4 Easy Steps To Grilling A Holiday Rib Roast

4 Easy Steps To Grilling A Holiday Rib Roast

The holidays call for something extra special so I like to serve a bone-in prime rib to my family and friends. Don’t be intimidated by this cut of meat. It’s so easy and delicious – all it needs is a little salt and pepper, some fresh herbs, indirect heat and love.

Herbed Prime Rib
by Jennie Lussow

Special equipment:
2 handfuls apple wood chips

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
6 medium garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 5-lb bone-in rib roast, trimmed of excess fat (figure 6-8oz of meat per person)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:
1. In a small bowl, mix first 4 ingredients together until a thin paste forms. Coat the roast evenly on all sides with the paste. Season the roast generously with salt and pepper. Allow the roast to stand at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes before grilling.

2. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (about 400 degrees).

3. Brush the cooking grates clean. Drain and add the wood chips on top of the charcoal and close the lid. When the wood begins to smoke, place the roast on the grill, bone side down, over indirect medium heat. Cook with the lid closed as much as possible, until the internal temperature reaches 120 to 125 degrees for medium-rare, about 1 ½ hours.

4. Remove the roast from the grill, cover loosely with foil, and let rest about 20 minutes. Cut the roast into thick slices and serve immediately. 

What are your thoughts? (6)

02.02.17

Todd M

I have a 4.5 lb Prime Rib. I am going to try this method tomorrow. Planning to use my own rub. I wasn't certain how to handle a $53 piece of meat! Thank you for this!

02.01.17

Jennie Lussow

Hi Todd! I'm so glad this recipe was helpful! Be sure to share pictures of your Prime rib with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We love seeing what our fans are grilling!

01.01.17

Jason R

Sounds awesome! Putting this one on the list!

01.01.17

Jennie Lussow

Thanks, Jason! Let us know how it turns out! - Jennie

12.24.16

john A

How long would you recommend grilling a 10lb boneless roast?

12.24.16

Jennie Lussow

Hi John! I would plan on about 2 1/2 hours for a 10-lb roast but start checking the temperature at about the 1 1/2 hour mark to check for doneness.

12.23.16

Dave A

Is there an easy way to convert charcoal grill recipes to gas grill recipes (three burner in my case?)

12.23.16

Jennie Lussow

Hi Dave! The cooking temperatures and times will be the same whether you're using gas or charcoal. How you'll want to arrange the charcoal depends on whether you're doing direct or indirect grilling. I hope this helps! - Jennie

12.18.16

Vance S

Looking forward to trying this receipe for Christmas dinner. I'll let you know how it goes.

12.18.16

Jennie Lussow

Hi Vance! Yes, please let me know how it goes. Can't wait to hear how it turned out! - Jennie

12.15.16

WILLIAM B

I always start mine directly over the flame and turn it until I have a caramelization on all sides, then move it to the indirect heat position. This gives it a much better flavor, that we all love!

12.15.16

Jennie Lussow

Hi William! This is also a great way to grill a Rib Roast. Thanks for reading and grill on! - Jennie

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