How to Make 3-2-1 Ribs | SCHEELS Traeger Recipe

3-2-1 Rib Recipe

It’s hard to beat smoked ribs on the Traeger! SCHEELS Expert James uses the 3-2-1 method to grill up the perfect rib. Start with 3 hours smoking, followed by 2 hours covered in butcher paper and finish by 1 hour of the ribs covered in sauce. This recipe makes grilling ribs simple but will have people fired-up and coming back for more! 

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This fool proof 3-2-1 recipe for smoking ribs will leave you with tender and flawless ribs every time. Fire up your Traeger and let’s get smoking! The 3-2-1 method involves: 

3. Smoke for 3 hours: Start by smoking your seasoned ribs for 3 hours over low heat with heavy smoke. Try out our SCHEELS Outfitters Pork & Poultry Pellets for our signature blend of hickory, oak, maple and cherry wood that pairs perfectly with pork!  

2. Wrap for 2 hours. After the 3 hour smoke, take your ribs off the grill, wrap in butcher paper and throw the ribs back on the grill for 2 hours. Butcher paper allows the meat to still breathe while it’s cooking, whereas tin foil will be more like a steamed cook. 

1. Sauce and smoke for 1 hour. Unwrap your ribs, apply a little bit of Kosmos Cherry Apple Habanero Rib Glaze and smoke for the final hour.

After the longest hour ever, it’s finally time to enjoy your ribs!!




  1. Prepare your smoker at a temperature of 225°. Wood pellets can vary for this recipe.
  2. Use a butter knife and paper towel to remove the membrane on the back of the rib.
  3. Season your ribs with Kosmos Dirty Bird rub.
  4. Place on the grill rib side down for 3 hours.
  5. After 3 hours, remove the ribs from the grill and double wrap in butcher paper and then back on the grill for 2 more hours again, rib side down.
  6. After 2 hours, pull the paper off and hit the ribs with Kosmos Rib Glaze making sure to coat the whole rib.
  7. After 1 hour, check the ribs to see if the meat has pulled off the bone about ½ - ¾ of an inch. You can also check for an internal temperature of around 197°.

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