Hello, New to the site and fairly new to smoking but a master at drinking beer. Reside in Southern Ohio love and enjoy outdoor cooking of all types frying, grilling and smoking. Charbroiler offset smoker (bought at Lowes) Weber 18.5'' Brinkman water smoker Charbroiler Gas Grill Mr. Turkey Deep Fryer (Outdoor) I do have a problem though and would love to get some input on it. I have smoked BB Ribs on my Water and Offset smokers. I usually smoke for about 4-6 hours at around 220 -according to thermometer that came with smokers. They come off the smoker when the skin has receded from the bones about 1/4 ". My problem is that no matter what type of rub I use (less or no sugar) my bark gets burnt, they look black as opposed to nice brick Red with a little dark brown. I mop every 45 with an apple cider vinegar, oil, onion and jalepano liquid but it still seems that before they get done they get burnt. I know that I could use foil to solve this but would really like to get the desired effect without foil. Sorry for such a long question on the first time I joined but supposed to do ribs this weekend for some guests and would really like to get them right.