Perfectly Smoked Prime Rib (Bone-In) FB

Smoked prime rib: the king of holiday roasts (or any other time of the year really), perfect for family gatherings or large groups of friends. In this guide we will go through the process of creating this spectacular smoked prime rib, from choosing the right meat – to smoking it.

Required tools:

  • sharp knife
  • butchers twine
  • spray bottle

Perfectly Smoked Prime Rib (Bone-In)

Choosing the meat:
The best time to get prime rib is around holidays, when it is on sale. Generally it does not matter how big the prime rib is, the smoking time will be about the same. Look for good marbling on your rib: the more marbling in the meat, the better the flavor is going to be.

Preparations and The Rub
Before we start cooking, let’s use a knife to partially separate the bone (as shown in the video), leaving a space between bone and meat. The bone not only acts as an insulator, but the space between bone and meat is great for soaking in the flavors of the rub.

For this guide we are doing a basic olive oil with salty and smoky spices rub. You can do just about anything with it though, from straight pepper garlic and salt to a bacon weave around the rib. The possibilities are endless, depending on the flavor you are going for.

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Start by rubbing down the area between bone and meat. Then tie some butchers twine around the rib to hold the bones back onto the meat. Now go ahead and rub down all sides of the roast. After this is done we will let the meat rest in the fridge overnight.

Smoking prime rib
Get your smoker up to a very high temperature (300-325F). When you put the rib in the smoker, shut off all the vents and let it cook like this for around 15 minutes. With closed vents the temperature should drop to around 225F after 20 minutes, at which point we want our meat to cook for 4 to 6 hours.

At around every hour of smoking we are also going to spray the rib with a mix of apple juice and maraschino cherry juice, using our spray bottle. This gives the meat extra flavor, but also keeps it nice and moist.

You do not have to put the thermometer probe in there until after 2 hours of smoking. The target internal temperature is 130F for a medium-rare prime rib. When it is done, we will pull it off the smoker, wrap it in foil and let it sit for about 40 more minutes.

Do not forget to cut the butchers twine before serving.

Have fun on your smoker!

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Useful tools for smoking Prime Rib:

Heat Resistant BBQ Gloves


Portable BBQ Meat Probe – Digital Thermometer


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