Although prime rib can be made with the oven, but a more tasty technique is by using the smoker. It brings all the moisture and juice to make it very delicious. If you want to prepare your own prime rib, below is a proven step that will get you the result you desire.
Getting the right electric smoker
Obviously, you will need an efficient electric smoker if you’re serious about making a delicious prime rib. The best electric smoker brands like Masterbuilt and Bradley have good quality smokers you can get. But if you already have a smoker, make sure you have a proper working thermometer and meat probe. You will need them for checking the temperature of the food and its doneness.
Things you will need for smoked prime rib
- Disposable aluminum pan
- Good prime rib rub
- Sharp knife
- Large cutting board
- Reliable meat thermometer
- Aluminum foil
The smoking time for prime rib takes between 20 and 30 minutes per pound. The actual time depends on type of smoker and weather conditions. If you’re cooking 3 pounds of meat, you are probably going to need about 1.5 hours to smoke the prime rib.
Trim the Prime Rib
When you’re buying prime rib from a butcher, let them know you are not roasting it. Roasting and smoking requires different cooking methods. Smoking is a slower process that gets the smoke flavor into the prime rib. The butcher can help you remove the outer layer of fat on the rib to allow the flow of smoke flavor.
Season and smoke the prime
You can decide to apply basic seasoning like pepper and salt or go for more ingredients to make it flavorful. Whichever one you want, just make sure the seasoning coats the entire prime rib all round. This will leave an even taste.
After preparing the prime rib, heat up the smoker and set at the right temperature. With an electric smoker, you can set the right temperature for prime ribs (usually about 2500F). To increase the smoky flavor, add some woodchips in the woodchip box. Then allow the meat to smoke slowly as it brings out moisture while it immerses in smoky flavor from the burning wood.
Once the smoker reaches the desired temperature, it automatically shuts down, indicating that your meat is ready. However, to be very sure, you should use a meat thermometer to check for level of doneness. The meat temperature should be closing in on about 1200F if the prime rib is fully done.