I am borrowing my brothers Traeger to cook 2 rib roasts. I need detailed instructions. My brother will tell me something very general and leave me anxious. I am doing one of the roasts for the group that likes a medium to medium rare--but my other guests like it rare. This time of yr rib roasts are $4 or less per lb. Help!
Hi Anastasia. I'm just across the river from you in St. Helens.
It's kind of hard to give specific instructions. It depends upon the size of the Prime Rib and your preferences, but I can give some general tips.
1. The Traeger is easy to use, but given the expense of those roasts, I'd do a "trial run" a couple of days before with a less expensive cut, just to become familiar with the Traeger itself, loading the pellets, etc. It will cook more quickly (think convection and you're close).
2. Have a good thermometer. We use an instant-read now, but we have used programmable thermometers also.
3. What we do with a prime rib is pretty simple. It's good to do this the night before so the flavors infuse the meat. I cut slits in the outer surface in stuff in good-sized slivers of peeled garlic. (Obviously, you have to like garlic. Otherwise skip it.) Then I mix sea salt and fresh ground pepper. I rub the prime rib with olive oil, the salt and pepper for a seasoning paste.
For a small prime rib (4 pounds) we do a high-heat roast (500 degrees) bone-side down for about 20 minutes. Then we turn down to smoke for about 75 minutes. Then we finish at 375 degrees until the roast reaches about 130 degrees. We let it rest about 20 minutes, at which point it should be about 136 degrees. But this is for us. We like our beef rare.
You could obviously skip the smoke and just do a conventional roast as you would in the oven. Cooking time, as I mentioned, is a bit faster.
The Traeger site is very helpful. In fact, I'm sure if you call with questions, they'll have the answers for anything you can't figure out.
Here are their instructions for Prime Rib with a salt crust. Don't use Morton's Kosher if you use this recipe. Use Diamond Crystal, which is pure salt. Speaking just for myself, I do NOT like Traeger's seasoning rubs. Way too loaded with salt and preservatives for me.