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An Alternative to the 3-2-1 Method for Grilling Ribs

Ribs cooked for 90 minutes, then foiled in Reynolds Wrap for 60 more and finished off with 30 minutes out of the foil on the grill, or, as I call it, an alternative to the 3-2-1 method for grilling ribs
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Barbecue


  • Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil


  • 2 slab St. Louis style spare ribs
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • your favorite BBQ rub plus extra
  • 12 tsp salted butter divided into pats
  • ½ cup honey divided 3 ways
  • ½ cup brown sugar divided 3 ways


  • Remove the membrane off the bone side of the ribs and then salt and pepper that side before dusting with the rub
  • Flip over to meat side up and repeat the seasoning process
  • Prepare the grill for two zone or indirect grilling with a target temp of 250-275f
  • Place the ribs bone side down the grill and close the lid
  • After 90 minutes lay down two long sheets of Reynolds Wrap and line up 4 pats of butter a couple inches apart
  • Drizzle a third of the honey over the butter as well as a third of the brown sugar
  • Dust with some more BBQ rub
  • Place the ribs meat side down and repeat the butter/honey/brown sugar/rub process on the bone side of the ribs
  • Place the second slab meat side down on top of the first slab and place the remaining butter/honey/brown sugar/rub on the bone side of the second slab before wrapping the two slabs up in the foil
  • Place the foiled slabs on the grill for about an hour
  • Remove the foiled slabs from the grill and remove the slabs from the foil
  • Place the ribs back on the grill and close the lid for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the slabs from the grill and place on a platter or cutting board
  • Slice and serve