As a BBQ and Grilling enthusiast I am often times told by friends they know how to cook the most awesome ribs. Many times their description of the meal includes the declaration their ribs are “so tender they fall right off the bone.” They are eager to share the super secret family recipe with me at the drop of a hat. More often than not the recipe includes some form of par-boiling ribs. I’m not a spare rib snob, like some of my friends, I don’t mind using the oven to get a nice finished rib. As a matter of fact they can come out pretty tasty. But under no circumstances are pans of boiling water involved. And just for the record ribs that fall off the bone aren’t tender…they’re overcooked.
A bite of ribs should come off the bone clean with just a little resistance from the meat. If you’ve cooked them so much the bone slides out of the rack of ribs then you’ve cooked them too much, that’s not tender it’s pork that’s close to mush. Now, I’m all about cooking food the way you and your guests want it. So if overcooked ribs is what you like just keep cooking them the way you prefer. But if you’d like to try a different technique that will give you tender ribs that won’t fall apart when you eat them then I’ve got a technique for you. They’ll have more flavor this way and the flavor won’t be dependent on slathering your ribs with sauce.