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Traeger Prime Rib Roast

Our Traeger Smoked Prime Rib Roast is a boneless rib roast seasoned with rosemary, salt, pepper, and garlic, and then cooked in a pan on the pellet grill or smoker with mirepoix and au jus. You’ll never go back to the oven version once you try this easy Traeger recipe.

Smoked Prime Rib

Smoked Prime Rib Recipe

If you’ve ever been in the kitchen on a holiday and have lamented about not having double ovens, let me just stop you right there.

Spoiler alert:

You don’t need double ovens if you get a Traeger.

I was slow to jump on this particular bandwagon, but I’m officially sold. You can do SO MUCH with these grills. It isn’t just a smoker, either. It is a grill and can be used as an OVEN as well.

We’ve made everything from bacon to turkey, and salsa verde to fajitas on that thing.

Update, we even make our own Traeger beef jerky and it is the BEST JERKY I HAVE EVER HAD.

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Do you think you like smoked salmon? You have no idea how good smoked salmon can be until you taste it fresh off of a wood-pellet grill.

I love wood-fired anything, and pellet grilling is so much more convenient than charcoal or campfire cooking. It tastes SO much better than cooking on a gas grill. I don’t even like food cooked on gas grills anymore, I’ve been so spoiled by this ultimate grilling machine.

We have TWO now, and I wouldn’t really raise a fuss if there was mention of a 3rd. (But don’t tell Jeremiah!)

Why? Because I get alllll the good cookin’ from my husband of things like this prime rib on a Traeger. Can you smell that?? Because I still can.

This is a super easy recipe. As in, even as a novice griller I would’ve been totally comfortable throwing this together and sticking it on the grill.

Thankfully though, today I didn’t have to. I love the weekends. Sleeping in and long lunches and time for shopping and relaxing and recharging.


Mine usually goes something like, work – cleaning – laundry – dishes – fighting kids – endless to-do lists – emails – photographing *something* – and then locking myself in my room for an hour or two for some quiet.

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Traeger Smoked Prime Rib

Where is the best place to buy Prime Rib?

If you want true prime-grade meat, make sure to go to a reputable butcher. Most of the rib roasts you see in grocery stores are NOT prime grade.

Our favorite spot to order high-quality beef is from Snake River Farms. Their American Wagyu Prime Rib Roasts are beautiful and get rave reviews from all of their clients, and is where we’ll be getting our prime rib roast this year! Buy yours by clicking the link below!

Buy your Snake River Farms Wagyu Prime Rib Roast here!

How long does it take to smoke a prime rib?

It depends. Never go by TIME when cooking a big roast. Always always always go by temp. That’s the only way to get consistent results.

For a medium-rare roast, pull it when the roast reaches 115-120 degrees. It’ll continue cooking for a bit even after you pull it, so for that delicious color don’t leave it too long on the grill.

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Traeger Smoked Prime Rib

What is the best wood to smoke a prime rib?

We really love the Traeger Gourmet blend, but I’ve also used Hickory and Cherry pellets with great success. Use what you have, and it’ll be delicious.

15+ Leftover Prime Rib Ideas here!

Smoked Prime Rib Roast

What temperature is best for a smoked prime rib?

We like to smoke ours at 250° for about an hour, and then crank it up to high until it reaches 120° inside using an internal probe. The end pieces will always be more done than the middle pieces, especially if you are cooking a very large roast.

You’re going to find a LOT of different opinions on this out there though, and most of them will most likely be some degree of “right” and will result in a delicious smoked prime rib. Do your thing!

As long as you pull the roast when the internal temp reaches 120, you’re going to love it.

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Smoked Prime Rib Roast

What if I don’t like medium-rare prime rib?

If you aren’t a fan of medium-rare prime rib, I promise I won’t give you any crap about it…unless we are in person. Then all bets are off. 😉

But really – you have some options if you like a rib roast that is cooked a little more.

  1. Cook it a little longer. Pull the roast at 130 if you want the entire thing to be a little more towards medium & medium-well.
  2. Still, pull it at 120°, but give it a 30-second bath in some hot au jus right before servings.
  3. Pull at 120°, but sear individual slices of rib roast in a blazing hot cast-iron skillet on the stovetop.

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Smoked Prime Rib Roast

What sides are best with Prime Rib?

Sides are an important part of any prime rib feast! Here are some options from OWYD that are great options.





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“I tried this my first time ever doing Prime Rib; it came out fantastic.”


Smoked Prime Rib Roast
Yield: 8 servings

Traeger Prime Rib Roast

Traeger Smoked Prime Rib

Prime Rib on the Traeger is another must try. Like most things cooked on the T, it takes it to the next level. If you've cooked a prime rib roast before, then this will be a breeze. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 5 pound boneless rib roast
  • 4 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cup beef broth


  1. Take the roast out of your fridge at least an hour before cooking. Preheat your Traeger to 250°.
  2. Mix the salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic, and rosemary in a bowl and mix it all together with a spoon to create your rub. Coat your entire rib roast with the rub. Make sure to use it all. After the rib roast is coated, set it aside.
  3. Next, combine the onions, carrots, and celery in the bottom of a 9" X 13" high sided cake pan. Place the rib roast on top of the vegetables in the cake pan.
  4. Put the pan with the roast in it onto the center of your pre-heated Traeger. Cook at 250° for one hour.
  5. After one hour, pour the two cups of beef broth into the bottom of the cake pan.
  6. Turn your Traeger up high and let it cook until the internal temperature reaches 120°.
  7. Pull the roast off of the grill when it hits 120° and let it rest for twenty minutes before slicing.
  8. Pour the juices from the bottom of the pan through a strainer, skim the fat off of the top, and use the remaining juice for your au jus.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 721Total Fat: 60gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 207mgSodium: 2450mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 43g

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Tuesday 19th of December 2023

I have a bone-in 5-6lb prime rib. I like mine almost mooing (very rare), so I guess pulling off meat around 110 degrees would more to my liking?


Thursday 21st of December 2023

@Cindy, Love mine mooing too! 110 is where I pull mine, wrap it in butcher paper, and put it in my cooler until we are ready to eat, usually 30 minutes.

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 19th of December 2023

Yup! In the very center you could pull it at 110-115. The ends will be a little more done, but that center piece will basically be blue.


Saturday 24th of December 2022

Attempting today. Bones up or bones down? Thanks in advance and Happy Holidays!

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 24th of December 2022

We always do bones down. It creates its own "oven rack" of sorts to keep the meat off the bottom of the pan and from braising in the pan juices. Let me know how it goes!

Linda Guzman

Friday 23rd of December 2022

Thank you for the quick reply Nicole!! Got my meat today, 15lbs for a 6 rib prime rib roast! Would you recommend tripling the seasoning measurements? Should I marinate it overnight?

Linda Guzman

Wednesday 4th of January 2023

@Nicole Johnson, your traeger prime rib recipe was a massive hit for Christmas Eve Dinner!!! I sent you some pics on your FB page… we should’ve pulled it a little sooner but the traeger thermometer misled us. Luckily we poked it in a few other places with another meat thermometer and it was definitely done… none the less the seasoning was spot on, I doubled the seasoning since I had 15lb 6 rib roast. ? thank you so much for all your guidance!!! I’ll definitely be back for more recipes!!!!

Nicole Johnson

Friday 23rd of December 2022

Very nice! I would double or triple the seasonings, but the onions/celery/carrots and beef broth amounts are probably fine. You might want to keep some more beef broth on hand to add to the pan in case some evaporates, but a roast that size will also put out its own drippings too, that add to the whole mix. If you have some red wine you can toss a little of that in the pan with the beef broth too! ;) I mean, you could triple everything and it would be amazing, so if you want lots of au jus, don't let me get in your way, but it probably isn't entirely necessary.

Let me know how it goes! I'd love to see pics! (They are hard to share here, but I'm on Facebook! We have an Easy Traeger Recipes Facebook group, or my regular old Facebook page!

Colleen Espersen

Tuesday 8th of November 2022

Hi! I'm going to try this for Thanksgiving. Here's my delimma, I'm feeding 5 adults and 6 kids. Can I do a larger one, or maybe 2 separate ones???


Thursday 22nd of December 2022

@Nicole Johnson,

What is mirepoix? I am making this for Christmas dinner and I'm super excited because it sounds delicious. Can you confirm if the seasoning measurements needs to be adjusted if I'm making a 6 rib prime rib roast? I've never made a prime rib roast before and I've never used our Traeger for something like this so I'm a total novice. Can you also link the recipe for the au jus? Sorry for all the questions, I just don't want to blow it at Christmas LOL!

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 10th of November 2022

A larger one would be perfect. I figure on about a pound per person for adults if it is boneless prime rib, and 1 1/2 pounds per person if it is a bone-in cut. Depending on the ages of the kids, I adjust from there. If it were me, I'd be looking for an 8-10 pound prime rib, or two that equal about that amount.


Saturday 2nd of October 2021

Oh man, I will never live down the fact that I miss-spelled Traeger. Any chance you can do me a solid lolololol

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

You know it! ;)

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