I just started smoking meat and I already have questions!!! My first attempt was some spare ribs. Most of what I read says it take 4-5 hours to smoke a rack of ribs. But both times I have done it it has taken 7-8 hours. Does my thermo on my smoker read incorrectly because of the sun beating on the outside? OR am I doing something else wrong. I can't figure it out. Anyway, I am from North Salt Lake Utah. I am 27 years old and my favorite thing in the world(besides smoked meat) is college football. I everything about it. And I want to make my experience better by smoking ribs, but I am having a tough time learning the tricks....Please help!!!!