3-2-1 Ribs

3-2-1 Ribs


15 Min


6 Hrs



Getting those perfectly smoked ribs does not need to be hard. There is an easy 3-2-1 method to smoking ribs that anyone can follow for perfect results. 3 hours of smoking, 2 hours wrapped, 1 hour out of the wrap back on the smoker.


3 racks baby back or spare ribs

Camp Chef Kickin' BBQ Rub

Coarse salt

1/2 cup apple juice

1 1/2 Tablespoon mustard

1 1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup

Ingredients for Homemade Glaze

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup mustard

1/2 cup maple syrup

3 Tablespoons vinegar

1 teaspoon pepper

3 Tablespoons hot sauce (optional)



Step 1

Prepare the ribs by rinsing and patting dry with a paper towel.

Step 2

Score the membrane (a.k.a. silver skin) on the concave side of the ribs

Step 3

Peel it off with a paper towel for extra grip.

Step 4

Salt ribs and let dry brine for an hour (if desired)

Step 5

In a spray bottle, mix apple juice, mustard and maple syrup.

Step 6

In a medium sized bowl, mix all the ingredients for the glaze together and set aside.


Step 1

Preheat pellet grill or smoker to 225° F or Hi Smoke.

Step 2

After the ribs have brined for an hour, spritz them using the mixture in the spray bottle.

Step 3

Completely cover ribs with rub and put in smoker for about 3 hours.

Step 4

After 3 hours, spread glaze over the ribs and cover them in aluminum foil and continue smoking for another 2 hours.

Step 5

Finally, remove the foil and cook for 1 hour, spreading more glaze over the top.


The baby back ribs are ready when you can pick them up with tongs, give them a slight bounce and see a large crack on the surface of the meat. If this doesn't happen, you will need to give them more time.