The 3-2-1 method for ribs seems to be very popular in competition circles. It’s a barbecue trick that has really caught on.
- Smoke ribs for 3 hours naked (the ribs naked… but you can be naked too if you want)
- Wrap the ribs in foil and return to grill for 2 hours (add a bit of liquid maybe brown sugar)
- Unwrap and put the ribs back on for 1 hour to firm up the crust or “bark”
That’s it. It’s a simple road map but worth noting that “your mileage may vary” depending on the exact heat of the cooker (base numbers assume holding a stable 225 degrees F) and the size of your ribs. Practice with your key smoker to get it like clockwork.
I put the method to music. Give it a look… 2 minutes to brand 3-2-1 into your brain.