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27 Rib Recipes That Are Fall-Off-the-Bone Tender and Packed With Flavor

Updated on June 13, 2024

From baby backs to short ribs, these meaty mains will make your mouth water.

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Our Best Ideas for Ribs

When it comes to ribs, you've got options. Pork or beef? Racks of baby backs in the oven, marbled spare ribs on the grill or comforting short ribs from your Dutch oven? It can be difficult to decide when you've got so many delicious choices. That's why we've rounded up some of our favorite recipes. They'll help you find exactly what you're looking for, from BBQ ribs for a backyard cookout to slow-cooked mains for a good, old-fashioned Sunday dinner.

Even a barbeque purist can't scoff at these foil-wrapped, baked-and-glazed beauties. They're satisfyingly sweet, savory, smoky and flavorful. The meat falls off the bones! Plus, baking in foil also reduces the amount of clean up. You’ll be busy enjoying these ribs—who has time for dishes?!

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Rack-o-Ribs Hero

This is a reimagining of those fast-food rib sandwiches — but when you make one yourself with excellent ingredients, it's even better than your drive-thru memories.

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Ginger Beer-Marinated Baby Back Ribs

Get a double dose of ginger beer flavor in these sticky-sweet, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs. We use the drink for both the marinade and the sauce. Fresh ginger brings its own spicy note.

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Hoisin Baby Back Ribs

These slow cooker ribs take inspiration from Chinese barbecue ribs and the char siu (Cantonese roast pork). Finishing them in the broiler helps give the ribs a browned and crunchy crust, while coleslaw, a distinctly American addition, serves as a creamy and refreshing accompaniment.

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