Try this ONE time with baby backs!! I discovered this by accident when I ran out of room on the smoker and had to put some ribs in the oven first!!
I lightly salted and rubbed my ribs. I use a 'little' extra brown sugar and drizzle a 'little' honey. Add a few pats of butter and 3-4 Tsp of your favorite juice. Wrap with foil and bake in the oven, meat side down at 250 for 2hrs 15 mins. Remove and lightly add more rub and brown sugar. Wait 5-10 mins and place on the smoker at 250 for 2hrs with a constant but light smoke. After two hrs, gradually increase your temp until your ribs are beautifully barked. Check frequently so you don't burn the sugars. These were the best ribs I've made yet!! Trust me and DON'T deviate!! I've done this twice and will never cook them on the smoker first, again. Perfect texture and flavors. U can adjust the tenderness by adjusting the initial bake time in the oven. Try 2hrs and 10mins at 250 for "barely able to eat 'em off the bone' ribs! Careful not to eat your fingers!!
Don't over season or over smoke the ribs. Too much seasoning and too much smoke will ruin them. You can always add sauce and flavors, even after the cook, but you can't never take it away. I like to use a mildly spicey rub with white pepper and top with brown sugars. This gives a great sweet and spicy layered flavor. I don't use hickory anymore except in very small amounts. I love a combo of pecan and a fruit wood or a little mesquite. Good luck and let me know how you like it!!