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smoked prime rib perfectly medium rare

Perfectly Medium Rare Smoked Prime Rib

  • Author: Jess Pryles



1012 lb ribeye roll/prime rib

1/3 cup Hardcore Carnivore Black or your preferred seasoning

2 tablespoons of cider vinegar

1 cup water


  1. Start by preheating a smoker or pellet grill to 275f.
  2. Combine water and cider vinegar in a spray bottle.
  3. Coat the prime rib generously with seasoning, and place in the preheated smoker.
  4. After 30 minutes, spritz the beef with the apple cider mixture, then repeat the spritz every 30 minutes during the cook.
  5. After 1.5 hours, begin monitoring the internal temperature. 125f for rare, 135 for medium rare, 145 for medium. I recommend removing the prime rib about 5 degrees below the ideal temp, as it will continue to climb in temperature slightly once removed from cooker.
  6. Once at desired temperature, remove from smoker and wrap tightly in foil or butchers paper. Then place the prime rib in a cooler (without ice!) to rest for at least an hour.
  7. After resting slice, serve and enjoy!


  • When smoking beef, I recommend using Oak, Mesquite or Pecan.
  • Use an old towel to line a cooler for the resting stage.
  • To accurately check internal temperature, use a digital thermometer.
  • Cuisine: Holiday