3-2-3030 BBQ Ribs


  • 2 racks of pork baby back ribs
  • 5oz bottle of your favorite rub, preferably one on the sweet/smokey side
  • 12oz bottle of unfiltered apple sauce (or any natural fruit juice, our preference is apple)
  • 12oz bottle of Daddy’s BBQ Sauce
  • Pink butcher paper (thick, unbleached and unwaxed paper for wrapping meat.  Can also use foil as a substitute)

Night before BBQ:  Cut the full racks in to half to make the racks more manageable.  Using a spray bottle if available, spray the ribs with a natural juice such as unfiltered apple juice or orange juice.  Apply a healthy amount of rub all over them and ensure they are well covered by the rub, so the sugars and flavors absorb into the meat.  Cover with tinfoil and place into refrigerator.

Ensure you have ample wood pellets if using a pellet smoker.  If you are using wood chips in an electric style smoker, ensure you soak a good amount of the chips overnight.

6.5 hours before mealtime: 

            The 3 Stage

  1. Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Place ribs in the smoker and set timer for 3 hours.
  3. After roughly 2.5 hours, it is time to prep for the “2 Stage”.
    1. Fill a spray bottle with the same juice used when applying the sub.
    1. Grab tinfoil or non-bleached butcher paper
    1. Set by the smoker in reparations of the “2 Stage”

The 2 Stage

  1. Remove each ½ rack of ribs, quickly spray the ribs with juice and place into tinfoil or butcher paper and wrap up.  Place the wrapped ½ rack back into the smoker and move to next ½ rack.
  2. Close lid and set timer for 2 hours.
  3. If using a pellet smoker, check hopper to ensure there is ample pellets.  If using wood or wood chip-based smokers, ensure there is ample wood to produce smoke.
  4. After 1.5 hours, begin prepping for the “30 Stage”.
    1. Grab a trash can or bag to put used tinfoil or butcher paper in and place it by the smoker.  (Not too close so it does not catch on fire)

The First 30 Stage

  1. Remove each tinfoil wrapped ½ rack of ribs, take tinfoil or butcher paper off and place back in smoker.  (Be careful as they are now very tender and handling them to rough can make them fall apart.)
  2. Close the lid and set timer for 30 minutes
  3. Begin preparation for the final 30 Stage
    1. Heat up BBQ to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
    1. Grab a bowl full of Daddy’s BBQ Sauce with a basting brush and place it by the grill.

The Final 30 Stage

  1. After timer goes off, remove all ribs from smoker.
  2. Move to BBQ and begin to slather both sides with delicious Daddy’s BBQ Sauce
  3. Place on ribs on grill.
  4. Apply more Daddy’s BBQ Sauce to the up facing side of the ribs
  5. Turn after 5 minutes.
  6. Apply more Daddy’s BBQ Sauce to the up facing side of the ribs.
  7. Turn after 5 minutes.
  8. Continue to do steps 4 through 7 until a good caramelization of the ribs is present.
  9. Remove from grill and cut up ribs.

The Meal

  1. Serve the ribs with a fresh bottle of Daddy’s BBQ Sauce for coating the ribs as desired.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: