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Is 3 1 1 Ribs the new way?

I love ribs. 3 2 1 Ribs are amazing most of the time, but are 3 1 1 Ribs better?

Up until this point, whenever we fired up the smoker for ribs, we have used the traditional 3 2 1 Rib Method. In talking to some pitmasters, especially Chris Apple from White Bulls BBQ, they persuaded us to try something a little different — 3 1 1 Ribs.

Ok — I’ll bite. Let’s give it a shot and see if there is a big difference (other than saving an hour.)

3 1 1 Ribs

Serving Size:
5 Hours
Easy – Medium


  • Pork Spare Ribs
  • BBQ Sauce
  • BBQ Seasoning
  • Butter
  • Maple Syrup (or Honey)


  1. Prep your ribs as you would for any rib cook. Clean them up, shape up, take off excess fat and remove back membrane.
  2. Season the ribs liberally with your favorite BBQ Rub and let them sweat for 15 minutes
  3. Set up your smoker and get the temperature up to 250°
  4. Place ribs in smoker for 3 hours spritzing with water or apple cider vinegar every 30 minutes
  5. At the three hour mark remove ribs – lay face down in foil and add two-three pats of butter to the ribs along with a drizzle of maple syrup. Wrap TIGHT.
  6. Place foil wrapped ribs in smoker for one hour.
  7. When the hour is up, remove ribs from smoker, remove foil and sauce with the sauce of your choice.
  8. Place sauced ribs back in the smoker for one more hour.
  9. After the total of five hours ( 3 1 1 Ribs) is up remove, re-sauce and let rest for 30 min and serve.

Let me tell you, these ribs are delicious and cooked to exactly how I like them. I love a good tug off the bone rib, where 3 2 1 ribs tend to be a little overcooked and fall off the bone.

The one thing I was disappointed in was the fact that the bone pullback was less with the 3 1 1 Ribs method. But, aside from that these ribs are amazing and saving an hour in some situations can be huge.

Give this method a shout and let us know what you think. Cheers!

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