The Best Prime Rib Recipes for the Grill or Smoker

Pre-cut Prime Rib Steak
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Prime rib (or more accurately standing rib roast) is nearly the most expensive cut of beef you can buy, so you want to master the secrets to making it right. Grilling prime rib or ​smoking prime rib is a great way to prepare this special occasion favorite. These prime rib recipes will help you make the most of your investment and put a lot more flavor into your roast. 

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    Prime Rib Roast on the Grill

    This is the classic prime rib recipe for the grill. The secret is to grill this roast indirectly at a low temperature to get it cooked through to the middle before increasing the heat to caramelize the surface to perfection. Once you have tried this recipe you won't be putting a rib roast in the oven ever again. 

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    Slow-Roasted Prime Rib of Beef

    The smoker can add so much flavor to a prime rib roast. To get the best flavor, give it just a kiss of smoke and make sure that the smoke can reach the meat. Before placing in the smoker, a dry rub of garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, and rosemary is used to coat the outside of the meat. Slow-roasted to perfection, this is certain to become a new favorite. 

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    Grilled Prime Rib

    The coating of Dijon mustard, seasonings, and herbs creates a beautiful crust on this impressive cut of meat. Cooked over indirect heat on the grill for two to three hours, the roast is juicy and tender. You can top off this dish with a nice blue cheese or horseradish sauce.

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    Rotisserie Prime Rib Roast

    This is a delicious and convenient way to prepare a prime rib roast using the rotisserie unit on your grill. This method continually bastes the prime rib roast in its own juices for hours, resulting in a juicy, tender, and perfect prime rib—and the drippings will make the perfect gravy.

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    Whiskey Smoked Prime Rib

    This prime rib is delicious and tender. It's a little time-consuming, considering it needs to smoke for eight hours but is well worth the wait. The whiskey is added to the wood chips to create a bourbon-flavored smoke that will infuse the meat to create a wonderful taste.

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    Smoked Standing Rib Roast

    Few things are better than a good prime rib. This standing rib roast is simply rubbed with oil, garlic, salt, and pepper and smoked for several hours. This results in roast with the great flavor of the prime rib mixed with a mellow smokiness.

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    Prime Rib With Caribbean Spice

    Similar to Jamaican jerk, this seasoned prime rib brings a lot of flavors and a little kick to the dinner table. A rub including jalapeno, soy sauce, and plenty of spices is slathered on the beef before grilling for a few hours.