Originally Posted by Reasoning
Lesson 2. Spare ribs are not for me, maybe I didn't do something right but I used the 3-2-1 method and they came out dry and just overall not nearly in my opinion as good as baby backs thats I've made.
Not sure what might have went wrong on your end, I started smoking in late June early July, and to date I have done 4 smokes of spare ribs.
Each time, they turned out great - even the first smoke that was first time for me. They were a big hit for the family.
I can say how I did mine - I too used the 3-2-1 method.
Made up a mixture of Jeff's rub, put a layer of mustard on them the night before, and put a very generous portion of the rub on - wrapped and put in fridge overnight.
Smoked them the next day at app 220F, meat side up.
I sprayed a mixture of Apple Juice/Apple Cider Vinegar ( 50-50), on the ribs every hour for first three hours - very generous amounts.
After three hours, I foiled them ( spraying same mixture on before sealing up in foil), and put them back on for two more hours.
After those two hours, unfoiled them, again sprayed a coating of the spritz on, and smoke the remaining hour. The last 30 minutes or so, I basted bbq sauce on them, to seal the deal.
They were really good, very juicy and tender - now they didn't fall off the bone on their own, but very tender still requiring only a slight tug while eating to pull away from the bone - which is how I like them myself.
I used charcoal for the fuel, and put about 4-5 chunks of hickory on it about every hour or so for the first three hours, shooting for that TBS, no hickory after that, just the coals.
I am sure others will have good tips for you - don't give up on the spares yet, they are really hard to beat when it comes to ribs, when they turn out right.