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Barrel House Cooker Smoked Prime Rib Roast

The crowd will go wild for this smoked prime rib roast. We take the best part of the cow, smoke it slow and low and crank up the heat to create an herbaceous salty crust.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, prime rib
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 11 hours
Servings 22
Calories 551 kcal
Author Christie Vanover


  • 7 lb ribeye roast
  • 2 tsp whole peppercorns
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp raw sugar
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp whole allspice
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic


  1. In a spice grinder, combine the peppercorns, rosemary, sugar, mustard seeds, allspice and pepper flakes. Pulse until coarsely ground. Mix in a small bowl with the sea salt and garlic powder.

  2. Coat the entire roast with the spice rub. Set on a baking rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Refrigerate uncovered overnight.

  3. Light the Barrel House Cooker according to manufacturer's instructions. Just before adding the meat, add a chunk of cherry or hickory wood.

  4. Place the grill grate in the lower third of the cooker. Add an aluminum pie tin onto the grate to catch the juices.

  5. From the top of the roast, pierce the rod of the EZ-Load Turkey Hanger through the center of the roast. Screw the two cross bars onto the second to last threads, making an X to hold the roast. Hang the roast onto the H-frame, and load it into the cooker.

  6. Insert a temperature probe into the center of the roast, being careful not to touch the metal hanger.

  7. Close the lid and smoke to an internal temperature of 100F degrees, about 2-2 1/2 hours.

  8. Open the bottom vent all the way and crack the lid. The goal is to raise the heat to create a crust. If the cooker gets above 425F degrees, just close the lid back to normal. Continue smoking until the meat temperature reaches 135F degrees, about 30-45 minutes.

  9. Remove from the cooker. Tent with foil and rest for 30-45 minutes before slicing.


Placing an aluminum tin on the bottom rack will prevent flare-ups. When juices hit the coals, they burn and can create an overwhelming flavor that takes away from the perfect smokiness you're trying to achieve.

Barrel House Cooker manufacturer's instructions for lighting the grill.

If you have people in the crowd who don't like medium-rare meat, you can either serve them the end pieces (my favorite part because it has maximum rub) or you can throw their pieces back on the grill or into a 450-degree oven.

Serve with a variety of dips like creamy horseradish, shallot and herb sauce, peppercorn sauce or chimichurri.

Nutrition Facts
Barrel House Cooker Smoked Prime Rib Roast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 551 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 577mg25%
Potassium 10mg0%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.