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BBQ 3-2-1 St. Louis Ribs




Ribs don't get much easier or tastier with our top Pitmaster's take on the 3-2-1 method. These juicy ribs will win over your heart and your stomach. They're rubbed with our signature Pork and Poultry seasoning and smoked for three hours, then wrapped with brown sugar and honey for two, and finally given perfect colour with a little Traeger BBQ glaze in the final hour.


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  • 2 Rack St. Louis-style ribs

  • Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub

  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar, divided

  • 1/3 Cup honey, divided

  • 1 Cup Traeger BBQ Sauce

  • Traeger BBQ Sauce

  • 1

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 180℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavour, use Super Smoke, if available.

    180 ˚F

  • 2

    If your butcher has not done so already, remove the thin silverskin membrane from the bone-side of the ribs by working the tip of a butter knife underneath the membrane over a middle bone. Use paper towels to get a firm grip, then tear the membrane off.

    • 2 Rack St. Louis-style ribs

  • 3

    Season both sides of the ribs generously with Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub.

    • As Needed Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub

  • 4

    Insert the probe into the center of a rack of ribs, avoiding the bones. Place the ribs directly on the grill grates, meat-side up. Close the lid and smoke for 3 hours.
  • 5

    Transfer the ribs to a rimmed baking sheet and increase the Traeger temperature to 225℉. Preheat the grill with the lid closed.

    225 ˚F

  • 6

    Tear off 4 long sheets of heavy-duty aluminium foil. Place a rack of ribs on top of the foil. Sprinkle half the brown sugar over the ribs and drizzle with half of the honey. Wrap tightly to create a leak-proof pouch, and repeat with the remaining rack of ribs.

    • 1/2 Cup brown sugar, divided

    • 1/3 Cup honey, divided

  • 7

    Return the wrapped ribs to the grill, meat-side down. Re-insert the probe. Close the lid and cook for 2 hours.

    • 1 Cup Traeger BBQ Sauce

  • 8

    Carefully unwrap the ribs (watch out for hot steam), and brush on both sides with Traeger BBQ sauce. Discard the foil. Place the ribs directly on the grill grates, bone-side down, and re-insert the probe. Grill until the sauce tightens, 30-60 minutes.

    • Traeger BBQ Sauce

  • 9

    Remove the ribs from the grill and let rest for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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