If you’ve never made Prime Rib on your Traeger, Pellet smoker or grill, well now is the time to do it and this recipe from Taylor Carroll from @firepittsandovenmitts will set you up for success! If you are looking for directions on how to cook Prime Rib on your Big Green Egg, Check out this recipe.

Prime rib is the pride of many holiday tables, but I’m sure we have all been there—sitting on the edge of our seats watching the host (let’s call him Bob) carve his prized roast, and lo and behold, it’s UNDERDONE (or so overdone you might as well call the dogs).

Either way, it’s a travesty.

The good news is that you can always put something underdone back on the grill, but when it’s overdone, all you can do is slice it thin and drown it in sauce and tears. Don’t be like Bob this holiday season and follow my holiday guide to cooking prime rib—you are going to nail it!

Prime Rib Traeger

Prime rib on the grill, slathered in a delicious rub using Robyn’s Sunshine State of Mind BBQ rub.

What is prime rib?

Did you know that the name is not indicating it is all prime grade, but referring to the fact that it comes from one of the nine primal cuts, the primal rib?

If you were to ask your butcher for a whole prime rib, it would be seven bones and weigh between 15 to 20 pounds. When choosing your delicious showstopper, always choose the highest grade you can afford—you can taste the difference! If it’s not prime, don’t worry, the reverse sear method when cooking prime rib will give you delicious results no matter what!

At GrillGirl.com, we recommend Snake River Farms American Wagyu Beef for Special Occassion dinners like a Holiday Prime Rib Roast! 

Prime Rib Traeger

This recipe will set you up for success to make a Prime Rib on Your Traeger, Green Mountain Grill or any kind of smoker or grill.

Prime rib dipping sauce

After you’re done cooking the prime rib, don’t forget to make the dipping sauce! For my recipe, I use a delicious mix of sour cream, horseradish, lemon, salt and better, and dill (that’s totally optional though).

How to Cook Prime Rib on the Smoker:

  1. Be sure your smoker is clean; this means taking out the drip tray to remove the fire pot cover and clean out any ash remaining in the pot. This is important to ensure you don’t have any overflow that could result in a flare up.
  2. Fill the hopper all the way with pellets and ignite the smoker to heat to 235F. At this temperature, it will take about 30-35 minutes per pound to reach medium rare and be ready to sear.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the horseradish, mayo, flaky salt, kosher salt, Sunshine State of Mind rub, ground sage and peppercorns.
  4. Pat the prime rib dry with a cloth or paper towels, then cover it in the horseradish mix.
  5. Place the prime rib on the grill, putting the temperature probe in the thickest part of the meat, and set the temperature alarm to 115F for medium rare results or 120F for medium.
  6. Once the roast has come to temperature, remove it from the grill and allow it to rest.
  7. While the meat takes a nap, refill the pellet hopper and crank the heat up to 475 F.
  8. Once the meat temperature has dropped at least 10 degrees, return to meat to the hot grill and cook 5 to 7 minutes per side, depending on preferred done temperature.
  9. For the dipping sauce, whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl, if you would like to thin it out, just add 1 tbsp. of whole milk at a time until it reaches desired consistency.

NOTE, if you are looking for directions on how to cook Prime Rib on your Big Green Egg then check out this recipe.

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Prime Rib on a Smoker


  • Author: Taylor Shulman Carroll
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 servings 1x

Description

http://shrsl.com/3b7klThis recipe by Taylor Carroll will set you up for success to make Prime on a Traeger, Pellet Smoker or any kind of grill.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1, 3-bone Prime Rib roast

Rub

  • ¼ cup horseradish
  • 2 tbsp. mayonaisse
  • 1 tbsp. flakey salt
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. Sunshine State of Mind rub
  • ½ tbsp. ground sage
  • ½ tbsp. mixed ground peppercorns

Dipping sauce

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup horseradish
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1½ tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp. chives, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. coarse ground pepper
  • Optional: 1 tbsp. dill, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Be sure your smoker is clean; this means taking out the drip tray to remove the fire pot cover and clean out any ash remaining in the pot. This is important to ensure you don’t have any overflow that could result in a flare up.
  2. Fill the hopper all the way with pellets and ignite the smoker to heat to 235F. At this temperature, it will take about 30-35 minutes per pound to reach medium rare and be ready to sear.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the horseradish, mayo, flaky salt, kosher salt, Sunshine State of Mind rub, ground sage and peppercorns.
  4. Pat the prime rib dry with a cloth or paper towels, then cover it in the horseradish mix.
  5. Place the prime rib on the grill, putting the temperature probe in the thickest part of the meat, and set the temperature alarm to 115F for medium rare results or 120F for medium.
  6. Once the roast has come to temperature, remove it from the grill and allow it to rest.
  7. While the meat takes a nap, refill the pellet hopper and crank the heat up to 475 F.
  8. Once the meat temperature has dropped at least 10 degrees, return to meat to the hot grill and cook 5 to 7 minutes per side, depending on preferred done temperature.
  9. For the dipping sauce, whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl, if you would like to thin it out, just add 1 tbsp. of whole milk at a time until it reaches desired consistency.

Notes

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: approximately 3.5-4 hours
  • Category: Prime Rib, Smoked Prime Rib
  • Method: Smoke/Grill
  • Cuisine: American, Holiday Dinner

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