Maple-Smoked Prime Rib Recipe

  • 3 cups maple wood chips
  • 1 (6 pound) three-rib standing rib roast, bones separated from the roast and tied in place
  • coarse sea salt to taste
  • coarsely ground black pepper to taste
  1. Soak wood chips in water until fully moistened, at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat smoker to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C). Place a drip pan beneath the rack where you will roast the meat.
  3. Season roast generously with sea salt and black pepper to coat on all sides; rub seasoning into the meat and fat.
  4. Put the roast into the preheated smoker above the drip pan with the fat cap facing upwards.
  5. Add 2/3 cup of the soaked wood chips to your heat source according to your smoker's instruction manual.
  6. Smoke the roast in the preheated smoker for 30 minutes. Add half the remaining wood chips to the heat source. Smoke another 30 minutes and add remainder of the wood chips. Continue smoking roast until browned on the outside and red in the center, about 2 hours more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 125 degrees F (49 degrees C).
  7. Remove roast to a cutting board, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and rest beef for 30 minutes. Carve into 1/2- to 1-inch slices.