smoked prime rib
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Garlic Butter Smoked Prime Rib

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs 15 mins
Resting Time20 mins
Total Time6 hrs 25 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Prime Rib
Servings: 10
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)

Ingredients

  • 1 8-10 pound bone-in prime rib roast
  • coarse salt and pepper

Garlic Herb Butter

  • 16 oz softened butter
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 sprigs rosemary finely minced
  • 2 sprigs thyme finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F for indirect cooking using a hardwood like oak or hickory for smoking.
  • While the grill is warming up, prepare your roast. Trim any excess fat from the top of the roast down to 1/4 inch thick. Season on all sides with an even sprinkling of salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl combine the softened butter, garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper. Slather the entire roast with the butter mixture.
  • Place the roast on a flat rack elevated above a baking sheet, place on the smoker and close the lid. Smoke until the internal temperature of the roast reaches 120 degrees F for Rare or 128 degrees F for Medium. For a rare, bone-in roast, plan on 35 minutes per pound of prime rib.
  • Remove the roast to a cutting board and allow to rest for 20 minutes. Strain the butter and drippings from the baking sheet into a separate bowl and set aside.
  • While the roast is resting, increase the temperature of your grill to 400 degrees F.
  • Once the grill is up to temperature, return the roast to the grill and sear until you reach your desired internal temperature. Pull the roast off at 130 degrees F for rare, 135 for medium rare, 140 for medium. This process should go quickly, so keep an eye on your temperature.
  • Remove your roast to the cutting board and let the meat rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving.