Grill-Roasted Whole Boneless Bison Prime Rib

Grill-Roasted Whole Boneless Bison Prime Rib
Staff Writer
Bison Prime Rib
The Bison Council

Bison Prime Rib

For a healthy red meat alternative to turkey, carve up a boneless bison prime rib. 


  • 1 whole boneless bison rib-eye roast, about 4 pounds
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Season bison liberally with salt and pepper on all sides. Light 1/2 chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, spread evenly over 1 side of coal grate. Alternatively, set one set of burners on a gas grill to medium-low heat. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.

Place bison over cooler side of grill with fat cap facing up. Cover, leaving all vents half open, with the lid vents positioned over the meat. Cook, turning and rotating occasionally, until bison registers 115 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 2 hours. If using a coal grill, add 12 coals on top of the old coals 1 hour into cooking.

Transfer bison to a large cutting board. If using coal, add ½ chimney of fresh coal to embers and allow them to ignite without covering. If using gas, set 2 sets of burners to highest heat, cover, and allow grill to preheat for 10 minutes.

Return bison to hot side of grill and cook, turning occasionally, until well browned on all sides, about 8 minutes total. Internal temperature should have risen to about 125 to 130 degrees (medium-rare). Let bison rest 5 minutes, carve, and serve.

Grill Shopping Tip

Think twice before buying a thicker piece of meat; a 2-inch thick steak takes four times (not twice) as long as 1-inch thick steak to cook.

Grill Cooking Tip

If you're cooking something that's been marinated, make sure to pat the item dry before it hits the grill. Any sugar in the marinade will burn.