Easy 3 2 1 Smoked Ribs

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If you have a smoker, you know how tasty they can up the flavor to your meat. These easy 3 2 1 smoked ribs are basically foolproof! You really just need 4 things to make these ribs.

First think you have to have for these easy 3 2 1 smoked ribs is a smoker. My husband just got a Traeger pellet smoker for his 50th birthday and this is the first thing we made. My son and his wife found an amazing deal on a used one that had only been used a few times. They guy selling in an Facebook said it was getting rid of it because it took to long to cook meat on it. I must admit we all had a good laugh over that one, but we were more than happy to take it off his hands.

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Next you will need wood or pellets depending on the type of smoker you have. There are all kinds of types available. I am unsure of exactly what we used for sure. Our smoker came with a bucket of pellets but it didn’t say what they were. I’m pretty sure it was hickory. It was very strong. I loved on these ribs. My husband thought it was a bit too strong for his tastes. So feel free to use what wood you like. However, here is some general information about the different types.

  • Apple – use for chicken, pork, or vegetables
  • Cherry – use for beef, chicken, or pork
  • Hickory – use for beef, chicken, pork, or vegetables
  • Mesquite – use for beef, chicken, or fish
  • Pecan – use for beef, chicken, pork, or vegetables
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Then, you need some pork baby back ribs. All you need is a package of the seasoned baby back ribs you can get from Costco meat department. No need for seasoning because Costco already does it for you. The Costco package includes 2 racks of ribs. However, if you don’t have access to Costco, just season the ribs with a good barbecue seasoning mix.

Last thing you will need is some bbq sauce. I use good old Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce, which you can also pick up at Costco. At least, all the Costco locations I know carry it. Then at this point, you cook them on the smoker for 3 hours. Next, you cover them with foil and smoke for 2 hours. Last thing is to remove them from the foil, bast with sauce, and cook them for 30 minutes to 1 more hour. Just be sure to not over cook them. You are just getting the sauce to caramelize on the ribs. They are so delicious. This is how my daughter-in-laws Dad makes his ribs on the smoker. My son always asks for them on his birthday because he loves them that much. I must say I agree with my son.

Here is what you need to make the
Easy 3 2 1 Smoked Ribs

  • seasoned pork baby back ribs from Costco
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce

Easy 3 2 1 Smoked Ribs

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Barbecue
Servings 6 servings
Calories 294 kcal


  • 2 racks of seasoned pork baby back ribs from Costco
  • 1 cup Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce


  • Preheat smoker with your choice of wood or pellets to 180 degrees.
  • Place the ribs meat side up on the smoker, close and smoke for 3 hours.
  • Remove the ribs from the smoker to a rimmed baking sheet. Turn the temperature on the smoker now to 225 degrees. Wrap each rack of ribs in heavy duty aluminum foil. Once the smoker has reached 225 degrees, place the ribs back on the smoker. Close and smoke for 2 hours.
  • Remove ribs from the smoker and then remove from the foil. We use some heat resistant grill gloves we purchased on Amazon to do this.  Brush both sides of the ribs with the bbq sauce. Place directly back on the smoker. Close the lid and smoke for 30-60 minutes until the sauce tightens on the ribs. Be careful not to overcook.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
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This recipe is from my daughter-in-laws father Brad.

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