A rack of barbecue beef ribs, with four sliced off the end.
Geno Loro
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Barbecue Beef Ribs

Just like a country ham that’s dry-cured with salt and sugar and aged to perfection, a good beef rib sauce must balance sweet (in this case brown sugar) with spicy (cayenne and dry mustard). And, as with baby back pork ribs, beef ribs benefit from the added depth and complexity of a rich sauce because they don’t have that much flavor to begin with.
Two slabs of smoked ribs on a rimmed baking sheet with spicy bourbon bbq sauce in a dish on the side.
Paige Green
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Smoked Ribs with Spicy Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Smoked ribs with spicy bourbon bbq sauce are easy to make. They only need some time and patience and the occasional spritz with apple juice.
A person cutting a slab of the best St. Louis ribs into individual ribs.
Chia Chong
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Amazing St. Louis Ribs

Everyone is capable of making great barbecue on their own. The key is consistency, and the key to consistency is simple: Internal temperature always prevails over time. That makes these St. Louis ribs tender, the rub and sauce make them flavorful every time.
A slab of glazed pressure cooker ribs with a knife cutting between two ribs
Silvio Knezevic
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Pressure Cooker Ribs

These pressure cooker ribs, which are easy and ideal for the Instant Pot, are finished in the oven with a brown sugar and Dijon glaze. It's a super-fast method for knee-wobbling, lip-smacking, fall-off-the-bone tenderness.
Quentin Bacon
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Fall-Off-the-Bone Baby Back Ribs

These fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs are first cooked low and slow in the oven and then slathered with a homemade chipotle maple barbecue sauce before being tossed on the grill for just a mere half hour for the finishing touch.
Five cut Memphis style ribs on a wooden board.
Johnny Autry
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Memphis Style Ribs

Memphis dry rub ribs are most commonly made with St. Louis-style spare ribs, although the approach works equally terrifically on other pork ribs. The key to these tender ribs is low and slow cooking and a flavorful spice rub.
A rack of oven baked barbecue ribs on a white platter with a jar of sauce and a brush next to them.
Angie Mosier
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Oven-Baked Barbecue Ribs

For these oven-baked BBQ ribs, baby back ribs get cozy with a sugar-garlic-pepper rub overnight and then are baked in the oven until tender. The pork ribs are then slathered with a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce.
Two smoked spareribs and a knife on a slab of stone.
Aimee Buxton
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Smoked Spare Ribs

These smoked spare ribs are coated in a spicy rub, slowly smoked, and finished with a Texas-style barbecue sauce. No smoker required.
Two slabs of BBQ ribs on a piece of foil with a dish of sauce and a spoon nearby.
Leela Cyd
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BBQ Ribs

These BBQ ribs are easy oven baked specimens of pork rib amazingness with a spicy chile dry rub and a tangy barbecue sauce. Just as slow cooked and tender and irresistible as if they’d come off the smoker. Here’s how to make them.
Two racks of barbecued baby back ribs, and a third rack cut into individual ribs, resting on a knife.
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Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

These barbecued baby back ribs are first brined to keep them juicy, then liberally coated with a superlative spice rub made with paprika, chile, cumin, and pepper, and finally grilled low and slow until they’re almost falling-off-the-bone tender. So spectacular they require no sauce whatsoever.
A rack of slow cooker ribs on a cutting board with four single ribs cut off.
Keller + Keller
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Slow Cooker Ribs

These slow cooker ribs will feed a crowd and leave your oven free with these lip-smacking beauties.
A wooden cutting board topped with two rack of smoked pork ribs.
Keller + Keller
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Smoked Pork Ribs

I like to go all out and serve some of the classic sides to go with the smoked meat: mac and cheese, braised collards or turnip greens, potato salad, coleslaw, beans, cornbread, and corn on the cob.
Two slabs of St. Louis style ribs from Alex Guarnaschelli with some cut into individual ribs and a knife lying in the middle.
Johnny Miller
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St. Louis Style Ribs

St. Louis style ribs start with a sweet and spicy dry rub. Then we double down with tangy, sweet barbecue sauce made with red-wine vinegar and blackstrap molasses. Guaranteed to wobble knees.
A rack of Vietnamese pork ribs on a sheet of parchment on a cutting board with a basting brush and a bowl of lime wedges nearby.
Ben Cole
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Vietnamese Pork Ribs

These Vietnamese pork ribs have layers of sweet, savory, and spicy thanks to its five spice marinade and a tangy citrus and soy basting sauce that clings to every crevice while the ribs finish on the grill.
Seven spice-rubbed baby back ribs on a piece of parchment on a wooden surface.
Maren Caruso
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Spice-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

Spice-rubbed baby back ribs are first given a dry rub of paprika, cumin, garlic, and more spices. After they sit for a spell in the fridge, they're grilled and slathered with your favorite sauce.
A pile of Korean-style BBQ ribs on a wooden board, garnished with scallions and sesame seeds with several forks on the side.
Ola Smit
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Korean-Style BBQ Ribs

Korean-style BBQ ribs are sticky, sweet, and tangy. Ginger, honey, brown sugar, and vinegar come together to infuse juicy ribs with Korean flavors. They're cooked in foil so the cleanup is easy-peasy, too. 

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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  1. These all look absolutely yummy! and you have the right amount of variety. I, personally, could do without the “Piers Morgan Fox Nation ads tho”…. Disgusting.

  2. You should publish a recipe for pork ribs Rosticciana. Not all ribs need to be in the style of American BBQ.

    1. Thanks, Bkhuna. We’ll keep that in mind when we’re looking for and developing recipes.