This is the best way to smoke ribs as well as a great rub for ribs that's salty and sweet so you don't even need barbecue sauce. Which cuts of meat make the best ribs and the trick to get them fall off the bone tender when you're smoking ribs at home. One of our all time favorite easy smoker recipes.
Rinse ribs, pat dry and remove the membrane from the back of the ribs to make them more tender. (instructions for removing membrane link in post)
Mix all spices in a bowl well.
Lay ribs on cutting board and spread rub on the top and bottom getting as thick of a coat on as possible. (can cut rack in half if desired to layer in smoker, that is what we do)
Set smoker to 180 degrees and lay 1/2 rack on top rack and 1/2 rack on lower rack.
Use temp. probe if desired to reach 145 min. degrees internally, or check after about 5 hours to check. Depending on size of ribs ours usually take 6 hours to look as the picture does with rub caramelizing and meat is pulling away from the bone which means they're done and they will be tender.