Smoked Rib Recipe For Pellet Grill

Our renowned 3-2-1 ribs recipe will make your rib game the talk of the neighborhood. This incredibly straightforward recipe eliminates all the complexity of making ribs without sacrificing flavor by smoking your ribs for three hours, cooking them in foil for two hours, and then removing them from the foil and brushing on sauce for up to an hour.

Smoked Ribs For Beginners | 321 Ribs On A Pellet Grill

Easy No Fail Pellet Smoker Ribs 🔗

I found a super easy way to get the ribs juicy, smoky, and with a delicious bark thanks to my own BBQ rib rub recipe.  This smoking method works with any kind of ribs you have.  I used pork spare ribs but this will work for baby back ribs as well.

Prep: 10min

Total: 370min


  • 2 racks Baby Back or Spare Ribs
  • BBQ Rib Rub


  1. While you are prepping the ribs, start preheating your pellet smoker at 225F.   It is important to follow the instructions and start-up procedure of your brand of pellet smoker.
  2. Ribs usually come with a thin layer of tough skin on the underside of the rack.  This is called the silver skin and it needs to be removed so the seasonings can penetrate the meat.  See the video in the post above for insutructions on how to best remove.
  3. Lay the ribs on a sheet tray and add about 2-3 tablespoons of rib rub per side.  You don't want to completely coat them…leave some meat peaking through.
  4. Once the smoker is pre-heated, you can put the rack (or 2 racks) directly on the grates and let them smoke.  Leave them alone for at least 4 hours.  The less you open the grill, the shorter your cook time will be.  You do want to keep an eye on the smoker temperature and make sure it stays where you set it.
  5. A rack of baby back ribs will take 4 to 5 hours to cook and spare ribs will take 6 to 7 hours.
  6. Towards the end of the cook time, pick up the ribs with tongs and if the bark breaks and the ribs almost split in half, they are done. If not, keep on smoking.
  7. Add BBQ sauce (optional): When the ribs are ready to come off of the smoker (they passed the bend test), you can coat them with a thin layer of your favorite BBQ sauce.  Leave them on the smoker at 225F for 30 more minutes so the sauce can caramelize.


How long does it take to smoke ribs on a pellet grill?

The ribs should be put on the pellet grill once it reaches 225°F and cooked there for three hours, unwrapped.

How long do you smoke ribs at 225 on a pellet grill?

It is possible to smoke ribs in a variety of ways, but the simplest method is to do so at 225 degrees Fahrenheit, which produces meat that is rich, flavorful, and tender. Smoking baby back ribs at 225 degrees Fahrenheit takes about 5 to 6 hours.

What temperature do you smoke ribs on a pellet grill?

How to Make Pellet Grill RibsSmoke: Set the smoker to the “smoke” setting to preheat (the temperature will be between 160 and 170 degrees Fahrenheit). Increase the Temperature: Set the temperature to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Glaze: After an hour of smoking at 275 degrees, add our glaze.

What is the 3 2 1 rule for smoking ribs?

In essence, making 3 2 1 ribs involves smoking the ribs for 3 hours on the pellet grill, wrapping them in foil for 2 hours while they continue to cook on the grill, and then cooking them for 1 hour while unwrapped and doused in barbecue sauce.

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