Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cedar-Planked Rib Roast on the Grill

Welcome to Foodie Friday.

We celebrated our co-host's 29th birthday this week by cooking his favorite dish.

Grilled Cedar Planked Rib Roast

One 4 1/2 lb beef rib roast (prime rib...if necessary, have your butcher prepare one)
sea salt and ground pepper to taste
dry mustard (1 tablespoon or so)
chili powder (as desired)
grill thermometer
meat thermometer
cedar planks (soaked in water; drained)
Rosemary (optional)
Start the grill.
Let the rib roast "rest" for about 30 minutes. Prepare the rub (salt, pepper,
dry mustard, chili powder). Rub onto the roast.
When the temperature of the grill reaches 400 degrees F., add cedar planks onto the metal rack and let them heat for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until they begin to smoke. Place meat, bone-side down, onto the planks. Close the grill's lid. If you're using rosemary or other herbs, add them to the planks.

Check the roast periodically--and use your thermometer to make sure the heat doesn't exceed 450 degrees. This is basically smoked prime rib.
1 bag of instant charcoal was enough to cook the roast for almost 2 hours, but since all grills are different, you might want to use a charcoal starter (available at Lowes/Home Depot) and keep some bricks simmering, or purchase an extra bag of instant charcoal. You don't want to run out of charcoal.
If you do, pop your roast into the oven, and finish cooking. Remove the cedar planks.

Cook roast for 1 hour and 45 minutes (up to 2 hours).
Remove meat and  planks from grill. Wrap the meat in foil and let it rest for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. The internal temp should be 135 degrees F.
Remove foil. Slice meat to desired thickness. Garnish with Italian parsley.

The flavor is unlike any prime rib we've ever cooked: subtle, with the barest hint of smoke.
Each bite had a clean, delicate fresh taste, which we attribute to the cedar planks.

A 4 1/2 pound roast serves 3 to 4 people.

We kept a charcoal starter nearby.

 As you can see, the topside had a lovely layer of fat.

I also made a salad with a Dijon vinaigrette, and I also tried my hand at Hasselback Potatoes.

You can read about them HERE.  With the leftovers, I made hashbrowns, which were even better than the Hassle-Ridden Hasselbacks.

Birthdays at Rattlebridge end with chocolate and lots of icing.

I bought a small buttercream layer cake at Publix.

Foodie Friday "Picks of the Week"

Bandwidth thought the breakfast pizza at My Snippets of Inspiration was totally neat. "This dish stands alone. If I made this pizza for a crowd, I would add biscuits and a fruit bowl."

Sweet Kat's Kitchen baked a Key Lime Pound Cake that caught Bandy's attention. "It looks
good, and the styling/composition is great. I would pair this dessert with grilled key lime shrimp for a fresh summer meal."

Fresh peach cupcakes were on the menu at Southern Blue Celebrations. "A character in
one of my mom's books loves peaches," Bandy said. "I can't pass up these cupcakes. Peaches
are a sentimental fave at our house. I'd pair these cupcakes with peach-glazed pork roast, spinach salad with a peach-pecan vinaigrette, and fluffy biscuits."

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Thanks so much for visiting us today. Bandwidth and I are inspired by your recipes--and by you. Food blogging is more difficult than any kind because of the sheer work that goes on behind the scenes--planning, shopping, prep work, cooking, taking photographs, culling those photos, and cleaning. We admire what you do and how well you do it.
We hope to see you again soon! Have a great, food-filled weekend.

Mlee and Bandy


  1. The rib roast looks fantastic, I'd love to see that coming off my grill soon! Happy B-Day BW:@)

  2. Thanks, Michael! Have a wonderful week!

  3. Looks like a wonderful birthday celebration.

  4. Good evening all,
    Your features are awesome,really delicious. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day Michael Lee and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

  5. Thanks for hosting another great party. I love the rib roast. Looks wonderful. Have a great weekend!

  6. Happy Birthday Bandy! The Hassle-Ridden Hasselbacks look divine! Off for a taste :) Thanks for hosting!

  7. Beautiful party setting. I'm new to blogging & posting. My pictures look nothing like yours but I'll learn!

  8. The roast looks mouth watering! What a great meal... have a great weekend!

  9. Happy Birthday to Bandy! Grilled prime rib sounds fabulous!

  10. Thanks for hosting! Hope you have a great weekend!

  11. Michael, thank you so much for featuring my key lime pound cake. I am so glad that Bandy likes it. Your key lime shrimp would be wonderful with it. I am participating in this Friday's too. Thanks so much for hosting.

  12. I think I'm going to need to pick up a few cedar planks. Yummo!

  13. I'm with Bandy on the peachy menu, I can't wait for those fresh Georgia peaches!

  14. Happy Birthday to Bandy! The roast looks wonderful and so do the potatoes. I have made hasselback potatoes, but only once. I think mine just had butter and herbs in between and I used a wooden spoon under them for slicing. They are a pain! We like twice baked!! Thanks for hosting and happy Foodie Friday.

  15. Glad to be joining your party. Thank you for hosting! BTW - the pics of the roast made my mouth water. :)

  16. Thanks so much for featuring my Breakfast Pizza this week! So encouraging! Thanks so much for hosting the party as well! have a great night!

  17. Wow that rib roast looks fantastic! Happy Birthday to Bandwidth. Thanks for hosting again. Have a great weekend

  18. Thank you for hosting and letting me join in. Happy Birthday to Bandwith. Birthday dinner looks delicious.

  19. Wow! This is a terrific birthday dinner. Everything looks so delicious.

  20. Happy birthday to your son! I love cooking on the cedar plank :)
    Thank you for hosting, guys!

  21. That roast looks fabulous! What a perfect Birthday for Bandwith!! Thanks for hosting another super successful party! You guys are awesome!

    Have a great weekend!
    Jen @

  22. That piece of beef looks delicious Michael Lee. Thanks so much for hosting and Happy Mother's Day from Australia. We also celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday as well.

    Anne xx

  23. Happy Birthday to Bandwidth! That cedar planked rib roast has my mouth watering! I've never made Hassleback potatoes...yours look fantastic, even if they were a hassle to make :) This week I've shared a Lemon & Ginger cake recipe that makes cake, or cupcakes or mini bundts. Thank you, as always, for hosting! Have a great weekend :)

  24. Happy birthday Bandy. You certainly know how to celebrate with a gorgeous rib roast and gourmet potatoes. Thank you both for hosting. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day Michael Lee.

  25. Happy Birthday Bandwith. Fine looking dinner you had... hope you had a great one. Mom, happy mother's day!

  26. What a wonderful meal from start to finish! I love the grilled recipe and just realized while reading this that I need a specific pinterest board just for grilling. I don't have that yet.
    I also want to try those potatoes.

    I haven't joined Foodie Friday in quite a while. It's more than great to be here. It's downright appetizing.

  27. Happy Birthday Bandwith! You birthday dinner looks fabulous!!! Thanks for hosting... now I'm off to visit and find other great recipes!

  28. Michael, your photos are really beautiful! It takes a good photographer to make brown meat look great!
    I shared another cookie recipe this week- Chocolate Espresso Snowballs. These cookies are not too sweet and they have lots of pecans in them. This recipe is gluten free, but it can be made with "normal" flour if you don't have and issue with gluten.

    Thanks for hosting and Happy Birthday to Bandy!


  29. holy wow that roast looks incredible! happy birthday to him!

  30. "Hassle-Ridden Hasselbacks" LOL I feel the same way about them, ML...not worth the hassle.

    ♫♫ Happy Birthday to you, Bandwith! ♫♫

    GORGEOUS photos of a delicious sounding celebration.
    May you have many more!

  31. Happy 29th Bandwidth, I hope your upcoming year is fabulous! Your Cedar Planked Rib Roast looks divine (as does the entire meal!)
    Thank you both for hosting us so graciously.

  32. um um um, i can taste that birthday bash! the meat must have been wonderful.. must try that soon! more wonderful pics to tantalize my buds... heavy sigh to the almond joy bar i am having for lunch :-(

  33. Happy Birthday Bandy!
    I will take take a serving of each - please. :D
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Looks like y'all will soon get the rain that came thru here and more on the way - I feel water logged.

  34. Happy Birthday Bandwidth and Many More!!!! you got my mouth watering with that roast!
    Michael thank you for hosting the party and have an Awesome Mother's Day! Many Blessings!

  35. Thanks for hosting this great party~ Happy Mother's Day and Happy 29th to Bandwidth~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  36. Happy Birthday, Bandwith! I'm late to the party, but I have been out of town.

    I need to fix you up with my niece who is a chef in NOLA. We'd have to do something with her boyfriend first, but that could be arranged. LOL Just kidding. Or not. ;-)



  37. Love it! Thanks for recipe :)