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Old 09-01-2011, 04:15 AM   #1
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I (and others) have been very happy with the ribs I have been cooking. Dry rub, and 225 until done.

Been thinking about 3-2-1, and treating with a glaze the last hour.

Why change from a good thing or You never know until you try?

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Old 09-01-2011, 05:32 AM   #2
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It never hurts to experiment with a test rack of ribs next time you cook, just do your usual for all but one and do the 3-2-1 on a rack and then you can compare to see which you like better. That's how I try new things then I can do a side-by-side comparison. If I don't like the new way I still have plenty of the old way to go around.
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:37 AM   #3
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using the 3 2 1 eliminates some possible errors, and keeps the bark from getting too dark (I am a light to medium bark kinda guy). OTOH leave it in the foil to long and they overcook.
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:48 AM   #4
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3-2-1 is a guideline, not a hard and fast set of times. Based on your pit and your recipes you need to adjust each of the stages until you get it right. For me its more like 3-1.5-.75 for the temps and stuff I use.
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Old 09-01-2011, 06:35 AM   #5
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3/2/1 overcooks them for me. I have stopped using foil and cook them until they pass the bend test.
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Old 09-01-2011, 06:56 AM   #6
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More like 3-1 1/2-1 for me but the final part after removing from the foil varies. All ribs are not created equal.
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Old 09-01-2011, 06:57 AM   #7
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Depends on the rib for me. I don't do many baby backs any longer, so for spares, I like the 2-2-1 or the 2-1.5-.5 All depends on the rib talkin to ya really. I'm a perpetual peeker.
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Old 09-01-2011, 06:58 AM   #8
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3/2/1 overcooks them for me. I have stopped using foil and cook them until they pass the bend test.
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:06 AM   #9
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My first go at ribs last weekend done by strict 3-2-1 at 230 and were overcooked. Edible but not nearly as good as they should have been. Rookie mistake to not put full faith in the bend test..
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:13 AM   #10
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Even at 225, I've found that 3-2-1 ribs are a little overdone for my tastes. I've been running at 275 recently and go with 1 hour on smoke, 1 hour in foil and then out of the foil till they pass the bend test.
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:14 AM   #11
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All I can do is agree with the rest of the folks here. 3-2-1 is just too much cooking for spares. It may not be if they are not trimmed St. Louis style, I have no idea but when trimmed up nicely they basically fall apart after 2 hours in the foil.

My next cook with ribs will be 2-1.25-.5 to 1 depending on doneness.

Speaking of spares, Publix has them on sale this week 1.99/lb, and they are fresh not cryovac packed. (They probably get them in cryo and unpack them)
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:28 AM   #12
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I do a modified 3-2-1. I actually go with 4-1.25-.5 @ 235-245.

The 1 hour or so in the foil is just the right amount of time to get them tender but not overcooked.
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:29 AM   #13
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I do baby backs 1.5 - 1 - .5 @ 275.
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:33 AM   #14
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I am a TOTAL rookie when it comes to smoking. I smoked ribs for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I did the 3-2-1 and like the rest have said, they were just too done. Very good and not trashed but for sure overdone! I am trying again this weekend and I think I will do 2-1 and then wait for the bend test pass!
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:38 AM   #15
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I used this method once it worked ok, but why go through the process of removing the ribs from the smoker to rap them, then back in for an hour or two, then take them out and remove the foil, then back in for an hour. I just leave them in and save time and foil and I end up with a product everyone likes. There's something to be said about keeping it simple
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