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3-2-1 Ribs Method

3-2-1 Ribs, the easiest fool-proof way to make fantastic fall off the bone ribs using the 321 method! With so many ways to prepare ribs, it can be a little challenging to find the best method. 
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 People


  • Smoker / Grill


  • 1 Rack Beef Ribs
  • Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 3 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper Optional
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground Mustard
  • 2 Cups Apple Juice
  • 1 ½ Cup BBQ Sauce


  • Clean and wash the ribs thoroughly. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients together with the exception of the apple juice and BBQ sauce.
    step 1 to make smoked ribs
  • Bring the smoker to temperature in accordance with the manufacture's manual between 225 to 250 degrees for 3 hours.
    step 2 to make 321 ribs
  • Then remove the ribs from the smoker, place it in a double layered aluminum foil (more if needed). Pour the apple juice over the ribs. Cover tightly. Then smoke / cook for 2 hour between 225 - 250 degrees.
    Step 3 to make 321 ribs