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Your taste in ribs has a lot to do with where you call home. From bold or tangy dry rubs to thick and sweet tomato-based sauces, one thing is for certain - people love ribs! Take a tour of U.S. rib joints from right at home with this breakdown of how they’re famously prepared by region.
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Big Texas Style
Don’t come between Texans and their brisket. Think bold, dry rubs with ingredients like coffee, paprika, cumin, black pepper, and garlic. It’s then smoked low and slow with wood chips for intense, big flavor.
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Although it varies by region, Carolina barbecue is usually pulled or chopped pork that’s dry rubbed and smoked with oak or hickory chips. While the pork smokes it’s mopped with a yellow mustard and vinegar-spiced mixture referred to as Carolina Gold. In the western region of South Carolina is where you’ll find more tomato-based sauces.
Served up Memphis Style
Two different dishes make up Memphis barbecue; wet or dry ribs, and chopped pork in a bun with coleslaw and sauce. Fun fact here, Memphians like to eat chopped pork with more traditional dishes such as spaghetti, on pizza, and in nachos.
Kansas City Bound
Folks in Kansas City like their barbecue with a variety of meats; mainly pork, beef, or sometimes lamb. Dry rubbed and smoked, ribs are usually served with french fries and a signature sauce is provided at the table. The sauces are mustard or vinegar based, with a spicer tang from cumin or celery salt; KC BBQ brings a sweetness to the table but should not to be confused with the thick and sweet KC Masterpiece branded BBQ sauce that bears little resemblance to authentic sauces of the region.
Uniquely St. Louis
In and around St. Louis, barbecue is primarily pork. A popular dish is pork steak sliced from the shoulder of the pig. Here you’ll see more grilling and less smoking of the meat. The sauce is a thick, sticky, tomato sauce on the sweeter side.