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Garlic Butter Smoked Prime Rib

Hey there, folks! Are ready to dive into the mouthwatering world of garlic butter smoked prime rib? Now, let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a juicy, perfectly cooked prime rib, infused with the flavors of garlic and butter, and kissed by the smoky goodness of a grill. It’s a culinary experience that’ll have your taste buds doing a happy dance!

garlic butter smoked prime rib

How to make garlic butter smoked prime rib

Now, let me walk you through the delightful process of creating this tantalizing dish. First things first, grab yourself a beautiful prime rib roast from your local butcher or grocery store. Trust me, you want a high-quality cut for this culinary adventure. Once you’ve got your meaty masterpiece in hand, it’s time to whip up the star of the show: the garlic butter marinade.

Take a generous amount of softened butter, mince up some fresh garlic, and combine them in a bowl. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt, a dash of black pepper, and perhaps a sprinkle of your favorite herbs like rosemary or thyme. Mix it all up until you’ve got a creamy, aromatic blend of flavors.

Next, slather that glorious garlic butter all over your prime rib. Give it a massage, show it some love! Let it marinate in the fridge for a few hours, allowing those flavors to work their magic. Meanwhile, preheat your grill or smoker to a temperature of around 225°F (107°C).

How Long to Smoke Garlic Butter Prime Rib

Now, this is the part where patience becomes your best friend. Place your prime rib on the grill or smoker and let it cook low and slow for a couple of hours. The exact cooking time will depend on the size of your roast and your preferred level of doneness. As a general rule of thumb, you’re looking at about 30 minutes per pound for medium-rare. But hey, don’t stress about it! Grab a cold beverage, relax, and let the smoky aromas work their magic.

garlic butter smoked prime rib recipe

How to Carve

Once your garlic butter smoked prime rib reaches the desired internal temperature (around 135°F or 57°C for medium-rare), it’s time to let it rest. Cover it loosely with foil and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. This resting period allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more tender and flavorful roast.

Now, when it comes to carving, channel your inner culinary artist. Grab a sharp knife and slice the prime rib against the grain into thick, juicy portions. Lay them out on a platter, ready to impress your hungry guests. Oh, and don’t forget to drizzle some of those glorious garlic butter drippings over the top for an extra burst of flavor!

What side dish to serve

Now that you’ve conquered the art of garlic butter smoked prime rib, let’s talk about the perfect sides to accompany this carnivorous masterpiece. Personally, I’m a fan of creamy mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and a fresh garden salad. But hey, feel free to let your creativity run wild! Perhaps a fluffy Yorkshire pudding or some buttery dinner rolls would make your taste buds sing.

garlic butter prime rib recipe

What to do with leftovers

Now, let’s tackle the question that often plagues food enthusiasts: what to do with those delectable prime rib leftovers? Well, fear not, my friends! There are plenty of tasty options to keep the deliciousness going. You could slice up the leftover prime rib for some mouthwatering sandwiches, or dice it up and toss it into a hearty beef stew. You could even use it as a topping for a gourmet pizza. The possibilities are endless, and your taste buds will thank you!

Random Fact Alert!  Did you know that prime rib is also known as a standing rib roast? The name “standing” comes from the way the roast is traditionally cooked, with the ribs still attached, standing upright.

Alright, let’s roll up our sleeves and dive into the delicious world of homemade garlic butter smoked prime rib! Get ready to impress your taste buds and wow your guests with this incredible recipe, made entirely from scratch. 

Garlic Butter Smoked Prime Rib

Treat yourself to an exquisite dinner with an unforgettable flavor! Our garlic butter smoked prime rib is sure to make your taste buds dance with joy.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours


  • 1 piece Prime Rib Roast (4-6 pounds)
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 8 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • Fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme for extra flavor (optional)


Preparing the Garlic Butter Marinade

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the minced garlic, softened butter, black pepper, and salt. Mix them together until well combined. If desired, you can also add a sprinkle of fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme for additional flavor.

  2. Place the prime rib roast on a cutting board and generously slather the garlic butter marinade all over the surface of the meat. Make sure to cover all sides and give it a good massage. Let the roast marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or overnight for even more flavor infusion.

Preparing the Grill or Smoker

  1. Before you begin smoking, you need to prepare your grill or smoker. If you're using a charcoal grill, light the charcoal and let it burn until it reaches a grayish-white ash. For a smoker, follow the manufacturer's instructions for lighting and heating.

  2. Set up the grill or smoker for indirect heat cooking. You want to maintain a temperature of around 225°F (107°C) for a slow and steady cooking process.

  3. If you're using wood chips or chunks for smoking, soak them in water for about 30 minutes prior to cooking. This will help create a flavorful smoke.

Smoking the Garlic Butter Prime Rib

  1. Once your grill or smoker is preheated and ready, place the marinated prime rib roast on the grate, fat side up. Close the lid and let the magic happen!

  2. Monitor the internal temperature of the roast using a meat thermometer. Insert it into the thickest part of the meat, avoiding contact with the bone. Aim for a medium-rare doneness, which is around 135°F (57°C). Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your roast, but as a general guideline, calculate about 30 minutes per pound.

  3. While smoking, periodically add soaked wood chips or chunks to create a steady stream of smoke. This will infuse the meat with that irresistible smoky flavor.

  4. Resist the urge to open the lid too often, as it will cause temperature fluctuations and increase cooking time. Trust the process and let the smoke work its magic!

Resting and Carving the Prime Rib

  1. Once the internal temperature reaches around 135°F (57°C) for medium-rare, carefully remove the prime rib roast from the grill or smoker. Place it on a cutting board and tent it loosely with aluminum foil. Let it rest for about 15-20 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute and the meat to become more tender.

  2. After the resting period, it's time to carve this beauty! Grab a sharp knife and slice the prime rib against the grain into thick, mouthwatering portions. Lay them out on a serving platter, ready to be devoured.

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