Susan’s Marinated Smoked Prime Rib Recipe – Great for a Holiday Feast

Marinated and smoked prime rib ready to serve

I notice that all the grocery stores are featuring prime rib for Christmas. While just serving prime rib makes an excellent meal, we suggest taking a new approach. Cook your prime rib on the smoker or grill!

Whether you use the Big Green Egg, Traeger Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker or the Broilmaster QRave, smoking your prime rib will result in a richer flavor and juicier, more tender meat.

A couple of years ago, Susan found a simple prime rib recipe for marinating and smoking prime rib. First you want to start with selecting the perfect cut of prime rib. Of course, bigger is better and the quality of meat will depend on what is available where you shop.

We have found that a simple marinade of olive oil, red wine, garlic and your favorite herbs, (we use rosemary), works best. Blend these ingredients together.

Seasoning the prime rib

Place the prime rib in a plastic food bag or non reactive pan. Pour the marinade over the meat, making sure that it is covered or be prepared to turn the meat over after 12 hours.

Marinate for 24-36 hours. Once done, remove meat and pat dry. Re-season with your favorite herbs and place in rack and roasting pan.

Have your smoker running at 225-250 degrees. Place extra wood-smoking chips into the smoker along with the meat.

*Note: If you have a gas grill, you can make a smoker packet out of aluminum foil and soaked wood chips. Poke small holes into the tightly sealed pack so smoke can escape.

Place prime rib on smoker with corded meat thermometer

Your length of cooking time will depend on temperature of smoker, size of the meat, and some weather conditions. Figure around 30-50% longer than the standard indoor cook at 375 degrees.

Place your corded meat thermometer in the prime rib and close the smoker up tight. Cook to 5 degrees of your desired temperature. Take off grill/smoker, cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 10-15 minutes. Then take plenty of photos so you can share pics of your prized prime rib.

We’d love to see the results! Send pics to or post to our Facebook page.