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3-2-1 Baby Back Ribs

Difficulty 2/5
Prep time 15 mins

Cook time 6 hrs
Serves 6-8

Hardwood Hickory

Our famously easy 3-2-1 ribs recipe will make your rib game the envy of the neighborhood. This super simple recipe takes all the confusion out of making ribs without sacrificing any flavor. Start by smoking your ribs for 3 hours, then cook inside foil for 2 hours and finish by removing from foil and brushing on sauce for up to an hour.


2 racks Baby Back Pork Ribs

1/3 cup Yellow Mustard

1/2 cup, divided Apple Juice

1Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar

1 cup Traeger 'Que Sauce


If your butcher has not already done so, remove the thin silverskin membrane from the bone-side of the ribs by working the tip of a butter knife or a screwdriver underneath the membrane over a middle bone. Use paper towels to get a firm grip, then tear the membrane off.

In a small bowl, combine the mustard, 1/4 cup of apple juice (reserve the rest), and the Worcestershire sauce. Spread the mixture thinly on both sides of the ribs and season with Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger according to grill instructions. Set the temperature to the Smoke setting, and preheat, lid closed for 10-15 minutes.

Smoke the ribs, meat-side up for 3 hours.

Transfer the ribs to a rimmed baking sheet and increase the grill temperature to 225 degrees F.

Tear off four long sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Top with a rack of ribs abd pull up the sides to keep the liquid enclosed.

Sprinkle half the brown sugar on the rack, then top with half the honey and half of the remaining apple juice. Use a bit more apple juice if you want more tender ribs.

Lay another piece of foil on top and tightly crimp the edges so there is no leakage. Repeat with the remaining rack of ribs.

Return the foiled ribs to the grill and cook for an additional two hours.

Carefully remove the foil from the ribs and brush the ribs on both sides with Traeger 'Que Sauce. Discard the foil.

Arrange the ribs directly on the grill grate and continue to grill until the sauce tightens, 30 minutes to 60 minutes more.

Let the ribs rest for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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Fort Collins
  • Colorado
So good. . .
I followed the recipe to a ‘T’ except for the sauce (used Sweet Baby Ray’s original). So incredibly good.
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Sioux City
  • Iowa
Perfect Ribs
This was my first attempt at ribs. I followed the recipe to the letter. I used Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce. The ribs were moist and tender. They were excellent! This will be my “go to” rib recipe! Thanks Traeger!
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Overland Park
  • Kansas
They're a Winner
This is my go to for ribs. I have made a few changes that has worked for me. I like to spray the ribs every 45 min to an hour with apple juice as they smoke for the first 3 hours. I found that heating the honey up a bit in the microwave makes it easier to brush on. Also, I put the honey on first, then the brown sugar...makes it easier to give you an even layer! I thought the 2 hours in the foil was a little long so shorten that to 90 min. Finish up with Sweet Baby Rays for 30-60 minutes, checking the temp. Can make these ahead of time as well. Finish them up, put them in a cooler surrounded by newspapers (in case of leaks) and top with some towels. They'll stay warm for a few hours. A winner every time!
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