These smoked ribs are so delicious using the 3 2 1 ribs method. They literally fall off the bone after being smoked on an electric pellet grill. Smoking ribs doesn’t get easier than this which is perfect for beginners. If you just got a Traeger or are new to smoking meat start with these delicious ribs first! They are prepared with a dry rub, then placed on the smoke, brushed with BBQ sauce and then enjoyed by you!
Did you open your Christmas presents and find a big beautiful Traeger smoker under the tree? You lucky dog! Then obviously you’ve been a very good girl or boy this year!!! 🎅 🎄 🤶
Now it’s time to get busy and make some AMAZING smoked ribs, am I right? Then you will absolutely LOVE this method of cooking ribs. It’s called the 3 2 1 rib method.
It’s starts with our homemade Dry Rub for Ribs that we absolutely love!
What is the 3 2 1 rib method?
This is a fool-proof method to cook the most tender, perfectly cooked smoked ribs! It’s a simple method – the first 3 hours smoking, then 2 hours smoking wrapped in foil with amazing juice and seasoning. The final hour you’ll baste with an amazing sauce.
Foolproof and simple every time!
My parents even said they beat any restaurants ribs when we had them over to taste test! I think we spoiled them for life from eating ribs when they are dining out!
Smoking ribs is definitely the way to go! These lip-smacking tender pork ribs are the type that don’t need napkins.
We’re talking just bring the roll of paper towels to the table! When you and your family finish this meal you’ll have barbecue sauce on your fingers to the tip of your nose. AND everyone will have a big smile because they will be filled with happy bellies!
I love ribs…. can you tell? Mmmmm!!!!
How to Smoked Ribs
I’ll admit that I was a bit nervous about smoking ribs the first time we tried them because I had heard they were hard to make.
No worries, my friends, with this method for smoking your ribs you will have tender, juicy ribs every single time.
It’s the perfect method if you are nervous like I was!
Are fall off the bone ribs overcooked?
Technically yes! You really want to be able to chew the meat off the bones. Not completely fall apart. But hey, I’ve made plenty of ribs that fall apart and I’ve never heard anyone complain!
Just saying! 😉
Check out the picture below. Here’s an important step to make tender ribs. Before you season the ribs, take a few minutes and pull the silver skin off the back of the ribs. Yes, it’s an extra step and it takes a little effort, but you’ll be really glad you did!
Grocery list for Smoked Ribs
- Pork ribs
- Yellow mustard
- Dry rub for ribs
- Bbq sauce
- Apple juice
- Brown sugar
- Plastic wrap
- Tin foil
- Applewood chips
Essential tools for this recipe – spray bottle to spritz the ribs.
How Long to Smoke Ribs
My husband is the one that gets to get up at the crack of dawn if we want these for the game at noon, but he never seems to complain.
Apparently the early wake up call is totally worth the end result!
How long do ribs take to smoke?
This method takes 6 hours to smoke the ribs. Slow and steady is definitely the way to go here!
How do you cook ribs in a smoker?
- Spread yellow mustard over the ribs. Next, sprinkle and coat dry rub over the ribs covering completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
- Prepare your smoker to 225 F degrees. We use apple wood chips when making these ribs.
- Remove the plastic wrap. Place ribs, bone side down, on a preheated smoker and smoke for 3 hours.
- Mix together 1/2 c. apple juice and 1/2 c. water in a spray bottle. Spritz ribs with mixture every half hour.
- After 3 hours remove ribs from the smoker.
- Lay tinfoil out on the counter (enough to wrap ribs in) and lay the ribs on the foil. Mix 1/2 c. bbq sauce and 1/2 c. apple juice together. Pour it over the ribs and seal the foil so nothing leaks out. Place ribs back in the smoker. Smoke for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours remove the ribs from the smoker. Remove the foil.
- Mix together BBQ sauce, honey and brown sugar for the finishing sauce in a mixing bowl. Coat ribs with finishing sauce and place back on the smoker for 1 hour.
- Remove from smoker and brush with sauce again before serving
3 2 1 Ribs
See? This is what I was talking about! Lip-smacking delicious ribs that are perfectly cooked every time! Whether you’re an old pro with your smoker or this is your BEST Christmas present ever, definitely give this recipe a try!
Here are more of my favorite smoker recipes!
- Smoked Prime Rib
- Smoked Cider Brined Pulled Pork
- Mini Smoked Meatloaf
- Smoked Brisket
- Honey Garlic Smoked Ribs
My favorite smoker side dishes!
My favorite smoker desserts!
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Smoked Ribs Recipe
- 2 racks ribs
- 4 Tbsp yellow mustard
- 1 batch dry rub for ribs
- 1/2 c. bbq sauce divided
- 1 c. apple juice divided
- 2 c. bbq sauce
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar
- spray bottle
- Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs be sliding a dinner knife under the membrane and over the bone. Left and loosen the membrane until it tears. Grab the edge of the membrane with a paper towel and pull it off. It might come off in one big piece of you will have to remove it in smaller pieces. This is ESSENTIAL so make sure you take it off.
- Prepare your favorite rub in a small bowl.
- Spread yellow mustard evenly over the ribs covering completely. Next, spread the dry rub over the ribs covering completely. Wrap in saran wrap so they are completely covered. Place in fridge to rest a minimum of 2 hours, but we do it overnight for best results!
- Prepare your smoker according to manufacture's directions to a heat of 225 F degrees. We use apple wood chips when making these ribs.
- Once the smoker is preheated to 225 degrees F place ribs, bone side down, on the smoker and let smoke for 3 hours at 225 degrees F.
- Mix together 1/2 c. apple juice and 1/2 c. water in a spray bottle and spritz ribs with mixture every half hour.
- After 3 hours remove ribs from smoker but leave smoke on at same temperature.
- Lay tinfoil out on counter (enough to wrap ribs in) and lay the ribs on the foil. Mix 1/2 c. bbq sauce and 1/2 c. apple juice together in small bowl. Pour it carefully over the ribs and seal up the foil so nothing leaks out. Place ribs back in the smoker at 225 degrees F for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours has passed remove the ribs from the smoker. Remove the ribs from foil. Mix together BBQ sauce, honey and brown sugar for the finishing sauce in a mixing bowl. Coat ribs with finishing sauce and place back on the smoker for 1 hour.
- Remove from smoker and brush with sauce again and serve!