Fellow smokers, I decided to do some ribs today and since spare ribs were on sale at the butcher, I picked up two racks to do. I have always done baby backs before so this was my first try with spare ribs. I trimmed them up as St. Louis ribs, rubbed them the day before, brought them to room temp, and smoked them this afternoon. I had good temperature (maybe a little high at points, 270 but generally around 250ish) and TBS for the whole first 3 hours of the 3-2-1 method. All the smoking went good and the last hour I applied some of my favorite BBQ sauce to them. Well the consistency was really good and they were cooked to perfection. So what's the problem you ask? They just didn't do it for me. They seemed really fatty and didn't have as much flavor as I thought they should have had. I didn't taste too much of the smoke flavor even though I used hickory and a little mesquite which are supposed to be stronger flavored woods. It almost seemed like they didn't absorb much of the smoke flavor which i thought was odd. Maybe I've gotten used the flavor and leanness of pulled pork so the ribs don't do it for me anymore? Anyone else ever have this happen? For what it's worth, the wife liked them so it wasn't a total loss.