Hello all, I tried to tackle my first ribs ever on Father's day with six racks of ribs. They turned out okay but not super great. The meat didn't seem as tender and juicy as I would have liked. It was as though it was under cooked? But, at the same time, some of the ribs cooked out of the meat all together leaving me with ribs that were falling apart but still sort of tough at the same time? The only thing I can think of is that I didn't give them as much time as I planned to come up to room temperature? Could that have been it? Seems like such a simple thing to have such an affect on the overall product? Sorry there aren't more pics. I didn't even think of that until after everyone had gone and I was cleaning up. I guess a pretty amateur mistake but the chicken quarters I did on the grill, the beans, and the ABT's were all finishing together plus I was trying to be some sort of a host all at the same time. My biggest lesson from this smoke was how important time management is. Any way, here are the pics and I appreciate any feedback on what you think affected the quality of my ribs. (The good news is... they still tasted GREAT! --- Jeff's dry rub is awesome!) I bought a case pack of spares at Sam's. There were 9 racks for right at $62. So, I still have three racks in the freezer to try to perfect my technique before I have to buy more. It took me two hours to trim six racks of spares down to baby backs and pull off the membrane. Wow... I hope I get faster at that! It may be worth paying the extra bucks to just buy BB's in the store. But... then again, you wouldn't get all the trimmings if you did that. I guess I'll just work at getting faster. Here's one of the racks trimmed. I bought a rib rack that I love. Since my smoker is pretty small I was looking at only being able to smoke four racks of ribs but this rib rack really helped! It came from Home Depot and was about $10. If you don't have one, I highly recommend it. It was easy to put together, take a part, clean and it seemed plenty sturdy enough. Sorry there isn't more pics. I'll try and do better with that next time too.