Pellet Smoked Prime Rib

Pellet Smoked Prime Rib

In this recipe, we’re diving into the world of sumptuous flavors and savory indulgence with our Pellet Smoked Standing Rib Roast. This 7-pound marvel, featuring three glorious rib bones, is about to take center stage in a masterful symphony of smoke, fire, and seasoning.

As we fire up the smoker, this rib roast will undergo a transformation that’s nothing short of spectacular. Over the course of four tantalizing hours, it will absorb the smoky essence from the gentle, controlled heat of the pellet smoker, infusing it with a depth of flavor that’s simply unmatched.

But the magic doesn’t end there. A bold and aromatic rub, crafted from a blend of salt, pepper, dry rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder, and paprika, will enrobe this beautiful cut of meat. This ensemble of seasonings will work in perfect harmony, setting the stage for a taste experience that’s rich, fragrant, and utterly delicious.

After its slow dance with the smoker, we’ll crank up the experience even further. The reverse sear over the fiery heat of the BBQ grill will put the final touches on this culinary masterpiece. The intense heat will create a beautiful crust, encapsulating all the juicy tenderness within, and imparting a delightful char that’s the epitome of flavor.

The Pellet Smoked Standing Rib Roast isn’t just a dish; it’s an experience. Whether you’re planning a festive gathering, a holiday feast, or simply seeking to create a culinary delight that will leave a lasting impression, this roast is your ticket to an unforgettable dining experience.


  • 6 – 7 pound standing rib roast
  • 3 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp sage powder
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce

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First, use a chef’s knife and remove the rib bones by cutting along the bones to separate them from the roast. Keep the bone plate in one piece so they can be tied back in place after applying rub on all sides of the roast and rib plate.

Next, carefully and lightly shave off any hard fat from the fat cap and remove any surface silver skin. This is an optional step as most roasts will be cleaned up by the butcher. But if you do trim, leave at least 1/4 inch of fat cap on the top of the roast. Next, carefully slice a cross hatch pattern in the fat cap by only slicing the fat and not the meat.

Next generously apply kosher salt on all sides of the roast. Place the roast on a cooling rack on a cookie sheet to allow for airflow underneath the roast. Place this in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours and up to 4 days. This will dry brine the roast adding flavor to the meat while also tenderizing it.

After 24 hours of dry brine, remove the rib roast from the refrigerator and keep it on the cooling rack. Prepare the dry rub by combining all the spices and seasonings listed. Apply a thin layer of Worcestershire sauce on all sides of the roast and the detached rib plate. Generously apply the dry rub on all sides of the roast and rib plate.

Place the roast back on top of the rib bone plate. Using butcher twine, tie the rib plate back in place with a loop between each rib bone. The rib plate will act as a heat shield while the roast is on the smoker. This will help roast cook more evenly and they can be quickly detached for the reverse sear step.

Preheat your smoker to 220 F using lighter blended pellets such as competition blend. When the smoker reaches temp, place the rib roast bone side down in the center of the smoker, on the bottom rack. Insert a temperature probe directly into the center of the roast. Set the temperature alarm to 125 F. Smoke for roughly 4 hours until the temp alarm triggers or the roast center reaches 125 F.

Remove the roast from the smoker and loosely cover it with aluminim foil. Allow it to rest for 30 minutes so that the juices settle in the roast and it’s temperature lowers. While the roast is resting, preheat your grill with the burners on high or for charcoal, light one starter chimney of charcoal or lump.

Cut the twine and remove the rib plate from the roast. Sear it for 3 – 5 minutes per side on all sides. Do not close the grill lid and do not walk away. Judge the sear doneness by color and if you need to sear one or more sides longer do so to your desired doneness. Place the rib plate on the grill and cook it 3 – 5 minutes per side. After searing, let the roast rest 5 – 10 minutes then slice and serve. Slice between the rib bones to separate them and enjoy them along with delicious slices of prime rib.

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