Smoked Pork Spare Ribs

The Ultimate 3-2-1 Smoked Pork Spare Ribs – BBQ Bliss

Get ready to become the backyard BBQ hero, because I’m sharing my foolproof recipe for the most incredible smoked pork spare ribs you’ll ever taste. We’re talking fall-off-the-bone tender, smoky, sweet, and a little spicy – the perfect balance of flavors that will have everyone begging for seconds (and thirds)!

The secret? It’s all about the 3-2-1 method, a simple smoking technique that guarantees mind-blowing results every single time. And don’t worry, even if you’re a beginner at smoking meats, I’ll guide you through every step. Before starting, be sure to make a batch of BBQ Dry Rub or use your favorite blend. Plan on a full day to get the ultimate flavor from this Smoked Pork Spare Ribs recipe!

What is the 3-2-1 Method?

The 3-2-1 method is a smoking technique where you:

  • 3: Smoke the ribs unwrapped for the first 3 hours, infusing them with gorgeous smoky flavor.
  • 2: Wrap the ribs in foil with tasty additions for 2 hours, steaming them until they’re incredibly tender.
  • 1: Unwrap the ribs, slather them with sauce, and smoke for a final hour to create a sticky, caramelized crust.

Why You’ll Love This Smoked Pork Spare Ribs Recipe

  • Beginner-friendly: If you can follow simple instructions, you can master this.
  • Customizable: My homemade BBQ dry rub provides a flavor base, but feel free to make it your own!
  • Unforgettable flavor: The balance of smoke, sweetness, and a hint of heat is addictive.
  • Crowd-pleaser: Whether it’s a backyard get-together or a weeknight meal, these ribs always impress.

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321 Smoked Pork Ribs

3-2-1 Smoked Pork Spare Ribs

Recipe by Jason Hill –
Today I’ll show you how to make smoked pork spare ribs using the 3-2-1 method. This BBQ Pork Spare Ribs recipe takes 6 hours to cook on my Green Mountain pellet grill, but you can use any kind of smoker you like. Before starting, be sure to make a batch of BBQ Dry Rub. Plan on a full day to get the ultimate flavor from this recipe!
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 3 racks pork spare ribs
  • Olive oil as needed
  • 1 batch BBQ Dry Rub or use your favorite rub
  • 8 oz. jalapeno pepper jelly or jam
  • 1 stick butter cut into tablespoon size pieces
  • 1/2 cup Sugar in the raw as needed to coat ribs
  • 1/2 cup apple juice (or pineapple juice or bourbon)

Dry Rub

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt


Make Dry Rub

  • Mix ingredients together for dry rub and set aside in a container.

Make the Ribs

  • Apply olive oil and dry rub to three racks of pork spare ribs.
  • Smoke ribs at 220 F on the pellet grill for 3 hours, flesh side up.
  • Remove ribs from the smoker and wrap them in foil, pouring over a healthy dollop of jalapeno pepper jelly, a few dabs of butter, a sprinkling of sugar in the raw and 1/2 cup apple juice.
  • Wrap them well and put them back on the smoker for another 2 hours to steam.
  • After 2 hours, remove the foil, pour the marinade over the top, and add another healthy dose of dry rub.
  • Put back into the smoker for another hour.
  • Enjoy!
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Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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