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How To Smoke a Prime Rib 
Dec. 26, 2009 8:43 am 
Updated: Jan. 20, 2010 12:32 pm
Yesterday was Christmas and we had been planning on smoking a prime rib for ages! With the help of his Majesty, I decided to write a blog on how to do this, as it's more technique than an actual recipe. First off, we NEVER use a gas barbeque...only charcoal for us. So His majesty got the briquettes going in the chimney...for a 5 pound roast, you will need to useone and a half chimneys full of briquettes. He started the chips soaking...they need to soak for about an hour so they don't just burn right up. After the charcoal is ready, sprinkle the chips over the briquettes and wait for them to start doing their thing. Put the roast on the rack and push the top on the smoker and leave it alone. Consume about 3 beers waiting for the smoke to die down. Once it does, stir it around and add a few more handfuls of chips. Repeat this process until your roast is'll need to start the chimney up again. Once you get about 4 beers down, depending on fast you guzzle them...your roast should be done! I have to give his Majesty credit...he was totally a good sport about me snapping photos of every step of the way.  So basically for a 5 lb. prime rib, it takes about 4 hours on the smoker for a rare roast!
Getting the Smoker Ready for Prime Rib
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Chips Away
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Prime Rib down on the smoke
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A crucial BBQ ingredient...must consume many!!
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First layer of smoke
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The End Result...Smoked Prime Rib!
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Taking a break!
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Up In Smoke
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Dec. 26, 2009 9:08 am
I hope it tasted as good as it looks!
Dec. 26, 2009 9:14 am
It tasted better than it looks!
Dec. 26, 2009 9:31 am
Very interesting, WW. Can you tell me if you have a favorite chip flavor. Or do you different ones for various meats? Thanks, Maggi
Dec. 26, 2009 9:32 am
My favorite chip flavor is applewood...but we used hickory chips yesterday for the prime rib with mesquite briquettes.
Dec. 26, 2009 9:45 am
Looks yummy... the prime rib and the beer. Pyramid Apricot is my all time fav!
Dec. 26, 2009 9:56 am
It's running a close second behind Alaskan Amber, tanya...a very close second!
Dec. 26, 2009 5:48 pm
I'll keep on the lookout for that one, mauigirl...thanks! The old red smoker in the pictures is retired...we bought a new BBQ today and it's a Cadillac..charcoal, still...I won't use a gas grill if you paid me to!
Dec. 26, 2009 6:40 pm
Looks and sounds wonderful! Wonderful smoked flavors! Is there a formula for 7 beers to 5 lbs, I might need that! ;)
Dec. 26, 2009 6:42 pm
7 beers, 6 pounds...I think...or 6 beers, 7 pounds...I don't know, I think I'll have another beer!!
Dec. 26, 2009 6:47 pm
LOL - cute. I'll join you! It'll be an experience figuring it out!
Dec. 26, 2009 7:04 pm
Dec. 27, 2009 5:16 am
I love reading your blog....just keep it coming...the roast looks so yummy
Dec. 27, 2009 6:22 am
Thanks, was yummy...doing roast #2 today on our shiny new BBQ and we are retiring that red smoker finally!
Dec. 27, 2009 9:48 am
hi ww! how many beers total...4 ? sounds like a 6 pack recipe to me...sounds excellent! have a great new years day!
Dec. 27, 2009 1:58 pm
Well, the one his Majesty is doing today is about 6 1/2 pounds. So I would imagine that this one would be about a 7 beer roast...really though, it depends on how fast you chug them! If I am inclined to drink beer, the first 2 or 3 go down rather quickly and then I seem to slow down after that, or the world slows down or ???? I think it's beer thirty right now...thanks gderr!!! LOL!
Dec. 28, 2009 4:07 am
Great photos! I'll have to try this!
Dec. 28, 2009 6:53 am
Yesterday's prime rib on the new BBQ turned out great, I'll post the pictures later! Thanks, Barbara! I want to know how you bake bread in your galley...that would be an accomplishment for me if I could learn how to do that!
Dec. 28, 2009 8:20 am
How I wished I had a smoker. My BIL has the Big Green Egg and I'm wishing for that smoker/grill.
Dec. 28, 2009 8:23 am
You can do the same thing on a regular of our best prime ribs was when we were camping and we bought a $10 BBQ from Walmart...that was a great prime rib!
Dec. 28, 2009 9:30 am
WW you are a hoot! Love the pics on the 12-string. I bet you were really jammin' after all the suds. hey, how did the neighbors do with all the smoke? Or were you feedin' them beers too?!! :D
Dec. 28, 2009 12:09 pm
That's the secret to throwing a really good and loud party is to invite the neighbors and feed them beers too!
Dec. 29, 2009 7:28 am
WW I hope this link works because it's so cute! If you scroll down about 2 thirds of the way to Kelly's Garden it's a camper. There's a few pics of the inside and it looks so good. Your roast looks yummy, I love your blogs!
Dec. 29, 2009 8:02 am
That is too cute...I wish I could do something like that, but I am met with opposition every time I suggest something! I think it's code for it takes too much TV time away from a particular person. Thanks, VWill...that was really cool to look at!
Jan. 5, 2010 5:19 am
Hey witcywoman...just stumbled upon your blog, I too live in an RV, 1 year on the 2nd of Jan! It is quite an adventure and you do learn a lot about having a little. I thought about doing a blog as well, but haven't gotten around to it. Best of wishes for your coming year and do kick that smoking will be amazed how much better your food will taste! ;)
Jan. 5, 2010 5:28 am
Hi again...I just noticed why you went to live in an RV!!! I too married an electrician about 3 1/2 years ago and we are from the Portland area and are now in Texas for his work. Huge change for me...left my kids and my grandbaby's in Oregon. We do plan on returning...eventually. It has been a huge adventure and an ongoing one at that. Take care!
Jan. 20, 2010 12:32 pm
Miss RV: Thanks for the enthusiasm for my "Dive Into Cooking" blog. Your book idea sounds great. Any competing books? I'm double checking. AllRecipes has the right to use any info submitted on this site without paying royalties. See the magazines where our posted info could wind up. ANYONE SEE BLOG SET UP DIRECTIONS??
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I've been married to my husband for almost 10 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state about 30 miles Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight series. First, I am a food writer. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world, a meal from every country and territory and lots of original recipes. I feature my original recipes in a monthly column for our local newspaper. I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my container garden and the community garden that I've helped get started. My garden passion is growing rare heirloom tomatoes. I admin several garden groups on Facebook. I love to create new recipes. I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety. I am a multiple prize-winning nature photographer. I am also a professional cook and work in the food industry and continue to further my education with every opportunity that comes my way.
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I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
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My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
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