Ok, after many posts and research I have realized my que can get better. Been locked into the 321 method of spare ribs . I desire a firmer rib with just a little fight in the bite. I think my pork shoulder is pretty good, involving all the usual tactics (injecting, nice rub correct final IT) it pulls nice. Now I have learned about the TBS. If my smoker wasn't chugging like a freight train I thought something was wrong, that could be the reason many of way food turned out almost black. I guess clouds of white smoke isn't the way to go. Thanks to all of the help I have received on this great site during my first year of smoking I have gotten this far, now I am ready to go further. I have gotten some great tips and I am ready to leave those overcooked 321 ribs in the past. Now its time to chase that thin blue smoke. I'm sure with a little guidance I can get through this as well. Any tips would be welcomed. This site and its members are the best. I'm using a modified semi ecb brinkmann that holds temps well, along with chunk charcoal and apple wood chunks. Did I mention that my wife loves all my smoked offerings so far?