smoked prime rib

Smoked Prime Rib


10 Hr





Prime rib is always impressive, but that doesn't mean it has to be hard to make. This is an easy recipe for achieving a perfectly pink prime rib that will impress your guests!

What temperature do you cook prime rib at

We recommend cooking prime rib between 220°F and 235°F. This is be cause we use pellet smokers to infuse a natural layer of flavor into the meat. With a lower temperature we can achieve better flavor and keep tender roast.

How to cook prime rib

Cooking a prime rib is intimidating because it is an expensive cut of meat. However, it can be quite simple if you follow our recipe. We recommend using a smoker which allows you to have a better flavor than most oven baked roasts. Pellet grills are great for this because you can trust the temperature setting and still get a great added wood flavor.

What is prime rib

Prime rib is the same meat as a ribeye steak but before it was cut into steaks. Leaving the steak together gives you the roast that can be cut thinner to stretch the amount of meat needed for large crowds. Prime rib come from a beef cow on the back towards the spine which allows it to be a tender muscle.

How much primer rib per person

Plan on a pound or just under a pound of meat per person. This will definitely be the star of the show so you don't want run out before every one gets a chance to try it. You will lose a little weight through fat render and the drippings so planning an about a pound per person will be just right.

How long do you cook prime rib

The time varies on the fat content, size, temperature and style you are cooking with. Over all you can expect about 30 minutes per pound if you are smoking it at 225°F. Don't cook to time. Cook to temperature and doneness

When is prime rib done

Prime rib is typically cooked until lit is medium rare or 135°F internal temperature. This will be completely up to your liking but for most people medium rare for prime rib is just right. Keep in mind if you are going to reverse sear you will want to pull it when the internal temperature is 15 or 20°F lower than your desired finished temperature. Even when you pull it to rest the internal temperature can continue to rise for a little while and continue to cook so make sure to watch closely when it is about done.

How long do you rest a prime rib

At a minimum you should rest a prime rib for 30 minutes. Resting is as important as getting it to the right temperature. Resting allows the muscle fibers to relax and become more tender. If you can keep the internal temperature close to your desired ending temperature for about an hour before it is time to eat.


Prime Rib Roast

Kosher salt to taste

Black pepper to taste


Brining prime rib


Pat the prime rib dry.


Wrap it with twine if your butcher hasn't already done so.

tying prime rib roast

Step 3

Dry brine the meat by covering prime rib liberally with kosher salt.

seasoning prime rib roast

Step 4

Brine for 8-12 hours in the refrigerator.

brining prime rib roast

Cooking prime rib

Step 1

Preheat your pellet grill to 220°F.

Step 2

Remove from refrigerator and apply a generous amount of pepper evenly over entire prime rib.

Step 3

Place the prime rib on the grill, unwrapped, and insert meat probe. Let it cook until internal temperature reaches 110° F.

checking temperature of prime rib

Step 4

At that point, turn the smoker to 400° and finish cooking until the internal temperature reaches 125° F.

Step 5

Remove the meat from the grill and wrap in foil. Make sure the bottom strip of foil folds around the meat, forming a sort of container to trap the juices.

wrapping prime rib

Step 6

Let the prime rib rest for 15-20 minutes so the temperature will rise another 10-15°F and the juices will settle.

Step 7

After the rest period, unwrap the top foil. Pour the juices from the bottom foil into a bowl or cup. Slice and sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt and serve with some of the reserve juices.

juice from prime rib


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