The Best Way to Smoke a Prime Rib

A smoked prime rib is a big man’s meal; it’s got big flavors, big portion, and a somewhat technical cooking style. But if you can get this steak right, well let’s just say you will be having your day in heaven.

If you are a steak fan and have to go out to steakhouses to get your weekly steak fix but would love to get that delicious seared piece of meat in the comfort of your own home then worry not.

Smoking a prime rib may be a little technical, but you can surely get it done to appease your taste buds.

The Best Quality Ingredients

If you plan on making a good dish then the first step towards that is to get the best quality products or ingredients that you can get your hands on. Your ingredients are basically going to be defining your final dish, so be very careful when picking out your ingredients.

Now the main ingredient is obviously the prime rib, so choosing your meat is key. An expert on barbecuing suggests getting you a 5lb. prime rib to smoke. If you choose a steak that has marbled fat and the bone intact, it will give you a juicier and tastier steak because of the high-fat content.

There are two ways that you can get to work with marinating and seasoning the steak, some people suggest injecting the steak like literally, and then some just do the regular rub everything on your steak and let that flavor absorb.

If you are a beginner you should definitely stay clear of injecting and stuff because it will just complicate stuff for no reason. Now when it comes to rubbing on the marinade, you have to make sure your seasoning is well balanced.

A basic seasoning recipe includes olive oil, coarse ground black pepper, kosher salt, and any steak seasoning that you love. Use the olive oil to create a sticky layer around the meat so that the seasoning sticks easily and gets absorbed.

Smoked and BBQ'd Prime Rib

The kinds of smoking and roasting and all you need to know!!!

There are two ways to smoke your steak smoke roasting or true smoking. Now smoke roasting is a comparatively newer method and it is much simpler in comparison to true smoking.

All you do in smoke roasting is adding a good amount of soaked and drained wood chips to your heat source or the coals. You could also wrap them up in a foil if you are using a gas source, to avoid the mess.

True smoking is a lengthier and more intricate process, but then as most difficult things, it produces the best results. All you really need is patience, just set your smoker to 250 degrees and then sit back for anywhere around 4 to 6 hours till you get your perfect piece of meat.

This method allows your prime rib to stay medium rare in the middle while the outside is just cooked enough, so you can get a juicy piece of steak.

Different woodchips can also affect the flavor and boldness of the smokiness in your meat, so for something a little more subtle try Cherry Wood chips but if you want something that’s strong and holds a punch Hickory and Oak wood are your best friends.

Even though you might want to be bold with the flavors, always remember that good taste comes from moderation. So you have to make sure that you are being subtle with all those different flavors, and that you don’t end up overpowering the sweetness of the meet.


Keeping check of the temperature while cooking your prime rib can be somewhat of an ordeal. You have to be super careful otherwise you will end up with a leathery and chewy and dry piece of meat which won’t be appealing you taste buds at all.

Think about all those hours of cooking going to waste, now in order to avoid that you could make use of a probe thermometer. During the time that your teak is cooking, you should keep a close eye on it after a while, to make sure you don’t overcook your meat.

Smoked Prime Rib

Timing Is The Key

Cooking time is important because this will determine whether you want a medium rare, rare or a well-done steak. Now if you are an amateur and you have not really had any experience with this before, there is a good chance you might mess up the first time around.

In order to avoid a mess, see what the experts consider a good cooking time. According to the experts, a prime rib cooks for about 20 minutes per pound, and the temperature you are looking for is 135 degrees when you use your probe thermometer.

The temperature usually tends to go up after you take it off heat, so keep that in mind. Also be sure to rest your meat before you serve up so that all the juices have time to drain and the meat also cooks after it’s taken off the heat source.

A Great Sauce Can Go A Long Way

Even if the best smoked prime rib recipe churns up a good juicy meat steak, it can always get ten times better with a good sauce to go with it. This simple and easy recipe from Dairy Goodness is a great choice which makes use of minimal and simple ingredients to create a very flavorful sauce.

Red wine sauce

  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) beef broth
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 35 % cream
  • 2 tbsp (10 mL) chopped fresh rosemary or 2 tsp (10 mL) dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Drain all but about 1 tbsp (15 ml) of fat from roasting pan. Place roasting pan on the stove over medium heat. Add garlic and cool 1 min. Add wine, stock, Worcestershire, and vinegar; boil until reduced by half. Add cream; continue to boil until it reaches a sauce-like consistency. Add rosemary, salt, and pepper to taste.


After getting all the information about smoking a prime rib and with the best prime rib recipe, you can definitely churn up a good big manly meal for yourself at home just before the football game starts.

Imagine a chilled glass of Indian Pale Ale and a perfectly cooked prime rib steak that you yourself made, just the accomplishment of it would be satisfying enough I assure you!

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