smoking ribs

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Original poster
Mar 5, 2006
For smoking pork ribs, what do you guys mean by 321? Can someone elaborate on this and explain it to me? I've just smoked the ribs in my electric smoker, now do I finish them off in the oven?
CA- The 3-2-1 Method is one of our most asked about topics. This is addressed in several topics in the Pork Thread.

The 3-2-1 Method is as follows-
3 hours in the smoker
2 hours in the smoker wrapped in aluminum foil
1 hour in the smoker unwrapped

For more infor on this method, type 3-2-1 in the search box on the lower left side of the page.
CA, Earl's correct, there is tons of great info in other threads, but I'll take a moment to mention a couple of notes here. 3-2-1 applies to spare ribs, baby backs are closer to 2-2(maybe 1 1/2)-1. With either method, the first # is variable by quite a bit based on pit temp and the age/fat content of the ribs. The 3 period is over when the meat begins to pull away from the ends of the bones by 1/4"- 3/8". I always spray generously when wrapping (I use apple juice or better yet juicy juice brand apple juice concentrate).
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