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Smoking Ribs 3-2-1 Method

3-2-1 competition style baby back ribs that will be fall of the bone tender!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Course: dinner, How to, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Latin, Latin Fusion, Mexican, Mexican American
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Servings: 8 people


  • Smoker


To start the ribs (step 1)

  • 2 racks baby back ribs each rack cut in half
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 8 tbs Spanglish Asadero all-purpose seasoning Or your preferred all-purpose seasoning

Spray mix

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple juice

For step 2

  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce pick your favorite
  • 1/2 cup apple juice

Finishing sauce for step 3

  • 1 cup BBQ sauce pick your favorite
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp all-purpose Spanglish Asadero or your preferred all-purpose seasoning


  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs. That is a light film that covers the rib bones. It is very important you take it off to ensure overall tenderness.
  • Spread yellow mustard all over the ribs including the back of the bones.
  • Sprinkle all-purpose seasoning all over top of the ribs, evenly. Make sure you have no big clumps.
  • If you are going to pre-seasoned the ribs, wrap the ribs in saran wrap and then foil. Place in fridge for 4 hours minimum or overnight.
  • If smoking right away, preheat smoker to 225º degrees and place the ribs bone side down into the smoker.
  • If you prepared and refrigerated your ribs, remove ribs from saran wrap and foil.
    Place ribs bone side down in the center of the smoker.
  • Time for 3 hours.
  • In a spray bottle, mix ½ cup water and ½ cup apple juice. You will be spraying the ribs with this mixture every 30 minutes for the first 3 hours.
  • After the first 3 hours, lay a large size aluminum foil on your counter. Enough to wrap the ribs.
  • Remove the ribs from the smoker and maintain the smoker temperature at 225º degrees.
  • Lay the ribs on the aluminum foil.
  • In a bowl, mix ½ cup BBQ sauce and ½ cup apple juice and pour over the ribs. Make sure the liquid doesn’t spill out of the foil and onto the counter.
  • Wrap ribs well making sure there are no leaks.
  • Place in the smoker for 2 hours.
  • After the 2 hours, remove the ribs from the smoker and open the foil wrap. Maintain the smoker at 225º degrees.
  • Prepare the finishing sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Coat ribs generously with the finishing sauce.
  • Place ribs (without the foil) back in the smoker for 1 more hour.
  • Remove the ribs from the smoker and brush with more sauce and enjoy!