I had a slab of baby back ribs cut in half, and decided to have Jon perform a taste test between rubbed vs. non-rubbed ribs. The rubbed ribs had Jeff's rub applied, the other half slab was naked. Smoke details: 100% cherry wood used to generate smoke 100% cherry juice used as spritz every hour internal smoke temp - 250-275 smoke time = 4 hours 30 min (it sat at 275 too long reducing the smoke time) Culprits On the smoker - rubbed in back, naked in front 1/4 way through smoke - naked spritzed with 100% cherry juice 1/2 way through smoke Prior to pulling off smoker - naked in front Prior to pulling off smoker - rubbed Sliced I've learned that the placement of ribs is critical in the Lang. The past couple times they've been placed near the heat box, they've cooked too fast and too hot, resulting in less tender ribs. Lesson learned is to cook them on the other side of the smoker, opposite the smoke box. Result of taste test: Jon thought the naked ones were better. He's not a huge fan of rubs in the first place.