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Ribs question: falling off the bone or not? Which is better and why?

Asked by Aster (15590 points ) 1 month ago

A relative makes bbq ribs in a smoker and the meat falls off the bone. They’re good but I like mine better. They have a lot more flavor which is the goal, I think. The meat is extremely tender but most of it adheres to the bone with my recipe that I bake in the oven. I call mine, “teriyaki ribs.” His are smoked.
Do you prefer falling off the bone or not and why? TIA

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livelaughlove21's avatar

I like it as long as it’s tender, cooked all the way through, and not overly fatty. If it’s not falling off the bone, it should still be easy to get the meat off without the use of a knife.

Aster's avatar

It comes off the bone using your teeth easily and is very tender but doesn’t fall off.”
And, unlike meat that falls off the bone it’s very juicy. Maybe fall off the bone means overcooked. I don’t know.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@Aster The fall-off-the-bone ribs I’ve had were always juicy.

Pachy's avatar

Either way works for me. That’s how much I love BBQ ribs. I especially love Chinese BBQ ribs.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@cookieman You are evil. I had to check out that menu. My mouth is watering big time.

cookieman's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe: I haven’t been there in a while, but they are super yummy.

Aster's avatar

@Pachy mine are Chinese ribs. Teriyaki sauce, garlic, honey, cayenne , brown sugar and a second type of thick teriyaki sauce we put on steaks.

cookieman's avatar

@Aster: Stop talking dirty.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Fall of the bone, then if I want to use a fork to keep my fingers clean, I can do it quite easily.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central Surely a washcloth would be better suited to such a task!

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

^ Then you have to figure out where to put the damp clothes until you need it and what to do with it when overwealmed with BBQ sauce.

talljasperman's avatar

I just had some microwaved side rib… it was gross. too hard and chewy… I prefer fall off the bone and can eat in a stew with potatoes and beef stock.

gorillapaws's avatar

@Aster Those sound amazing. I like them falling off the bone, but on the bone and tender works too. I think you’ve inspired me to make some teraki ribs tomorrow night.

Aster's avatar

Put them on foil. If you put them on that baking paper the sugar turns black and smokes. Let me know how they come out !

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