Pork ribs are fatty, messy, hard to cook, hard to eat, and altogether wonderful. When cooked properly, the fat and cartilage around and between the ribs breaks down and softens, making the ribs incredibly tender and succulent.
What Are Pork Ribs?
Pork ribs refer to a cut of pork from the ribcage of a pig. Meat and bones together are cut into usable pieces and prepared by grilling, baking, or smoking, usually with barbecue or another type of sauce.
How to Cook Pork Ribs
Pork ribs need to be cooked slowly over very low heat, which can be tricky if you're doing them on the grill—but grilling is the best way to cook ribs. You can also cook them in the oven or a slow-cooker, which is easier.
When you cook ribs slowly like this, the cartilage breaks down, the fat melts away and coats the muscle fibers, and the connective tissue surrounding the muscle...