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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I had a brain fart and cant seem to remember what the 3-2-1 method is for doing ribs. also I keep seeing other variations of this like 2-2-1 or 4-1 and so on, what are these?
post #2 of 8
We all have them from time to time, lol.

The 3-2-1 means, 3 hrs smoke, 2 hours foil, 1 hr unfoiled to put it simply. The others are just variations on that.
post #3 of 8
I just answered in another post that the 3-2-1 isn't always perfect. A lot of times, the meat just falls off the bone. If that's the way you like it, by all means use that formula. Otherwise, adjust accordingly.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
ok so you unfoil and but back in the smoker for 1 more hour? sounds funny cause after I foil by butts they go from smoker to the cooler to rest still in the foil. but hey if it works then good.
post #5 of 8
Lenny if spares I usually put them in and when I get 1/4-1/2" pullback I foil thats usually 2-2.5 hours then I spritz them well and into foil for about 1.5 hours then unfoil and back into the smoker till they stiffen a bit usually about 30-45 minutes
post #6 of 8
That last hour, or whatever time variation you choose, is to "set" the bark which has become quite soft from it braising time in the hot moist environment of the foil. It can also be adjusted to allow more cooking time if needed. I don't find I need more than 30 min. Bark usually isn't always something as desired on a butt, especially if it is going to be pulled.
post #7 of 8
Looks like you've got it all figured out but here's the link from the main page. It's how I do them most of the time. And with good results

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
thanks everyone I am know the rib mastericon_wink.gif
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