Smoked prime rib is always the centerpiece of every holiday table. So, in this guide, I will be giving you the perfect smoked prime rib recipe.
This smoked prime rib is slow-smoked for incredible flavor, and then for a rich exterior crust, it is flash-roasted.
This simple recipe for smoked prime rib always results in the perfect treat. So, go get a bite of this amazingly full-flavored smoked prime rib, which is seasoned to perfection.
Smoked Prime Rib
Well, you might be wondering what smoked prime rib is. It is a large boneless or bone-in ribeye roast that is smoked at lower temperatures until it reaches its desired internal doneness.
When purchasing, there are diverse grades of quality ribeye that you can consider, like prime, aged, choice, wagyu, grass-fed, and so on.
The prices also range from around $15 to $100 per pound. I will say that it is quite unnecessary to purchase an overpriced piece of meat, given the fact that this will be completely coated in seasonings and herbs and slow-cooked.
So, whichever you go for, either prime, choice, or grass-fed, it will work perfectly well for this recipe.
A Perfect Smoked Prime Rib Roast
This prime rib roast is relished with butter and rub, and for a golden crust, it is smoked and charred at high heat.
- Cuisine: American
- Course: Main Course
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 hours
- Dry Brine: 1 day
- Total Time: 1 day, 5 hours, and 20 minutes
- Servings: 10 people
- 10.5 Ib. prime rib roast (untrimmed)
- 3 tablespoons of prime rib rub
- 3 tablespoons of Kosher salt
- 2 sticks of butter, unsalted and softened
- Horseradish sauce, optional for serving
- The first step is to get the prime rib and trim any excess fat or silver skin off it. If your prime rib is bone-in, cut the meat around each bone.
- This is done to leave them exposed for presentation. With that being done, you can now dry brine your prime rib overnight by spraying kosher salt over the meat.
- Then, place it in your fridge for 24 hours. Make sure it is uncovered. After that, preheat your smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Now, mix the unsalted butter and prime rib rub together, and then coat the whole prime rib with the butter mixture.
- With that being done, you can now place the prime rib on your smoker and cook until the internal temp gets to 123 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Then, you can remove your prime rib and fire up a grill, or you can go with a large cast iron pan.
- Make sure you char the prime rib on each side with high heat, as this will help create a crust. Then, allow the meat to cool for 30 minutes.
- When that is done, you can now cover it with foil. Ensure that it is covered loosely. So, proceed to cut and serve with horseradish sauce.
Storage and Reheating
How to Store Smoked Prime Rib
You can actually store your prime rib on a dish covered in plastic and keep it in the refrigerator. This should make it last for up to 4 days.
You can also store it in the freezer; being frozen will make it last for up to 45 days. However, you need to make sure that it is covered in plastic.
And you can defrost it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or just until it is thawed.
How to Reheat
Although I won’t recommend you reheating a chunk of beef. However, the truth is that you can’t always finish your prime rib all at once.
So, if you have leftovers, you can always store them and reheat them when you are ready to eat them.
To reheat, slice the roast into desired portions, then add it to a large sauté or roasting pan. Make sure it is made with around 1 cup of beef stock.
After that, you are to cover it in foil and then cook it in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes.
There will be an increase in the internal temperature of the meat due to the reheating, which is very likely to pass from medium to medium well.
What to Serve with Smoked Prime Rib
You can serve your smoked prime rib with mashed potatoes. You can never go wrong with prime rib and some perfectly rich mashed potatoes.
You can also pair this mouth-watering roast with asparagus. This is 100% a perfect combination.
Smoked Prime Rib FAQs
What Is Prime Rib?
Well, since you will be smoking this cut of beef, it will be wise to know what it is.
Prime rib is a cut of beef obtained from the beef rib primal cut and then prepared as a roast that is either boneless or bone-in.
This amazing cut of beef is delicious and succulent, with rich flavor and a lot of marbling.
Is Prime The Same As Ribeye?
Well, prime rib is gotten from the same primal rib section as ribeye. However, the whole roast is referred to as prime rib.
On the other hand, a section of the roast cut into steaks is referred to as a “ribeye.
What Temperature Is Best For Smoking Prime Rib?
To get an excellent smoke flavor, I consider 225 degrees Fahrenheit to 250 degrees Fahrenheit to be the best temperature.
However, you need to make sure it is not too low, except if you want to spend all day cooking.
Will Rubbing It With Mustard Give It A Strong Mustard Flavor?
The short and straightforward answer to this is no. Rubbing your prime rib with mustard will not give it a strong mustard flavor.
You won’t even taste the mustard, and it is also a low-calorie binder. Although I recommend yellow mustard or olive oil.
What’s The Best Wood for Smoking Prime Rib?
If we are to talk about my favorites, I consider applewood to be my favorite wood for smoking prime rib.
However, you should know that it is not as strong as hickory or mesquite and provides it with a nice, exquisite flavor.
Conclusion on Smoked Prime Rib Recipe
You need to keep in mind that you don’t actually need to dry brine your rib.
However, dry brining ensures that your prime rib is seasoned all over the meat, and that includes the thickest parts, so I highly recommend it.
And you can also make your own rub. Also, you can just use a simple salt and pepper mixture or go to the store and purchase any beef rub.
To wrap this up, for this simple recipe, I used Bear Mountain hickory pellets. So, this concludes this guide on the best smoked prime rib recipe.