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Baby back ribs advice 321

Egg-on-MedfordEgg-on-Medford Posts: 160
edited 6:11AM in EggHead Forum
Got 2 slabs of baby backs for tomorrow. We like them to fall off the bone, so I'm gonna try the 321 method. Already cut in half; no membrane. Gonna use a dry rub where 1st ingredient is sugar. Have 2; one is Texas Pig Rub, other from local butcher shop.

1. One website said to do 2-2-1 for baby backs. What do you think?

2. Temperature? 250 dome temp?

3. 2 hours loosely wrapped in HD Al foil. They recommend adding apple juice. Cider? Vinegar??

4. Final 1 hr. I should sauce them, right? Should they be back on the rack or on the grill?



  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    My personal opinion. You go 1 hour with a sugar based sauce, your going burn them.
    Lay flat for 20-30 minutes. What do I know?

  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,675
    Mike cooks more ribs than most of us change socks. I'd follow his advice
  • BuckdodgerBuckdodger Posts: 948
    Check this site out.
    Alex City, Al

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  • Well, that's why I asked. Before I looked up the 321 stuff, I printed my previously copied recipe from..........CWMike

    So, that recipe calls for pre-rub 4-5 hours
    Start at 275 (dome, right?), then plate setter, wood chunks, drip pan, then 215-225 dome, spritz w/ ap juice/cider vinegar every 45-60 min, rotate ribs.

    Now, get temp up to 275 after 3 1/2 hrs, check progress at 4 1/2 hrs

    Sauce, put back on bone side down for 20 min.

    Do these "fall off bone"?
  • Carwash Mike tought me how to do ribs. I've never been able to use the last "1" hour in full. I want sticky ribs, and if I let the sauce cook that long, they lose their sticky. Usually I foil for the entire 4th hour, meat side down with apple cider vinegar. Then I take them out of the foil, put them, bone side down, back on the grate for about 15 minutes of the last hour. Then I slather the sauce, and cook for not more than about 15 more minutes, so I guess my algorithm is 3-1-.5. Mine don't quite "fall off the bone". At the risk of making them mushy, maybe more time in the foil will do that for you.

    Good luck and let us know.
  • will do.
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