How to BBQ Right Prime Rib Edition

how to bbq right prime rib

Wanting to try a smoked prime rib recipe but don't know where to start? Well, you're in luck! If you're a fan of tender and juicy meat, then a prime rib roast is definitely worth trying. This cut of beef, also known as ribeye roast, is perfect for special occasions, backyard BBQs, or any time you're craving a delicious and impressive meal. And when it comes to preparing it, smoking it with hickory wood is a fantastic way to infuse it with a smoky and rich flavor that will have your taste buds singing. Plus, if you follow our tips for achieving the perfect medium rare temperature, you'll be rewarded with a melt-in-your-mouth dining experience.

Let's get started on how to BBQ right with a prime rib edition!

Getting Started With Prime Rib BBQ

Before you go and put that premium prime rib on the grill, you will want to ensure that you have all of your ingredients and tools ready.

Here's what you need to do:

Gathering the Right Supplies

Preparing Prime Rib for BBQ

  • Choose the right cut: As mentioned before, choosing the right cut of meat is crucial for a good BBQ. Go for a cut with plenty of marbling, such as a ribeye or sirloin.

  • Season the meat: A good rub or marinade can make all the difference in the flavor of your prime rib. Mix together your desired spices and rub them all over the meat, making sure to coat it evenly. You can also marinate it overnight in the fridge to really infuse the flavors.

  • Let the meat come to room temperature: Before putting the prime rib on the BBQ, let it sit at room temperature for about an hour. This will help it cook more evenly.

Setting Up the Grill

  • Light the charcoal: You should use a chimney starter to light your coals, which is an easy-to-use device that will get them going in no time. If you don't have one, you can also use newspaper or kindling (wood chips) to start your fire.

  • Arrange the coals: Once they're lit, arrange them on one side of your grill so they're not directly under where your meat will be cooking--this will keep it from getting too hot and drying out too quickly!

  • Preheat the grill: Once all this is done and dusted with ash from burning off any extra residue from lighting up those coals (if needed), turn on both sides of your gas grill or place an electric element on high heat so everything gets nice and hot before adding anything else onto it!

Making the Homemade BBQ Sauce

bbq sauce

When it comes to BBQ sauce, there are two schools of thought: ketchup/mustard and brown sugar. Both have pros and cons, but we'll let you decide which works best for you.

Ketchup/Mustard - This classic combo is easy to make and requires no special ingredients beyond what you probably already have in your pantry. The key here is getting the proportions right so there's enough acidity from either ketchup or mustard without overpowering the rest of the flavors with sweetness (or overwhelming them with vinegar). If this sounds like something up your alley, try our recipe below:

  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • A pinch of salt

After that long wait of barbecuing, you can now brush this on both sides of the meat and serve!

Prime Rib Recipes You Should Try

Grill Rib Roast Recipe

Grill Rib Roast Recipe

Grilled prime rib is one of those dishes that's sure to impress your guests. This classic standing rib roast recipe is perfect for special occasions, holidays, or anytime you want to treat yourself to a delicious piece of meat.

When it comes to grilling a whole bone-in rib eye or a boneless prime rib, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you'll want to make sure you have a high-quality piece of meat. Look for a well-marbled rib roast with a good layer of fat on top. This will help keep the meat juicy and flavorful as it cooks.

Once you have your prime rib, you'll need to prepare it for the grill. You can season it with a simple rub made from salt, pepper, garlic, and other spices. Or, if you prefer, you can marinate the meat overnight in a mixture of oil, vinegar, and herbs.

When it's time to grill, you'll want to set up your grill for indirect heat. This means that you'll have the burners on one side of the grill and the meat on the other. Aim for a temperature of around 350°F.

Ingredients you need:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 2 tbsp kosher salt

  • 1 tbsp black pepper

  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme

  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

  • In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, kosher salt, black pepper, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, sugar, ground allspice, and cayenne pepper. Mix well to create a paste.

  • Rub the paste all over the rib roast, making sure to coat it evenly on all sides.

  • Place the rib roast on the grill over indirect heat. Close the lid and cook for 15 minutes.

  • After 15 minutes, flip the rib roast over and continue cooking for another 15 minutes.

  • Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking the rib roast, flipping it every 15 minutes or so, using a probe, check until it reaches an internal temp of 130°F for medium-rare or 145°F for medium. 

  • Once the rib roast has reached your desired temperature, remove it from the grill and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.

  • Enjoy your deliciously grilled rib roast!

Hickory Smoked Prime Rib Recipe

Hickory Smoked Prime Rib

Another recipe to indulge in prime rib's flavorful taste is to smoke it with hickory wood. Smoking the meat with hickory wood infuses it with a delicious smoky flavor that complements the tenderness and juiciness of the meat. With the right preparation and cooking techniques, you can easily make a hickory smoked prime rib that will be the star of any meal. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to make it at home.

Ingredients you need:

  • 3 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 4 Clove garlic, mashed to a paste

  • 2 Teaspoon dried thyme

  • 2 Teaspoon dried rosemary


  1. Choose a high-quality cut of beef: Look for a rib roast that has plenty of marbling, which will ensure that the meat stays tender and juicy during the smoking process. You'll also want to make sure that the roast is a uniform size, so that it cooks evenly.

  2. Prepare the meat:Before you start smoking your prime rib, you'll need to prepare it properly. Many people like to season their prime rib with a simple rub made from salt, pepper, garlic, and other spices. Others prefer to marinate the meat overnight in a mixture of oil, vinegar, and herbs. Whatever method you choose, be sure to let the meat come to room temperature before you begin smoking it. Use a butcher twine and tie the roast into a nice round shape before you begin smoking it. Drizzle the outside with a little bit of oil and season with salt and pepper. It's important to let the roast sit for at least 30 minutes before cooking so that it can absorb some of the flavors from the rub or marinade.

  3. Set up your smoker or grill: When it comes to smoking hickory smoked prime rib, there are a few different methods you can use. Some people prefer to use a smoker, while others like to use a charcoal grill. Either way, you'll want to set up your smoker or grill for indirect heat, and aim for a temperature of around 225°F.

  4. Smoke the meat: Place your prime rib on the rack and close the lid once your smoker or grill is ready. You'll want to smoke the meat for several hours, until it reaches an internal temperature of around 130°F for medium-rare. The exact cooking time will depend on the size of your roast and the temperature of your smoker, so be sure to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature regularly.

  5. Let the meat rest: When your hickory smoked prime rib is done, let it rest for at least 10 minutes before carving. This will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful final product.

  6. Serve with your favorite sides: Serve your prime rib with your favorite sides, like roasted potatoes, creamed spinach, or a fresh green salad.