Ribs: Multiple racks using 3-2-1 method?

  • Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.
SMF is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.


Fire Starter
Original poster
Apr 10, 2007
Great White North
I've got an MES smoker and will be doing 8 racks of baby backs this weekend. To make 'em fit, I'll be cutting each rack in half. I've done the 3-2-1 method before, but only with two racks maximum. Should I be making adjustments to the 3-2-1?
Baby backs are more of a 2-2-1 method. From my experience, cutting them in half doesn't make any difference on the time cooked/smoked. Remember, this method is a guideline to go by and times may/will vary.
The fuller the smoke the longer it takes, but with ribs you probably won't see much difference once it come up to temps again.
I smoked 6 racks of BB ribs using 2-2-1 and didn't see an increase in cooking time despite a full smoker.

As long as you have air circulating around you should be fine.
SmokingMeatForums.com is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

Latest posts

Hot Threads