Hey guys, my name is Eric and I just finished my first attempt at smoking two full racks of ribs from a sow I took with my bow. Anyway, I used my new vertical H2O smoker I bought from Home Depot for 40 bucks. I put water and half a bottle of Dales in the drip pan along with some peppers and such. For my fire I used a combination of charcol and hickory. I also put some hickory chips wrapped in foil for the extra smoke. The ribs were on the smoker for about 3 1/2 hours and had very good taste but a very rubber like texture to them. They by no means pulled apart like the best ribs I ever had on Beale St in Memphis, TN. Anyway, I'll be cruising around hoping to pick up some tips and learn what I did wrong. I love cooking on the grill, and have always wanted to start smoking some meat. I have my new smoker picked out, but I want to learn the trade before buying it.