Cherry Smoked Prime Rib

Prime rib in the smoker.


  • 5 lb prime rib
  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp garlic flakes
  • 2 Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
  • Spray olive oil
  • 2 cups cherry juice


  • Cherry or prime rib


  1. Use butcher twine to tie up the prime rib at 34 inch intervals
  2. Mix the salt, pepper, garlic flakes, onion, and red pepper flakes to form a rub
  3. Spray olive oil on the meat, then sprinkle on the rub
  4. Leave prime rib on counter for 30-45 minutes
  5. Preheat smoker to 225°F-240°F
  6. Place prime rib in smoker
  7. Spray prime rib with cherry juice every hour
  8. Insert a thermometer probe into thickest part of the meat at about 2 hour mark
  9. Cook to medium-rare (130°F)
  10. Remove prime rib from smoker and place in pan with foil tented over top until time to eat


Yields: 6

Cook Time: 5 hours

Source: Jeff Phillips