Baby Back Ribs 2-2-1 method

May 20, 2024


Baby Back Ribs 2-2-1 method

Ribs are always amazing and baby backs are my favorite! Here is how I make them on my pellet grill but you can make them on your smoker or even in the oven with the same instructions!
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Servings: 1 rack


  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • BBQ Rub
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • 5 tbsp butter


  • Set pellet smoker to 225 degrees.
  • Remove membrane from back of ribs. I find it easiest to turn a spoon upside down, run it between a bone and the membrane, then peel it off with a paper towel.
  • Sprinkle rub evenly on both sides of ribs making sure to also hit sides.
  • Place on pellet grill for 2 hrs at 225 degrees.
  • On a piece of aluminum foil add brown sugar, honey, and butter. Place ribs face down and wrap tightly.
  • Place back on smoker for 2 hrs.
  • Carefully open up foil(steam will release) and turn ribs right side up.
  • Sprinkle on additional rub and cook for 30 more min at 225 degrees.
  • After 30 min brush on bbq sauce and smoke additional 30 min.
  • At this point ribs should be in the 205 degree range. If not, continue to cook same way until they reach temp. You can brush on more bbq sauce if desired.
  • Cut individually and enjoy!



I prefer 2-2-1 method bc 3-2-1 usually means ribs are falling off the bones.  Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy them that way as well.   But,  if you want juicy and a little firmer bite you will enjoy this method.  I cooked 3 racks on this video above and one was slightly larger than the other 2.  It did take an additional 30 min to reach 205 but were just as delicious...

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  1. Sherry Tyree

    5 stars
    Thank you!!!


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