standing rib roast

Standing Rib Roast

Standing Rib Roast

If you’re looking for something special to serve at your next holiday gathering, this recipe is for you. It’s my version of a Standing Rib Roast, and you know I’m firing up the smoker to prepare it!

Standing Rib Roast is simply a section of a whole bone-in ribeye; you can typically find them at any grocery store or butcher shop, just ask the person behind the counter.

Standing Rib Roast

For this recipe I bought a 4 bone rib roast and I had the butcher to “French” the bones. All that means is the ends of the bones are exposed a couple inches to make it look fancy.

There’s not a lot of prep for this recipe; once you get the rib roast home, trim any excess fat off the top (usually there’s a little fat cap to remove) and truss the roast with butcher twine between each bone to help hold it in shape during cooking.

Go ahead and fire up your smoker (I’m using my Gateway Drum for this cook but any smoker will do the job). Set it up for indirect cooking running at 275⁰. When the temperature stabilizes add a couple chunks of pecan wood to the coals for smoke.

standing rib roast

For the seasoning I like to create a nice bark on the outside of the meat using a good dose of salt, pepper and herbs. I use a combo (2 Tablespoons each) of my AP Rub and Steak Rub to create a coarseness to the bark. But you can use any quality All Purpose rub and a corse Steak Seasoning here.

For the herbs I finely chop Rosemary, Thyme, and Sage about 1 heaping Tablespoon of each along with 6 cloves of garlic. Combine all of these ingredients in a small bowl.

Drizzle the outside of the rib roast with olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning mixture all over the outer surface. You can season the roast a couple hours ahead of time if you like.

Standing Rib Roast

Once the smoker is up to temperature, place the rib roast on the pit and insert a probe thermometer into the center for monitoring internal temperature. Set the alarm for 125⁰ and let the roast smoke.

Standing Rib Roast

When the alarm goes off, verify the internal temperature with a hand held thermometer – I’m using my Thermapen Mk4 – and remove the Rib Roast from the pit. Loosely cover it with aluminum foil and just let it hang out for 20 minutes before carving.

standing rib roast

To serve, use a carving knife and make a cut along the top of the rib bones to remove them.

standing rib roast

Lay the roast cut side down on the cutting board and slice into desired thickness. You can serve it with Au Jus or a spicy Horseradish Sauce just don’t overcook this piece of meat; it’s best rare to medium rare and will melt in your mouth!

Standing Rib Roast

Standing Rib Roast


  • 4 Bone Rib Roast
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Killer Hogs AP Rub
  • 2 Tablespoons Killer Hogs Steak Rub
  • 1 Tablespoon Rosemary finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Sage finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Thyme finely chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic minced


  1. Prepare smoker for indirect cooking at 275⁰; add a couple chunks of seasoned pecan wood to
  2. the hot coals for smoke flavor.
  3. French the ends of the rib roast by trimming away 1 ½-2” of meat between each bone (you can
  4. ask your butcher to do this as well). Truss the roast with butcher twine.
  5. In a small bowl combine the AP Rub, Steak Rub, rosemary, sage, thyme, and garlic.
  6. Coat the outside of the rib roast with olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning mixture on the outside.
  7. Place the rib roast bone side down on the smoker and cook until internal temperature reaches
  8. 125 degrees. Use a probe thermometer to monitor internal temperature.
  9. Remove the roast from the smoker and loosely cover with aluminum foil for at least 20 minutes.
  10. To serve: carve the bones away from the rib roast and place it cut side down on the cutting
  11. board. Slice the roast into desired slices and serve.

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  1. Malcom
    I watched one of your videos where you do a few briskets for gifts my question is after you package and freeze them what is the best way to warm them back up to eat with out drying the meat up?
    Thank you for your great videos I have really enjoyed everyone that I have tried. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and new years
    God bless

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  2. Malcom,

    Great video on the standing rib roast! I want to try this and I have a Big Green Egg. Should I smoke it with or without the plate setter/heat deflector? I do want that crisp bark on the outside. Looked like you had no deflection in the drum you used but I’m sure it works different than the BGE.

    Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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      I would use the heat deflector in the BGE – you want indirect heat for the rib roast. The fire is far enough away in the drum that your cooking indirect without a deflector.

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