Smoked Prime Rib (recipe and video)

How to cook a prime rib on a smoker. Including recipe and video tutorial on smoking the perfect prime rib on any kind of smoker, including pellet smokers. Comes with wine pairing recommendations. 

Course Entree
Cuisine barbecue, bbq, beef, holiday, smoked prime rib
Keyword how to smoke prime rib, prime rib roast recipe, smoked prime rib
Servings 6 -8 servings
Author Mary Cressler, Vindulge


For the Prime Rib:

  • 5 lbs Prime Rib or rib roast
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons coarse ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

For the Herb Paste:

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


For the Herb Paste

  1. Place everything into a food processor and pulse a few times until combined into a chunky paste.

For the Smoked Prime Rib:

  1. Preheat Smoker to 225 degrees.
  2. Trim excess fat off of meat, rinse with cold water and pat dry.
  3. Apply olive oil, and salt and pepper generously to the rib roast. Then apply the paste.
  4. Place the rib roast on the smoker bone side down (acts as heat shield).
  5. Check temperature in the center of the meat to desired doneness. I like 125 degrees. (This should take roughly 3-4 hours for a 5 lb prime rib). Always use a good thermometer to check the meat for doneness.
  6. Remove from smoker and let sit for 20 - 30 minutes.
  7. Slice and serve.

Recipe Notes

See post for detailed instructions.

A 5-pound prime rib should safely serve 6-8 people.