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This Week's Question:
It's football season & my husband wants ribs. What are the best onesa to buy & how do I cook them. What about sauce?

AJ's Expert Answer:
My favorite pork ribs are baby back ribs. They are the most tender and have the least amount of fat. That being said, St. Louis-style and spare ribs also provide some good eating. My favorite method of preparation is slow-smoking over indirect heat in a covered grill.

A less labor-intensive approach is to pre-braise the seasoned ribs (baking them tightly covered at 350 for 1-2 hours) with liquid (I use a couple of beers with a teaspoon of Liquid Smoke) before finishing on the grill (the meat is tenderized, most of the fat is rendered, and the reserved cooking broth can be used in hearty soups like split pea, any type of bean, chili, etc.).

With the latter approach, the braising can be done the day before, the ribs refrigerated, and simply re-heated/browned on the grill, brushed with sauce of choice and lightly caramelized before serving; a method that facilitates entertaining.

Click here for a fantastic ribs recipe.

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