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It’s as easy as 3-2-1: 3 hours on smoke with Kansas City Southern BBQ Rub, 2 hours in foil, one hour finished with BBQ sauce. The 3-2-1 method is a tried-and-true technique used by competition BBQ teams around the country, and these ribs are a real crowd pleaser!

3-2-1 Ribs with Kansas City Southern

Print Friendly and PDF   Prep Time: 5 min   Cook Time: 6 hours   Yields: 3 racks of ribs



  1. Start your smoker using your choice of chips or pellets.  Remove the silverskin from the underside of the ribs.  Season both sides liberally with Kansas City Southern BBQ Rub.

  2. Place ribs in smoker.  Smoke for 3 hours.

  3. Remove ribs from smoker, and preheat grill or oven to 225°F.  Brush ribs with honey.  Wrap them tightly in foil, adding 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the packet before sealing.

  4. Bake in oven or grill for 2 hours.

  5. Remove ribs from foil.  Brush with your favorite BBQ sauce, and return to oven or grill and bake for one more hour at 225°F.

  6. Remove ribs from grill.  Cover with foil and let rest for 10 minutes.

  7. Serve and enjoy!

Featured Seasoning: Kansas City Southern BBQ Rub

Why it works: The kosher salt in Kansas City Southern BBQ Rub acts as a tenderizer for the ribs, and brown sugar adds just a hint of sweetness. Smoked paprika, fenugreek, white pepper, and ground mustard round out the complex flavors for your ribs, perfectly complimenting the smoke from apple or pecan wood.

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