There are many ways to cook pork ribs, to make them into an expression of your own personal mythology or tribalism of barbecue. This is not one of those ways. This is a way to cook ribs as pieces of meat, so that you may eat them and go to bed on a weeknight.
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What are the United States' best regional foodstuffs? Its worst? These are the questions that bedevil the mind of man—but no longer! For here, we have ranked them. Rigorously scientific (not), ardently researched (nope), and scrupulously fair (not even a little bit): this is the Great American Menu!
Pork ribs are to Serious Barbecue—which is something distinct from the burgers-and-dogs routine for which your average Suburban Dad-type unfurls his "Kiss The Cook" apron on the odd sunny July weekend—what the four-seam fastball is to pitching.