How To Smoke a Standing Rib Roast

Are you tired of mediocre roasted meats and want to step up your game? Look no further because smoking a standing rib roast is the answer. Let me show you how! 

These are some basic steps to smoke a standing rib roast: 

  1. Choose Your Roast
  2. Prepare the Roast
  3. Set Up Your Smoker
  4. Smoke the Roast
  5. Rest, Carve, and Serve

In the rest of the blog, I will take you through every step, from choosing the right cut of meat to smoking the standing rib roast to perfection. So, let’s get ready to fire up the smoker and make some magic!

What You’re Going To Need 

  • Standing rib roast (3- to 5-bone, 3 to 5 pounds) (The size of the standing rib roast will depend on the number of people you’re serving. A 3- to 5-pound roast should feed 4 to 8 people.)
  • Salt and pepper (or your choice of seasonings, such as garlic, rosemary, or thyme)
  • Water (for the smoker’s water pan)
  • Wood chips (such as hickory, apple, or cherry, depending on your preferred flavor)
  • Smoker (electric, charcoal, or wood-fired)
  • Water pan
  • Meat thermometer
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife
  • Tongs (for removing the roast from the smoker)

These ingredients and equipment should provide you with everything you need to smoke a mouth-watering standing rib roast. Of course, feel free to add any additional seasonings or herbs that you prefer to personalize your roast to your taste.

Now, let’s get the smoker on! 

Step 1: Choose Your Roast

A standing rib roast, also known as prime rib, is a cut of beef that includes rib bones and is taken from the back of the cow. It’s often considered a special-occasion meal, and for a good reason – when cooked correctly, it’s juicy, tender, and full of rich, beefy flavor.

When it comes to selecting the right cut of meat, it’s all about the marbling. Marbling refers to the flecks of fat within the meat that helps to keep it juicy and flavorful. The more marbling, the better!

For a standing rib roast, aim for a cut that’s well-marbled, with an even distribution of fat throughout. You should also look for a cut that’s evenly thick, with no thin areas or large chunks of fat. This will ensure that the meat cooks evenly and remains juicy.

Another important factor to consider is the age of the meat. Opt for a cut that’s been aged for at least two weeks, as this will help to break down the tough muscle fibers and make the meat more tender.

A 3-bone roast is a good choice for a family meal, but if you’re serving a larger group, you may want to go for a 4- or 5-bone roast.

Step 2: Prepare the Roast

Once you’ve chosen your roast, it’s time to prepare it for smoking. Start by removing it from the refrigerator and allowing it to come to room temperature for about 2 hours. This will help the meat cook more evenly.

Next, season the roast all over with a generous amount of salt and pepper. You can also add other seasonings, such as garlic, rosemary, or thyme if you like. 

My personal favorite is the classic salt and pepper combo! 

Now, let the roast sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat.

Step 3: Set Up Your Smoker

While the roast is coming to room temperature, it’s a good time to get your smoker ready. Fill the water pan with water and preheat the smoker to 225°F.

Step 4: Smoke the Roast

Once the smoker is up to temperature, it’s time to add the roast. Place it on the smoker grate, fat-side up, and close the lid. Let the roast smoke for about 30 minutes per pound or until it reaches an internal temperature of 130°F.

Step 5: Rest, Carve, and Serve

When the roast has reached 130°F, remove it from the smoker and wrap it tightly in foil. Let it rest for at least 30 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat. This is an important step, as it will help ensure that the roast is juicy and tender when you slice into it.

After the roast has rested, it’s time to carve and serve. Slice the roast against the grain, taking care to remove the rib bones as you go. Serve the slices with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a green salad.

Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure your standing rib roast is a success:

Pre-Cooking Preparations 

1. Room Temperature

Let the meat sit at room temperature to ensure even cooking.

2. Seasoning

Season the roast generously, but be careful not to overdo it. Don’t want to overpower the natural flavor of the meat.

Monitoring Internal Temperature

Use a meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature. This will ensure that the roast is cooked to your desired level of doneness.

Resting the Roast

Let the roast rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing. This will allow the juices to redistribute and result in a juicier, more flavorful final product.

Checking for Doneness

If you’re unsure about the cooking time, use the “finger test” to check for doneness. The meat should be firm but not tough and should have a little give when you press on it with your finger.

Serving Suggestions

A standing rib roast is a classic dish that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. 

I prefer to serve it with a simple side salad or roasted vegetables or go all out with mashed potatoes, gravy, and dinner rolls. Add a glass of red wine, and you’ve got a feast fit for royalty.

Final Thoughts

Smoking a standing rib roast is a fantastic way to impress your guests and create a memorable meal. By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to smoke a juicy, tender, and flavorful roast every time. 

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different rubs and marinades to find the perfect flavor profile for your taste buds. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just looking for a delicious Sunday dinner, a smoked standing rib roast is sure to be a hit!