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3-2-1 too much?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by Tatdave, May 7, 2018.

  1. Tatdave

    Tatdave Newbie

    Granted, I usually make baby backs so that could be the issue, but it seems that going with a 3-2-1 give me ribs that are fall off the bone cooked--a bit over cooked.

    Until I get my new Lang 36" which will hopefully will arrive in a few weeks, I'm cooking on my WSM 18". I generally hold between 220-240. (I use my Thermo Pro to monitor temps at the grate level.) Even then, I've typically pulled a few minutes before each step so it's more like--2:45, 1:45, 45. Even doing this, it seems like I'm over cooking a bit.

    So, is it the baby backs or should I just move to a 2:30, 1:30, 45 and be happy with it?

    BTW, they taste great. My rub and sauce get great reviews. I just want a bit more bite from the ribs.

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  2. uncle eddie

    uncle eddie Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just smoke mine until they hit temperature (202F to 205F)...rarely ever wrap them (except to hurry them up)...never pull the membrane...and never use water in the water pan. There are many that do the same on this forum as well.

    I agree that 3:2:1 overcooks ribs...baby backs, St. Louis Style, etc. I think they start to taste blanched a bit IMO.
  3. weedeater

    weedeater Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    For the babybacks I do 2-2-1. After the two hours wrapped they are fall off the bone tender and the last hour helps to firm them up a little.

    I understand some folks don’t like fall off the bone but this is what works for my family.

    Nothing wrong with doing a different way. Do what works for you and your family.

  4. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm in a bit of a quandary myself.
    I like the 3,2,1, Method. And I like Fall offa da bone tenderness, smokyness, and dem clean bones....
    But the rest of the tribe doesn't. They say, Don't mess with the ribs!
    So I haveta do them their way on the grill, and do them my way when I'm alone.
    If you want to continue doing ribs in the sm00ker, you can find the way you prefer.
    But I bet when your new Lang rolls in, you forget all about 3,2,1 ribs.
  5. bregent

    bregent Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    The main reason I don't wrap is because it just makes it harder to tell when the ribs are done. I run at 275F unwrapped and BB's take about 3 hours and STL's 3.5
  6. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    3-2-1 is meant for 225*. If your smoker is running a little higher then cut back on the foiled portion of the process. Maybe 3-1.5-1. Bite through temp should be in the 195* range.

  7. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

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  8. Hntrss

    Hntrss Newbie

    Since trying Al’s method I have not foiled a rib, and never will again. Try the link he posted and the ribs will have the perfect amount of “pull” every time. They will make everyone happy!
  9. phatbac

    phatbac Master of the Pit

    For babies i like to do 250-275 range 2:15-:45-:25 and for st louis i like 3-:45-:25 and i get really tender bite through just about FOTB. If i want FOTB i go another 20-30 minutes on the wrap stage.

    Happy Smoking,
    phatbac (Aaron)
  10. sauced

    sauced Master of the Pit

    Oh yes....I rarely foil or wrap anything. Only happens if time is a problem.
  11. Tatdave

    Tatdave Newbie

    Thanks for all the replies. Really, the only reason I foil is it seems like a great way to justify soaking the ribs in sugar, honey and butter! I do use a method similar to the one above. I apply rub about an hour before, smoke dry (no spritzing and no water in the water pan), then foil with a bit of apple juice, brown sugar, honey and butter. After pulling the foil, I sauce them and start the last hour. I sauce again about half way through and up the heat a bit.

    I think I'll try 2.5, 1.5, 1 and some spares next run.
  12. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You'll get what you like Dave.
    Just takes a little time and trying. ;)
  13. is 3-2-1 smoke wrap rest?
  14. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    smoke, wrap, finish on the smoker and to set the sauce.

    Last edited: May 18, 2018
  15. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    3 hours of smoking. 225° heat.
    Remove the ribs and place on foil for wrapping, sauce the ribs, and wrap.
    2 more hours in the sm00ker oven with the 225° heat.
    Remove the ribs, unwrap so the ribs are exposed to the heat.
    1 more hour of 225° heat.

    3, 2, 1 ribs. Delicious! (To me.)
    I pre-heat my smoker. During the preheating, my AMNPS tray is also in there to drive out any moisture in the pellets.
    For me, the MES seemed to hold a tighter band on the 225° setting.
    Anyway, I love my ribs fallin off the bones tender. But not everybody does.
    My write up.

    The 6 hour wait is torture.
  16. I've always done 3 smoke 2 wrap and let rest doesn't fall off bone but comes off clean when you bite into them always very tender
  17. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    And, an hour less of the tummy grumbling. ;)
    I recon I could do the home fries and green beans during the 2 hour spell.
    I've got a feeling there's some ribs in the near future here....

    I have two racks in the freezer haunting me. :D