Suggestions on wood to use for Prime Rib . . .

Discussion in 'Beef' started by papoose, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. papoose

    papoose Newbie

    Ran a search and didn't find what I was looking for.  I'm gonna attempt to do a prime rib tomorrow for the first time and I need suggestions on what flavours of wood to use.  I've seen it mentioned a couple of times that folks like to use pecan and cherry.  Well, that's all well and good but the winter-time selections around these parts are pretty slim.  There is a remote possibility that I might be able to find cherry but I've never even seen pecan for sale around here.

    Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance.
  2. I like the taste of either oak or red oak on beef.  If you can find that it is a pretty sure bet that you will have some awesome flavor from it.

    Just my .02 cents
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sounds like anything you can get will have to do...Oak gives a Dad's backyard BBQ taste...Apple and/or Cherry is mild and tasty on beef...Hickory is good on anything IMO...I like the Bite of Mesquite on Beef but the Mrs. despises it , so I never get to use it...JJ
  4. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I use local wood for smoking.

    Mainly pecan...some oak on occaision.

    Most of the time I cant tell whats been used for smoking.

    Don't sweat the small stuff..get some local wood and have fun.

  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I'm a hickory man myself. Use it on just about everything.
  6. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well I am a Pecan on beef kinda guy.  Beef is hardy so it calls for a more hardy wood traditionally like Hickory, Pecan, oak.  Mesquite, ect.  I have used apple a lighter wood on beef and felt it was fine so do not let your heart be troubled by the choice.  Lighter wood selection just smoke unfoiled longer it would seem. 
  7. Color me crazy but after smoking a prime with apple wood, its my go to wood for it. I also like to mix pecan and apple on beef.
  8. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As you can see, it is pretty much a matter of personal preference.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I use chips most of the time so I like the fruit woods like apple, cherry, or even orange is all good.
  10. Hickory here but any wood above would work fine...myself i love the smell of hickory smoke and the taste of it on most of my smokes.
  11. hemi

    hemi Smoking Fanatic

    I use black walnut a lot because I got a bunch of it.  I think it is a lot like oak but a bit more mellow.    I only let prime rib stay in the smoke for an hour or so

    then I foil..   It gets a bit strong for us if I let it be ''naked'' the whole time.   I make gunstocks on a duplicator so I got a bunch of 'mistakes' to take care of.

      No chemicals yet so burn for heat or cook wid it..   Of course I LOVE apple..

  12. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good luck  with the Prime Rib

    Hope it all works out for ya.
  13. owlcreeksmoker4

    owlcreeksmoker4 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I am a pecan wood man through and through. it leaves a hint of sweet with a good smoke flavor
  14. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am a hickory go to guy but last time I did prime rib I tried the Jack Daniels whiskey barrel chips, it knocked that prime rib out of the park!
  15. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Prime Rib in itself is pretty overpowering, i would take it with any of the woods mentioned above. My personal fav though is cherry...
  16. I'm planning on doing a prime rib for Christmas, I'm thinking hickory and mesquite, but I may throw some apple into the mix. Or I may just do hickory. Either way, it'll be good!
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hi Josh,

    This is an old thread, but I would recommend the Hickory, but not the Mesquite.

    Here's 2 of my favorites:

    Smoked Prime Rib (My Best Ever)     

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