I set the smoker to 230 and let it heat while I lit the amnps. I'm sure I will get better but what a pain. I used a propane torch then blew on it for 10 minutes on and off. I used two rows of hickory pellets which I think were pretty well lit when I put in. I then put two slabs of ribs (from Costco) in the smoker. After three hours I removed the ribs and wrapped in foil and put back in. At that point I removed amnps. I think I filled too high as both rows were almost ash and may have had jump over. After two hours I removed from foil, sauced, and put back in for another hour. When I removed internal temp was about 150. The ends of each slab were pretty tender however the middle was so tough it was hard to eat. Needless to say wife was not too happy I spent the money and then time for sub par ribs.
So guys any ideas what I did wrong?