Smoked Standing Rib Roast Recipe
Prime rib is one of the greatest dishes you can eat. Perfect for holidays, parties, or just any occasion, few other foods can match up to these beef rib's succulent, juicy flavors. But that's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to rib roasts, as there's plenty more you can do with them besides just roasting them in an oven.
To really enhance your rib roast's flavor, there's many things you can do to it, chief among them being smoking. Combining the natural juiciness and flavor of a prime rib with some subtly sweet smokiness just can't be beat. How do you do it? What are you going to need to try? Let's figure that out as we go over a recipe for a delicious smoked standing rib roast.
What You Need For This Recipe
In order to cook your smoked standing prime rib roast, you'll need to gather a few ingredients and materials first. Luckily, this recipe is fairly simple and light on ingredients, meaning it's a snap to cook even for novices.
The wood you choose for smoking is as integral to the meat you want to smoke. Heart beef ribs like these can handle more robust types of smoke, though to fully appreciate the natural flavors of the meat, it's best not to try and overpower it. Heavy smoke from woods like hickory can work, though a slightly lighter choice like mesquite is likely the best option. Combining that with a fruity wood like apple or apricot can also be a good choice, too.
Once you've collected all the necessary materials, you can finally begin cooking your standing rib roast.
Step 1: Season the Rib Roast
To begin the process of cooking your roast, first you'll need to trim off any extra bits of loose fat hanging on the outside, leaving any fat that's attached to the meat. Next, combine a fourth of a cup of olive oil with the same amount of black pepper, plus two finely minced cloves of garlic and a tablespoon of kosher salt, rubbing the oil into the meat on all sides.
Let it stand at room temperature for at least half an hour after that, as an evenly warmed piece of meat cooks more evenly and retains more moisture than one you've tossed onto the smoker ice cold.
Step 2: Light the Grill
As your roast warms, the best use of your time is to start warming up the smoker you'll be using to cook it. Load up the charcoal with a three hour smoke in mind, lighting and closing the lid until a temperature of around 225 degrees Fahrenheit is reached. If you're using wood chips instead of wood chunks, start soaking them in hot water at this point, too. You can read more info on how to work the charcoal grill here!
Step 3: Smoking the Rib Roast
After both the smoker and your meat have come up to temperature, you can finally start cooking. Fill the water tank, toss in the wood, and lay the rib roast directly onto the grates fat side up.
Make sure to place a smoker-safe baking pan underneath your meat to catch the drippings, as they have plenty of delicious uses after you're done. Add in a few splashes of water to the pan as you cook if it needs it, though the naturally humid environment within the smoker might take care of it.
Smoke your meat while monitoring the amount of wood, water, and charcoal you have left, adding more of each as necessary. Depending on the size of your roast, the process will likely take between two and three hours as long as the temperature remains consistent. The roast will be done once a thermometer stuck into the thickest part of the meat registers 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 4: Resting the Meat
Once you've removed the meat from the heat, place it onto a cutting board or platter and tent it loosely with aluminum foil. Allow it to rest like this for at least half an hour if not a full hour. During this time, the meat fibers will relax and reabsorb some of their lost juices, making for a more tender and flavorful cut of roast.
The cooking process will finish at this time, too, as the residual heat within the roast passes through the meat and raises the temperature another 5 degrees or so. You can also use this time to, if you wish, turn the collected drippings into a sauce or gravy to serve with your meat.
Step 5: Serving the Rib Roast
After resting is complete, you're finally able to eat what you've worked so hard on. Standing rib roasts are fun to carve at the table, especially since they're pre-portioned due to the way they're made. Just cut between the bones to give everyone a perfectly sized serving.
Serve it up with sides like fresh steamed or roasted vegetables and potatoes, or whatever your favorites might be to eat with a roast. Your meal is sure to taste great no matter what it includes, though, as it's headed by a delicious rib roast you made yourself.
With this simple and easy to follow recipe, you too can make a delicious smoked standing rib roast. The short ingredients list and small amount of steps means it's easy to cook no matter if it's your first or fiftieth time trying out this meal (and you'll definitely be back again in no time given how good it tastes).
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Do You Cook a Standing Rib Roast?
As an estimate, you should cook a standing rib roast for 15 minutes per pound. When you are smoking it at low and slow temperatures - such as 250 degrees F - it can take 4 to 6 hours to finish cooking.
What Cut of Meat is a Standing Rib Roast?
The standing rib roast is also known as the prime rib, one of the nine primal cuts of beef. It is often cut from ribs six through twelve in the beef. You can often purchase as little as two ribs and as many as seven ribs.
What Makes Standing Rib Roast Taste so Good?
The prime rib has a juicy, tender “eye” of meat in its center. This “eye” is surrounded with fat, making it especially flavorful and beefy tasting. These muscles are not often used by the beef, so they are more tender than other cuts of beef.
What Temperature Do You Smoke Standing Rib Roast?
You can smoke standing rib roast at 225 to 250 degrees F. You should cook it until the internal temperature (as measured by an instant read thermometer) reaches 125 degrees F.
What Is The Best Wood for Smoking Standing Rib Roast?
Hearty beef flavors can stand up to more robust wood choices like hickory or mesquite, but it is better to smoke a standing rib roast with a more mild wood. Apple or apricot woods will allow the delicate flavors of the standing rib roast to shine through.