3-2-1 BBQ Baby Back Ribs

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2 2/3 Rack baby back pork ribs

1/2 Cup yellow mustard

2/3 Cup apple juice, divided

1 1/3 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

To Taste Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub, or rub of your choice

2/3 Cup dark brown sugar

1/2 Cup honey, warmed

1 1/3 Cup BBQ Sauce


If your butcher has not already done so, remove the thin silverskin membrane from the bone-side of the ribs by working the tip of a butter knife or a screwdriver underneath the membrane over a middle bone. Use paper towels to get a firm grip, then tear the membrane off.

In a small bowl, combine the mustard, 1/4 cup of apple juice (reserve the rest) and the Worcestershire sauce. Spread the mixture thinly on both sides of the ribs and season with Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub or rub of your choice.

When ready to cook, set Smoker Grill temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. Smoke the ribs, meat-side up for 3 hours.

After the ribs have smoked for 3 hours, transfer them to a rimmed baking sheet and increase the grill temperature to 225℉.

Tear off four long sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Top with a rack of ribs and pull up the sides to keep the liquid enclosed. Sprinkle half the brown sugar on the rack, then top with half the honey and half the remaining apple juice. Use a bit more apple juice if you want more tender ribs. Lay another piece of foil on top and tightly crimp the edges so there is no leakage. Repeat with the remaining rack of ribs.

Return the foiled ribs to the grill and cook for an additional 2 hours.

Carefully remove the foil from the ribs and brush the ribs on both sides with BBQ sauce. Discard the foil. Arrange the ribs directly on the grill grate and continue to grill until the sauce tightens, 30 to 60 minutes more.

Let the ribs rest for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

  • TOTAL PREP TIME6 hours