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Ribs: Fall Off The Bone--Yes or NO?

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  • Willy
    Charter Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 1868
    • High Desert of the Great Southwest

    Ribs: Fall Off The Bone--Yes or NO?

    Someone on this thread ( https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...l-off-the-bone ) suggested a poll, so here it is.

    Do you prefer fall off the bone or bite through (tug/bite off the bone) ribs? Note: (Replying "Can't stand ribs period" requires us to "git a rope").
    Fall off the bone
    Bite Through (tug/bite off the bone)
    Don't care
    Can't stand ribs period
    Last edited by Willy; February 11, 2019, 03:55 PM.
  • mrteddyprincess
    Club Member
    • Sep 2018
    • 389

    If I want fall off the bone I'll go to a [email protected]#% Applebees.


    • Steve B
      Steve B commented
      Editing a comment
      Hahahahaha. And get some bone slivers along with it. 😡

    • Steve R.
      Steve R. commented
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      So you're saying even the bones are fall off the bone, Steve B ?

    • Willy
      Willy commented
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      Last time I did Chili's (OK, the same as Applebee's) ribs (I want my babybacks...la la la) they were way too small and way too tough. "Bout four years ago--never again.
  • Steve R.
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 2461
    • Elizabethtown, KY
    • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

    I like them just firm enough that slicing them apart doesn't cause the meat to fall off the bones. I don't automatically dislike ribs just because they do happen to fall off the bones, but I feel like too many people think this is some ideal thing that only a really talented pitmaster can do.


    • HawkerXP
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 6114
      • Virginia
      • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
        Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
        Slo n Sear
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      I said "don't care" because Mrs. Hawker and Hawker JR like fall off wibs. I know which side of the bread my butter goes.


      • Dan Deter
        Club Member
        • Jun 2018
        • 504
        • Raleigh, NC
        • Weber Summit S-670
          Thermapen Mk 4

        I'll take them either way, cause wibs are wibs. However, last year I had some directly out of a whole hog pig pickin' that were melt in your mouth heaven!


        • tRidiot
          Club Member
          • Dec 2015
          • 742
          • NE OK
          • Traeger BBQ124
            Yoder YS480
            Chargriller Duo gas/charcoal side-by side

          The only reason fall off the bone ribs bother me is I get irritated trying to cut them and they're falling apart. Never had a complaint from the family or guests. They always tell me I'm crazy for complaining.


          • Willy
            Willy commented
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            Solution: Each person gets a whole rack! Or, maybe a half rack if cut prior to cooking?
        • Mudkat
          Club Member
          • Feb 2017
          • 2088
          • At a river near me, MD
          • Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5"
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          I "prefer" tug, but don't recall ever disliking a rack of ribs.


          • FireMan
            Charter Member
            • Jul 2015
            • 8068
            • Bottom of Winnebago

            Agree with Dub D, wibs is wibs.
            Unless it’s from a chainfries that specializes in whatever, then it’s somethin I won’t eat.


            • Dan Deter
              Dan Deter commented
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              Wow, a nickname from FireMan. I am totally honored!
          • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
            Club Member
            • Jun 2018
            • 736
            • Eastern NC
            • 2018 MAK 2 Star
              Charbroil Big Easy SRG

            Fall of the bone makes a good sandwich or some Asian dishes... I liked ribs, but didn't love them until I discovered BoB as the better method for my tastes.


            • rrsaylor
              rrsaylor commented
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              New here what method is BoB i have done and heard of 3-2-1 method

            • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
              ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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              rrsaylor do whatever recipe you like, BoB is just Bite off the Bone so doneness at the end... maybe method isn't the right word
          • Timbo54
            Club Member
            • May 2018
            • 155
            • Roseville , Ca

            I love ribs either way. I always get compliments either way. However, I have been using the " blasphemy rib " method coupled with SwampDonkeyzBBQ's method of bacon wrap ribs. I don't have to worry about cutting them and having them fall apart. The bacon gives a nice bite and chew.


            • jgreen
              Charter Member
              • Oct 2014
              • 2738
              • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
              • Cookers:
                Broil King XL
                Broil King Smoke
                Weber Kettle 26
                Grilla Pellet smoker
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                Thermo works DOT (or two)
                Fireboard (probably my favourite)
                Thermworks Smoke (or two)

                SnS (original, plus and XL)
                DnG pans, 6 or 7 of these
                and, maybe some other toys as well

              I went with don’t care. Prefer tugable but fall off is ok too.


              • ribeyeguy
                Charter Member
                • Jun 2015
                • 1302
                • S. E. Wisconsin
                • Weber Platinum Performer, 18"WSM, Smokenator, Slow 'n Sear.

                Aren't they overcooked if they actually fall off the bone? I've always believed that a rib that requires a slight mouth tug is a perfectly cooked rib.


                • Buck Flicks
                  Club Member
                  • Jul 2017
                  • 341
                  • Dee Eff Dub, TX

                  I like fall off the bone when I'm pulling the meat off the bone of my leftover ribs to put in my ramen. Otherwise, I like a little bite/tug.


                  • Troutman
                    Club Member
                    • Aug 2017
                    • 7607
                    • aka Troutman Taco - Hanging Free in Tejas

                    • OUTDOOR COOKERS

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                    The proper term is "bite through" and yes that's the way I like it as well. Fall off to me is over cooked but if that's how you like it then go for it. Always more than one way to skin that old cat !!


                    • Willy
                      Willy commented
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                      I fixed it per your comment. Thanks.
                  • Mosca
                    Charter Member
                    • Oct 2014
                    • 3711
                    • PA
                    • Large Big Green Egg, Weber Performer Deluxe, Weber Smokey Joe Silver, Maverick 732, DigiQ, and too much other stuff to mention.

                    I shut my eyes and eat.




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