahead of cooking so the meat can hang. Don’t be shy about visiting the butcher in between, so you can admire the changing colours and textures of your gently maturing beef.


After being hung for so long, your meat will have developed blackened ends (“faces”). Remove these as they’ll prevent the flavour spreading evenly throughout the joint while cooking.

I like to butcher my own meat by removing the backstrap and chines and trimming the ribs to a suitable height. But don’t be afraid to ask your butcher to do this if you’re short of time or expertise. It’ll take a matter of minutes for them to achieve something that could take you hours to sort.

The crucial thing in preparing the meat is to leave a good amount of fat. This helps with self-basting, ensuring the cut stays nice and tender as it cooks.


Next up is the rub, which I keep simple so that the flavour of the beef speaks for itself. My recommendation is:

  • Half a cup of plain flour
  • Half a cup of mustard powder
  • Two tablespoons of coarse seasalt
  • Two tablespoons of coarse ground black pepper
  • One tablespoon of garlic powder

Just before cooking, give the ribs a generous rub with a good quality oil (use something like sunflower or rapeseed oil, which has a high smoke point) then a healthy coating with the mixed rub ingredients, making sure you work it into all the nooks and crannies.

BBQ time

Remove your meat from the fridge an hour before cooking, so it gets up to room temperature. In the meantime, you can focus on getting the fire lit.

For me, there is only one charcoal barbecue to even contemplate using: the Weber Kettle. I use charcoal rather than lumpwood for this recipe, sourced either locally or from Weber itself.

Light your charcoal either in a starter chimney (if you don’t have one, I highly recommend them) or in situ. Give it 30 minutes or so with the lid open (or in the chimney) to turn grey, then pop it into the char-baskets with the lid closed so that the temperature can even out to about 200˚C. 

With your meat rubbed and ready (allow 15 minutes to do this properly), you can get the spit in place. Aim to position it as centrally as possible in the joint so it turns evenly. Now you can locate it in the rotisserie motor and slot it in place on top of the barbecue.

Check the meat after 15 minutes to make sure everything’s in order. Spread four charcoal briquettes evenly in each char basket to keep the temperature up and leave it for an hour.

Once this time has passed, the temperature will begin to drop. Add a further three briquettes to each basket and do the same an hour later to ensure it doesn’t dip below 170˚C. As you enter the fourth and final hour, add four more briquettes to each basket.

You should keep a check on the temperature of the meat, working as quickly as possible to retain heat in the barbecue. To attain a finish that is well done at the edges and medium in the centre, you should aim for a core temperature of 58˚C to 65˚C.

And… rest!

Now comes the most important part of the whole process: leaving the meat to rest. I give mine a good 40 minutes in the pantry, leaving it uncovered so the flavours can really develop. As a rule of thumb, leave your meat until no steam escapes when you cut into it. That means the tenderness will be retained.


Cut the ribs into hearty slices and serve them on a platter, or individually. The meat should glisten with tenderness: smoky and charred on the outside but pink and moist in the centre. Try to carve on demand, so that you can store leftovers whole. That locks in the texture, ensuring it’ll be just as tasty tomorrow.

Waste not want not

Don’t throw away the bones from your rack of ribs. Cover them with water and boil up for 20 minutes on the hob, along with some carrots, celery, onions, bay leaves and a bouquet garni. Then put them in a low oven for four hours, giving you the perfect stock for winter soups and gravies.

As for the dripping, which should be caught in your barbecue’s drip tray, pop it in the fridge. It’s great for making roast potatoes, or a slice of the finest fried bread you’ve ever tasted.

© Copyright Just Recruitment 2018

If you like these tips on cooking see our tips on Recruiting and Business - Top Tips

You may also like - Just testing: Volvo XC90 2.0 D5 PowerPulse Inscription AWD Geartronic

Jobs currently available

Marketing Executive
Sector: Marketing, Advertising and PR
Salary: £19,000 - £22,000 per annum
Location: Colchester
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 908800
About the role

Are you target-driven and enjoy creating and implementing marketing strategists? 

Are you a people person who enjoys developing relationships? 

Just Recruitment is recruiting for a Marketing Executive on behalf of a company based in Colchester. 

Your duties will include: 

  • Effectively implement subscription marketing plans and renewals to meet the agreed targets. 
  • Develop and agree cost-effective promotional activities, with an agreed expected revenue return. 
  • Use information and systems to prepare pre-activity forecasts, track performance and undertake post-activity evaluation to supply to the Senior Marketing Executive and Marketing and Promotions Manager. 
  • Identify potential problems and propose solutions. 

You will be: 

  • Able to think laterally, to make use of all our marketing channels to leverage subscriptions through promotional content across print and digital, email marketing, social media, exhibitions and much more. 
  • Analytical, and keen to monitor and evaluate the success of marketing initiatives through weekly reporting to feed back to the Senior Marketing Executive. 
  • Detail-orientated and able to take responsibility for the day-to-day management of all campaigns, including setting up promotions, briefing studio, building web pages, setting up media requests for our subscriptions bureau, photography, briefing the warehouse, managing the e-commerce website ensuring all offers are loaded for relevant brands. 
Read more
Sales Administrator
Sector: Public Service and Administration
Salary: Negotiable
Location: Witham
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 908761
About the role

Just Recruitment is recruiting for a well-established manufacturing company based in Witham.

You will have the ambition to succeed and the ability to work on your own initiative with good customer service skills.

Duties include:

  • Following up quotes by phone and email
  • Checking quotes and emails and adjusting prices to win business
  • Prospect calling
  • Booking meetings for the Business Development Managers
  • Warm calls to existing calls
  • Technical queries, quotes and orders
  • Customer service and query answering
  • Incoming calls

Working ideally 9.00am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

20 days holiday per year (3 to be taken over Xmas) + bank holidays.

Read more
QC Technician
Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing
Salary: £15.00 per hour
Location: Sudbury, Suffolk
Role: Full Time
Contract: Temporary
Job ref: 908368
About the role

Calling all QC Technicians

Do you have a degree in chemistry?

Do you have effective communication skills?

Do you have experience and working knowledge in a Chemical and Biological Analytical Technique environment?

Do you have experience in dissolved gas analysis and blood gas analysis?

Just Recruitment is looking to recruit on behalf of a busy company based in the Sudbury (Suffolk) area for a QC Technician on a temporary ongoing basis.


  • QC testing, data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting.
  • Preparing for customer, regulatory and notified body audits.
  • Quality Related Training.
  • Quality testing related improvement projects and quality initiatives.
  • Understanding of GxP requirements.

Working hours:

Monday to Friday, 7:45am to 4:50pm.


  • Free tea and coffee.
  • On site parking.
  • Weekly pay.
Read more
Machine Operator
Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing
Salary: £8.40 per hour
Location: Haverhill
Role: Full Time
Contract: Temporary
Job ref: 908151
About the role

Just Recruitment is looking for an experienced Machine Operator on behalf of a company based in Haverhill.

Working hours are:

Monday to Friday, 8am until 5pm.

Read more
Operational Support Engineer
Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing
Salary: Dependant on experience
Location: Gillingham, Kent
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 908799
About the role

Just Recruitment is recruiting for an Operational Support Engineer (Automotive) on behalf of a company based in Gillingham, Kent.

Your main duties and responsibilities:

  • Deliver projects and process improvements from concept through to completion.
  • Provide practical problem solving on the process.
  • To support the operation in terms of providing the means and process to manufacture product to the correct quality, volume as well as cost.
  • To actively reduce costs of manufacture (MEIT) whilst maintaining product quality and volume.
  • Support the hourly needs of the operation by monitoring and responding to process output signals such as OA performance, Traffic light charts, FTQ data etc.
  • Monitor daily reject returns, gather data and implement robust fixes.
  • Work closely with operations to ensure production output targets are sustained.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that all equipment used in manufacturing or assembly processes is functioning and in specification.
  • Create operational standard work and line balance, understanding process constraints.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that all gauging equipment used in manufacturing or assembly processes is functioning, working within specification and calibrated.
  • To provide structured problem-solving activity and liaise with internal and/or external individuals on problem resolution.
  • Carry out FMEA process documentation and implement improvements.
  • Ensure that the work environment meets the requirements for environmental, ergonomic, health and safety considerations.

Essential requirements:

  • Hands on experience of CNC machining processes in a manufacturing environment – grinding, turning, milling etc.
  • Ability to work in a structured, organised manner and mindful of standard work – both as applied to the manufacturing process and in the engineers’ approach to workload.
  • Analytical and data literate.
  • Current IT knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, project etc.

Desirable requirements:

  • Ideally (Mechanical) Engineering Degree or ‘time served’ or relevant industry experience in a broad spectrum of activities.
  • Various shifts including day shifts are available.
Read more
Sector: Public Service and Administration
Salary: £18,000 - £20,000 per annum
Location: Colchester
Role: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Job ref: 908795
About the role

Just Recruitment Group is recruiting for an Administrator on behalf of a company based on the outskirts of Colchester. 

The role will be supporting the Production Manager and their team. This is heavily admin based and requires a driven candidate who can cope under pressure with the ability to prioritise workloads. The role will involve general admin duties alongside account handling and taking a large amount of calls per day. 

You will be: 

  • Organised 
  • Have an excellent telephone manner 
  • Experienced in using Microsoft office (especially Excel) 
  • Outgoing 
  • Keen to learn 
  • Open to any job required

Excellent salary, free parking and company benefits are on offer. 

Read more