Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4-5 hours
Total Servings: 8-10 servings

There's nothing quite like the rich, succulent flavor of a perfectly smoked prime rib.

This classic dish, with its tender meat and smoky, robust flavor profile, is a showstopper at any dining table.

But don't be intimidated — smoking a prime rib is not as complex as it may seem.

With the right preparation and a little patience, you can create a culinary masterpiece right in your backyard.

Prime rib plated up with a green onion and herb garnish!
Delicious And Juicy: The Best Smoked Prime Rib Recipe You'll Try

In this recipe, we'll guide you through the process of smoking a prime rib to perfection.

We'll start with the selection of a high-quality roast, move on to preparing a flavorful rub that will enhance the natural goodness of the meat, and then delve into the art of smoking.

Whether you're a seasoned pit master or a beginner just dipping your toes into the world of smoking meats, this guide will set you up for success.

So, fire up your smoker, gather your ingredients, and get ready to impress your family and friends with an unforgettable smoked prime rib!

Prime Rib Ingredients:

  1. One 10-pound prime rib roast
  2. ¼ cup olive oil
  3. ¼ cup sea salt
  4. ¼ cup black pepper
  5. ¼ cup garlic powder
  6. ¼ cup rosemary, finely chopped
  7. Your favorite wood chips for smoking (like hickory or oak)
Lots of herbs and spices on spoons waiting to be used in a meal!
Prime Rib Ingredients:


Prep the Prime Rib:

Remove your prime rib from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about an hour.

When you take your prime rib out an hour or two before cooking it it allows the meat to cook more evenly preventing it from having a warm outside and a cold inside.

Prime ribs being prepped in a pan!
Prep the Prime Rib:

This process is commonly known as tempering the meat and is a very important step in achieving that perfect browned exterior and juicy-tender interior.

Prepare the Rub:

Next, you'll want to grab a bowl to prepare your prime rib rub.

Combine  ¼ cup olive oil, ¼ cup sea salt, ¼ cup black pepper, ¼ cup garlic powder and ¼ cup freshly chopped rosemary.

The olive oil serves as a binder, helping the dry ingredients adhere to the meat, while also adding a subtle flavor while the sea salt and black pepper create a classic base, enhancing the beef's natural flavors.

Good spices for a prime rib rub!
Prepare the Rub:

Garlic powder adds a touch of warmth and depth.

Lastly, the rosemary, with its distinctive pine-like fragrance, infuses the meat with an earthy aroma.

Mix these until well-blended; your aromatic rub is now ready to transform your prime rib into a smoky delicacy.

Apply the Rub:

Coat the prime rib evenly with the rub, ensuring all sides are covered.

Applying the rub evenly to your prime rib is essential for flavor.

Start by spreading the rub on top, then work your way around the sides and bottom.

Use your hands to press the rub into the meat, ensuring it sticks properly.

Prime rib all seasoned and ready to go!
Apply the Rub:

Don't forget the ends of the roast; they need love too!

This process ensures every bite is seasoned, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that will permeate the meat during smoking.

Note: If the meat is overly wet dab it gently with a paper towel so your rub will stick to the meat better.

Preheat the Smoker:

Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F (107 degrees C) and add your wood chips.

Preheating your smoker to 225 degrees F sets the stage for slow, even cooking - ideal for a juicy smoked prime rib.

This precise temperature helps break down the meat's connective tissues without drying it out.

Smoker being pre heated! Getting ready for the prime rib.
Preheat the Smoker:

Meanwhile, adding wood chips infuses the meat with a smoky flavor that enhances the overall taste.

Different wood types impart unique flavors, so choose according to your preference.

Make sure the smoker reaches the desired temperature before placing your prime rib inside for optimal results.

Smoke the Prime Rib:

Place the prime rib on the smoker, bone side down.

Close the lid and let it smoke.

Position your prime rib roast on the smoker, bone side down.

Ribs on the smoker ready to go!
Smoke the Prime Rib:

This arrangement ensures even heat distribution and protects the tender meat from intense direct heat.

Close the lid to keep the flavorful smoke trapped inside, infusing the roast with a rich, smoky profile.

Maintaining a consistent temperature of around 225°F is key for optimal smoke penetration.

Check Temperature Regularly:

After around 4 hours of grilling, it's crucial to monitor your prime rib's internal temperature.

Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the roast, avoiding any rib bones, as they can give inaccurate readings.

Aim for an internal temperature of 130 degrees F (54 degrees C) for a medium-rare finish.

Check the temperature of your ribs frequently!
Check Temperature Regularly:

This ensures the entire roast is perfectly cooked, balancing tenderness with a succulent, juicy interior.

Keep in mind cooking times can vary depending on how much prime rib you are smoking.

Rest the Meat:

Upon reaching your desired internal temperature, gently remove the smoked prime rib from the grill.

Resist the temptation to eat it right away and allow it to rest for a minimum of 20 minutes.

Ribs resting after being smoked to perfection!
Rest the Meat:

This crucial step lets the flavorful juices, excited from the heat, settle back into the fibers of the meat, enhancing its tenderness.

Slice and Serve:

Once your smoked prime rib is thoroughly rested you can now reap the fruits of your labor!

Start by grabbing a knife (Preferably a sharp carving knife) and making smooth even cuts at your desired thickness.

You may want to cut it differently depending on if it's a bone-in prime rib or a boneless prime rib.

Chef slicing a thick chunk of prime rib!
Slice and Serve:

The sight of these perfectly grilled, juicy slices will surely whet appetites.

Serve immediately, while still hot, to savor the full symphony of smoky, meaty flavors that define a well-cooked prime rib.

Delicious Side Dishes

In case you are cooking for several people and want to have a variety of food on hand here are some of the most popular dishes that we like to include with our prime ribs.

1. Potatoes: Whether they're scalloped, mashed, or roasted, potatoes are a classic accompaniment to prime rib. Their earthy flavor balances the rich meat.

2. Roasted Vegetables: Veggies like Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and acorn squash can be roasted to bring out their natural sweetness, complementing the savory prime rib.

Side dishes for prime ribs! All prepped and ready to be cooked.
Delicious Side Dishes

3. Salads: Light salads, such as a beet salad with pecans and blue cheese or a classic Caesar salad, provide a refreshing contrast to the heavy main course.

4. Holiday Casseroles: A creamy, cheesy casserole is always a hit. Consider a green bean casserole or a corn casserole for a festive touch.

5. Bread Rolls: Soft, warm bread rolls are perfect for mopping up the juicy prime rib drippings.

How to Store Your Prime Rib

After eating your smoky, tender smoked prime rib, it's time to store the leftovers.

First, allow any remaining pieces to cool completely.

Then, wrap the prime rib tightly in aluminum foil or place it in an airtight container.

This helps retain the smoky flavor and prevents it from drying out.

Left over prime rib plate with condiments!
How to Store Your Prime Rib

Store it in the refrigerator if you plan to consume it within 3-4 days. For longer storage, consider freezing the prime rib.

Before freezing, add another layer of protection with a freezer bag to avoid freezer burn.

When you're ready to enjoy it again, thaw it slowly in the refrigerator and reheat gently on the grill, using indirect heat to maintain its succulent texture and smoky flavor.

Remember, proper storage is key to extending the delicious life of your smoked prime rib roast.

Nutritional Facts

(Per Serving)

Calories: 1650

Fat:100-200G depending on  the cut of meat


Protein 75G

Disclaimer: The data listed above is an estimate and not a guarantee.

Nutritious prime ribs!
Nutritional Facts

The Best Smoked Prime Rib Recipe

Thanks for reading our favorite smoked prime rib recipe  - we hope you enjoy it!

If you follow these steps, you can have a delicious smoked prime rib dinner every time.

Cut and ready to eat prime rib!
The Best Smoked Prime Rib Recipe

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