Prime rib on the grill combines the best of both worlds – a gorgeous crust and tender bites that melt in your mouth. Give it a try yourself!
Enjoy this entree for a special occasion or serve it at a holiday meal instead of turkey or ham.
Not only is grilled prime rib a stunning centerpiece for the table, but using this method keeps your kitchen cool – or frees up much-needed oven space!
Plus, the flavor of the herbs and spices crusting the outside won’t compete with any of your favorite sides.
If you’re new to outdoor cooking, I have another post with tips for grilling all kinds of steaks. It’s a great place to start if you’re a bit intimidated by this grilled prime rib recipe.
How To Cook Prime Rib On The Grill
- Marinate overnight. Apply salt and garlic powder over the entire surface of the standing roast, then let it sit uncovered on a rack in the refrigerator. This allows the cold air to dry out the beef – like a shortcut to dry aging it.
- Apply a dry rub. Coat the surface in oil first to help the spices adhere. Be sure to work the rub into the meat for better flavor.
- Cook over low heat. Set your BBQ to 250°F on indirect cooking. Transfer the meat to a roasting rack – bone side down – with a drip pan underneath. Place the prime rib on the grill and cook for 3 to 4 hours.
- Let it rest. Transfer off the heat and wrap the roast in foil. Let it sit for about 30 minutes while you crank up the heat on the BBQ.
- Reverse sear. Remove the foil and place the meat directly on the grate. Cook for another 10 minutes or so, until it forms a nice crust.
- Slice and serve. Since it already rested, you can cut into it right off of the grill. I like to cut out the ribs and set them aside to use for another meal.
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FAQ – Common Recipe Questions
How do you know when prime rib is done?
Always use a digital meat thermometer to get an accurate internal temperature. The final temp should be around 135-140° F, which is a perfect medium-rare.
If you prefer yours to be a bit more cooked, leave it on longer before wrapping it in foil. When it’s about 15 to 20 degrees shy of the final temperature, it’s ready to pull.
- 135° – 140° = Medium-Rare
- 145° – 150° = Medium
- 150° – 155° = Medium-Well
- 160° – 165° = Well
What goes with grilled prime rib?
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Prime Rib On The Grill
- 8 pound standing rib roast with 3 bones
- 3 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, I like using grilling olive oil
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- Take the Prime Rib out of the packaging and place on a platter (I like using my marinade tray from William Sonoma). If you don’t have one, make sure to use a plate or tray big enough for the meat to stay on it but also small enough to fit in your fridge.
- With a paper towel, pat dry the roast.
- Mix Kosher salt and garlic powder together.
- Sprinkle Kosher salt and garlic powder mixture on top, gently rub it in.
- Repeat for all sides.
- Put on a rack in the fridge uncovered overnight. I used my BBQ roasting/rib rack.
- *NOTE* Putting the roast on a rack allows air to dry out the meat overnight. Think about like a cheating fast way to dry age the meat.
Morning of the cook
- Take the prime rib out of the fridge.
- Prepare your BBQ for indirect cooking and bring to 250 degrees F.
- In a small bowl combine all rub ingredients.
- Coat roast with vegetable oil (in our case olive oil)
- Sprinkle the top of the roast with the dry rub. Gently rub it in. Repeat for all sides.
- Once the BBQ is at temperature, place the meat on a roasting rack in the middle of the grill with a drip pan beneath.
- When placing your roast in the rack, make sure the bones are down on the rack.
- Place an oven safe thermometer in the center of the roast.
- Cook for 3 to 4 hours or until the internal temperature is 120 degrees F. Our roast took 4 hours and 15 minutes.
- Wrap the roast in aluminum paper and let it rest for 30 minutes. The residual heat will continue to cook the meat. Our roast internal temperature after 30 minutes of resting rose to 130 degrees F, which per USDA is a medium rare.
- While the roast is resting, increase BBQ temperature to 500 degrees F still using indirect heat.
- Unwrap the roast and place it rib side down directly on the grill (NO NEED FOR ROASTING RACK). You want to create a crust (this method is called reverse sear)
- Cook for 10 minutes or until internal temperature indicates 135-140 degrees F or until you have a good crust on the roast.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published October 2021
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