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Rack of ribs and several individual ribs on butcher paper with coleslaw, potato salad, beans, and onions.

Tender Smoked 3-2-1 ribs

Tender, juicy, and packed full of flavor, these smoked 3-2-1 ribs are easy to make and turn out delicious every single time.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Type Smoked Meat
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours
Servings 7 Servings
Calories 1380kcal
Author Will
Cost 35



  • 3 racks pork baby back or spare ribs


  • ½ cup mustard yellow

Dry Rub Mixture

  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon kosher salt coarse
  • 2 tablespoon black pepper freshly cracked
  • 1 ½ tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

Liquid for 2hr wrap

  • 2 ¼ cup apple juice
  • ¾ cup honey

BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup bbq sauce Your favorite


  • Wash and dry ribs with fresh water
  • Remove the membrane by sliding a dull knife under membrane on the underside of ribs and pulling off while holding membrane with paper towel for easy grip.
  • Smother ribs in mustard so the dry rub will stay on ribs better.
  • Season both sides of the ribs liberally with dry rub and pre-heat smoker to 225-250°F. (225°F for baby back ribs & 250°F for spare ribs)
  • Place ribs meat side up on smoker grates or rib rack and smoke for 3 hours.
  • After 3 hours, remove ribs and place each rack meat side down in it's own individual aluminum foil. Add ¾ cup apple juice and ¼ cup honey to each rack of ribs and return to smoker for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours, remove ribs from aluminum foil and place on smoker rack meat side up. Brush liberally with your favorite BBQ sauce and smoke a final hour.
  • Once finished, allow to rest for 10 minutes and cut in between each rib bone for individual rib pieces. Serve!


  • Smoke baby back ribs at 225°F & spare ribs at 250°F due to their increased meat and fat content.
  • Pull the membrane off the ribs, they're better without it
  • Don't be afraid to pull the ribs off early. If they are finished and you like the feel and look, pull them off and eat em'.
  • Try a different BBQ sauce on different racks. Experiment!


Calories: 1380kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 93g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 34g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 312mg | Sodium: 2955mg | Potassium: 1265mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 1192IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 5mg