3-2-1 Ribs: 

The Ultimate Guide to Mouthwatering, Tender Ribs

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The 3 2 1 rib recipe method is one of the best ways to get lip-smacking, fall-off-the-bone tender ribs that will have you convinced this is the method to rule them all.

Prep Time: 10 Min

1 to 2 racks pork ribs 1/4 cup dry rub per rack 1/4 cup apple juice per rack 1 cup barbecue sauce per rack

Cook Time: 6 HRS


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Step 1

Remove the thin membrane on the back of the ribs.

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Step 2

Generously apply your choice of dry rub to both sides of the ribs. Let the ribs rest for at least 30 minutes to an hour.

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Step 3

Preheat your smoker to 225°F (107°C) and add your favorite pellets or wood chips. Place the ribs on the smoker, bone-side down, and smoke for 3 hours.

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Step 4

Remove the ribs from the smoker and wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Before sealing the foil, add 1/4 cup of apple juice to the packet. Return the wrapped ribs to the smoker or oven at 225°F (107°C) for 2 hours.

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Step 5

Unwrap the ribs and discard the foil and any remaining liquid. Apply your favorite barbecue sauce to both sides of the ribs. For a smoky finish, return the ribs to the smoker or grill at 225°F (107°C) for 1 hour.

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