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3 2 1 Rib Method Recipe The Secret to the Best BBQ Ribs

Fool proof 3-2-1 ribs recipe for fall off the bone tender ribs. The 3 2 1 rib method is based on smoking, wrapping, and saucing. The best ribs ever!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Grill
Keyword 3 2 1 ribs recipe, 3-2-1 ribs, 321 ribs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 1 rack ribs
Author Amy Greene


BBQ Rib Dry Rub:

  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Seasoning Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup of CK Mondavi Chardonnay Wine
  • 1/2 Cup Bar B Que Sauce


  1. First of all I do not know how to cook over an open flame. I leave that to my husband. He loves it and he has perfected it, so I leave that up to him. I can bake a great cake and he leaves that up to me!
  2. Prepare the ribs with the dry rub ingredients listed above. Use this rub to coat both sides of the ribs. Create a fire in the pit. The temperature should be at 225 for the entire cooking time. Cook the ribs on the BBQ pit for 3 hours. This is part one of the 3 2 1 ribs method.
  3. Place a layer of foil down. This is the secret to great tasting ribs. Take out the ribs out and pour a 1/2 cup CK Mondavi chardonnay wine on top of the ribs. Wrap the ribs in foil. This steams the ribs for the next two hours, part two of the 3 2 1 ribs. The wine acts as a meat tenderizer for the ribs and adds a great flavor.
  4. For the final hour smother the smoked ribs in BBQ sauce and wrap the ribs back up in the foil. Finally the last of the 3 2 1 ribs method. I like a sweet tasting ribs.