Delicious Grilled Prime Rib Roast

Prime Rib Roast

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  • Total: 3 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 3 hrs
  • Yield: 1 roast (12-14 servings)

This is a classic prime rib cooked on the grill. The secret is to keep the temperature low enough during cooking and to remove it immediately from the grill once done. Be sure to grill indirectly and use a drip pan to catch those delicious drippings.


  • 1 whole prime rib roast (7-bone, about 18 pounds; tied)
  • 6 to 8 cloves garlic (cut into slivers)
  • 2 to 3 sprigs fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Grilled prime rib roast recipe
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  2. Prepare grill for indirect grilling by placing a large dripping pan underneath the grate, directly below where the roast will be placed. Make sure you know the weight of your prime rib to help you figure the cooking time and ingredient amounts. Plan on grilling over indirect heat for 12 to 14 minutes per pound. If you are using a smaller roast, adjust the ingredients and cooking times accordingly.

    Prep the grill
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  3. Aim for a grill temperature of about 375 F.

    Prep the grill
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  4. Periodically add water to the pan to keep the drippings from burning away, especially if you want to make gravy.

    Pour water into pan under grill
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  5. With a sharp paring knife, make a series of 1/2-inch deep holes spaced every 2 inches all over the roast.

    Poke holes in prime rib roast
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  6. Insert the garlic slivers in every other hole and a leaf from the rosemary in the rest.

    Garlic and rosemary seasoned prime rib
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  7. Combine black pepper, dried rosemary, salt, and paprika, and rub the mixture over the surface of the meat.

    Prime rib roast with seasoning
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  8. When the grill is ready, place the roast on the well-oiled grate directly over the dripping pan.

    Prime rib roast on the grill
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  9. Cook for about 12 to 14 minutes per pound. An 18-pound roast will take about 3 1/2 to 4 hours. It is very important to use an accurate meat thermometer to check for doneness. You do not want to overcook this roast.

    Prime rib roast cooking on the grill
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  10. When the meat reaches an internal temperature of 115 F to 125 F, remove it from the grill.

    Check temperature of prime rib roast
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  11. Place the roast on a platter and cover loosely with foil. The meat will continue cooking, and the internal temperature will continue to rise. Tent loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for at least 15 minutes but no more than 30 minutes.

    Prime rib roast resting in foil
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  12. Once the roast has rested, slice it.

    Prime rib roast ready to slice
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  13. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy.


  • If you want the roast rare to medium-rare, remove from the grill when the temperature is 115 F and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • If you want a more well-done roast, remove from the grill at 125 F and let it rest for 30 minutes.