I have been smoking now for about a month. The first thing I smoked was a brisket and it was excellent. Then I thought I'd try a pork butt, and it was the best. So I figured I had this smoking thing figured out because after researching on this site it seems that the ribs are pretty easy as long as you follow the 3-2-1 method. I followed the 3-2-1 to the "T", kept the temp fairly consistant at 225 (a few jumps to 250). The ribs never drew back on the bone as I thought they would. The meat was not tender at all, not even close to falling off of the bone which is what my goal was. I was just overall dissapointed with the smoke...and I do not know what the problem may have been. And to top it all off, this time we invited company. The first two smokes I did not invite any company because I was not sure how it would turn out. I guess I will stick with the Pork Butt for now on...or maybe try babybacks? Part of the problem was none of the fat cooked down and the meat was rubbery. Would babybacks be any different? Oh well I will try them again I am sure....but as for when....it may be a while before I have the desire to attempt ribs again.