Smoked garlic butter prime rib


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Smoked Garlic Butter Prime Rib

Get ready for a holiday feast like no other with our incredible Smoked Garlic Butter Prime Rib—hands down, the best recipe for Christmas festivities! Picture this: a mouthwatering prime rib, generously slathered in herb-infused compound butter, slow-smoked to absolute perfection.

Treat your loved ones to the best this season!

Smoked garlic butter prime rib Ingredients

Prime Rib Preparation

  • 8-10 pound bone-in prime rib roast
  • 1 Tablespoon coarse ground salt
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper

Garlic Herb Butter

  • 16 ounces softened butter
  • 8 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 sprigs finely minced rosemary
  • 2 sprigs finely minced thyme
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
The best Smoked Garlic Butter Prime Rib


Initial Preparation

  1. Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F, ideally using oak or hickory wood for the best flavor.
  2. Trim the roast to about 1/4 inch thickness and season evenly with salt and pepper.

Butter Application

  1. Create the garlic herb butter by mixing the softened butter with minced garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper.
  2. Generously slather the roast with the prepared garlic herb butter.

Smoking Process

  1. Place the roast on a flat baking rack above a rimmed baking sheet inside the smoker.
  2. Smoke the roast until it reaches your desired level of doneness (120 degrees F for Rare, 125 degrees F for Medium-Rare, or 130 degrees F for Medium).

Resting and Searing

  1. Rest the prime rib post-smoking for 20 minutes, then sear it on a grill preheated to 400 degrees F to your preferred final doneness.


  • Adjust seasoning: The amount of salt and pepper can be adjusted according to the size of the roast and personal preference.
  • Herb variations: Feel free to experiment with different herbs to find your perfect flavor blend.


  • Calories: Approximately 1357 kcal per serving.
  • Protein: 62g
  • Fat: 121g (Saturated Fat: 50g)
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Sodium: 668mg


Can I Brine the Prime Rib Before Smoking?

  • Yes, you can brine the prime rib prior to smoking. However, adjust the amount of salt in the butter accordingly.

What Wood Should I Use for Smoking?

  • Oak or hickory wood is recommended for the best flavor profile.

How Long Should I Smoke the Prime Rib?

  • Plan for approximately 35 minutes per pound at 225 degrees F for a rare roast.

If you’re looking for a delightful dessert to pair with your Smoked Garlic Butter Prime Rib, why not try a classic favorite? Check out our recipe for Grandma’s Sour Cream Sugar Cookies, a perfect sweet treat to complete your meal.

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