I did the No Foil thing on a set of spare ribs today. I smoked them at 230-240 degrees. They were kind of leaner than other spares I've done in the past. Today I just watched for pullback. The pullback happened right around the 2 hour mark. At that point I sprayed them with a wash of cranberry juice and water, just to keep em moist. A half hour later, the ribs looked like they were getting done so sprayed them one more time. At the three hour mark, the ribs were just about done, so I backed up the heat to about 200, put a coat of sauce on the ribs and let the sauce set up for 15 minutes. The total time today was 3 hours 15 minutes.
When bitten into, the ribs had a nice resistance to them. I like it. Different from the fall off bone texture...... in just as good way. Next time I'll do baby backs with the No Foil method.
Oh..here is a picture of the ribs. Next time I'll try not to smear sauce on the cut rib edges so that you'll get a better look at the smoke ring.