So I did my first st louis spare rib on the smoker (this was actually my first time smoking) and it didn't come out good. Before i did them i browsed some forums on here to find the best methods. First of all it was not cooked all the way. I had a hard time maintaining the heat at 225. I would get it up to about 300 then after 20 minutes it would drop 235. When it was time to add wood, it would drop to 170. Finally i would get it to maintain at 225, but does the big drop to 170 affect the cook time a lot. Btw, I was using a newbraufels smoker with a side fire box. I used charcoal and added mesquite wood chunks on it. I waited until the wood chunks burned to almost a white coal before i threw the ribs on. I also used the 3-2-1 method. When i tried the end of a rib that was cooked through, it had almost like a spicy smoke taste (almost like the smoke sat around the ribs too much, even though i had the smoke vent fully open the whole time.) Can anyone help me out, where did i go wrong. I wish i took pictures, but i didn't expect it to go this way. Everything looked good, it just didn't taste good. Any suggestions anyone?