I've only been smoking for about 3 months. (I tease the kids that although I quite smoking two years ago, I've started again, but this time it's much more tasty.) I picked up a slab of beef back ribs and a slab (5 bone) of beef short ribs from the butcher this morning. I'm planning to smoke them this weekend. (Assuming that they thaw between now and then ) This will be the first time I've smoked beef ribs. I have a jar of Weber Chicago Steak Rub that DW wants me to use on the back ribs. I'd like ideas for a rub for the short ribs. My default would be simply salt (or maybe seasoned salt,) pepper, onion, garlic, and rosemary. Suggestions, please. Since I'm still pretty new at this, I don't have a stable of rubs recipes yet. (Yes, I know that there are a lot on this site, but since the search returns about 5 gazillion hits, I have no idea which ones to even start with.) I'd also like some suggestions on a sauce. The family likes a sweet sauce. Again, I don't have a stable of sauces, either, and typically use (GASP!!!) KC Masterpiece Original. (Hangs head in shame and slinks to corner.) The menu for this will be: beef ribs as mentioned probably a couple of chicken breasts (for DD, who is going through an "I don't eat red meat" phase.) stuffed mushrooms (DW and oldest son won't let me fire up the smoker without making stuffed mushrooms ) fatties (haven't settled on what yet, but so far the family favorite is cheddar and garlic, so that will probably be one of them.) my veggie combo My veggie combo, that I'm trying to improve, is based on zucchini, red and green bell peppers, white onion, and Roma tomatoes. I cut the squash into spears, the bell peppers into strips, onion is sliced, and the tomatoes are cubed. The squash, onion, and peppers are then steeped in olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder for an hour or so and smoked in a basket until tender (about 2 - 2.5 hours) The tomatoes get tossed into the mix about 1-1.5 hours into the process so that they don't get over cooked. I'm still trying to perfect this combo, since it's a bit bland. This time I'm planning to add mushrooms, garlic cloves, and maybe artichoke hearts. Maybe add some carrots? Any suggestions? ETA- I also have both hickory and apple available. Any idea what the result would be if I mixed the two? Good, bad, not worth doing? 70-30, 50-50? Just stick with hickory? Thanks.