Dad’s 3-2-1 Smoked Ribs

Dad’s 3-2-1 Smoked Ribs

By now you can probably tell I like ribs. Anything pork really. It all started with my Dad’s rib recipe I posted here, then I refined that a little bit by combining his method with a little smoke from a Weber, now more recently I combined my Dad’s rib recipe with the classic 3–2–1 smoked rib method to make: Dad’s 3-2-1 Smoked Ribs.

The classic 3–2–1 recipe is all over the internets. Basically you smoke the ribs for 3 hours, then wrap them in foil and liquid for 2 hours, then take them out of foil and put back in the smoker for 1 hour with sauce.

My recipe is different however because it combines my Dad’s oven method with this classic 3–2–1 method. The main difference is that I replace the 2 hour section of the recipe where you wrap the ribs in foil and liquid in the smoker and instead I put the ribs in Pyrex dishes with water, butter and honey and cover with foil for 2 hours. Now this can really be done in the smoker but in my testing I’ve found this oven method gives more consistent results. I’ve really abandoned all my other recipes for ribs and strictly make 3 racks every time like this.

Follow along and let me know how they turn out.

Pork Ribs (I prefer baby back, but you do you)
Your favorite BBQ sauce (this is mine)
Smoking chips (I just keep it simple with hickory)

2T kosher salt
2T paprika
4t granulated garlic
4t chili powder
2t black pepper
1t cumin

I start my smoker and set it to 225° and give it time to start smoking. While the smoke is starting I prepare my ribs. I mix my rub and set that aside, then I remove the membrane on the back of the ribs. If you don’t know how to do that, check out this post and it shows exactly how to remove the membrane. After you have the membrane removed, coat the front and back of ribs with a ton of rub (don’t worry it’s delicious). Then put the ribs in the smoker for 3 hours at 225°. Keep feeding the smoker to really get the smoke flavor into the meat during this first 3 hours.

After 3 hours, remove the ribs from the smoker and set your oven to 300°. Then place the ribs in some Pyrex dishes and fill about half with water. Melt some butter and pour over the ribs, squeeze some honey over the ribs and use a brush like this to coat the butter and honey evenly over the ribs. Then cover the dish with foil and put in the over for 2 hours at 300°.

After 2 hours, take the ribs out of the oven and coat them in your favorite bbq sauce. Bring them back out to the smoker and keep them in there for 1 final hour. Now it doesn’t really matter if you have smoke going at this time since most of the smoke flavor penetrated the meat and made the main smoke meat flavor during that first 3 hours. But it’s up to you if you want to smoke this last hour. I typically do just cause I like the smell of the smoke while I’m outside haha.

After the last hour they should be ready to go! Pull them out and try not to eat all of them – or eat all of them – who cares. Enjoy!

Dad’s 3-2-1 Smoked Ribs
Get the rub mixed together

Dad’s 3-2-1 Smoked Ribs
Coat the ribs with the rub (don’t forget to remove the membrane)

Dad’s 3-2-1 Smoked RibsLoad the ribs in the smoker for the first 3 hours at 225°

Dad’s 3-2-1 Smoked RibsPull the ribs out after 3 hours

Dad’s 3-2-1 Smoked RibsLoad the ribs in the Pyrex dishes with the honey, butter and water and throw in the oven covered with foil for 2 hours at 300°

Pull them out of the oven and coat them with your favorite BBQ sauce

Load them back in the smoker for one more hour

Pull them out, slice em up and enjoy!

Dad’s Ribs

Dad's Ribs

My dad makes the best ribs. Whenever we have family gatherings at my parents house or at the river, I always hint at my dad to make his ribs. Over the years I’ve kept asking him for the recipe and it always was very hard to get the whole thing out of him until I finally sat him down and said, “Dad, I NEED your rib recipe, what are the exact ingredients and how do you make them?!”

This recipe will never fail to yield fall off the bone ribs. Everyone who tries his ribs always want to know how to make them, and they’re always surprised to hear how easy they are to make. Now, I will be able to point them to this post!

Use a butter knife to remove the membrane
Use a butter knife to remove the membrane

Then get your hand under the membrane to remove
Then get your hand under the membrane to remove

Once you're under the membrane, it should pull away fairly easily
Once you’re under the membrane, it should pull away fairly easily

Ribs before the oven
Ribs before the oven

Ribs after the oven
Ribs after the oven

Ribs on the grill
Ribs on the grill

Ribs off the grill ready to eat!
Ribs off the grill ready to eat!

Dad's Ribs
  1. 1 Rack Pork Ribs (I prefer St. Louis)
  2. Dry Rub of your choice (My dad always uses Montreal steak seasoning)
  3. BBQ Sauce of choice (I like Bone Suckin’ Sauce)
  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Remove the back membrane of the ribs with a butter knife. You MUST do this step or else the ribs will all stick together and not fall off the bone. You’ll most likely need to cut down the rack of ribs into smaller sections to fit in a glass dish or roasting pan.
  3. Apply the dry rub to both sides of the ribs. Place ribs in glass dish/roasting pan and line the bottom with around a half inch of water. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 2.5 hours.
  4. After 2.5 hours take the ribs out of the oven and apply some BBQ sauce to both sides of the ribs with a basting brush. Raise the temperature to 350 degrees then return the ribs to the oven and cook them uncovered for another 30 min.
  5. After they’re done in the oven turn the BBQ to high and throw them on the BBQ just enough to char. Apply more BBQ sauce to taste while on the BBQ. Char to taste then enjoy all the ribs you can eat (or until they’re gone)!
  1. This recipe never fails.
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