A Southern delicacy consisting of tender, smoked ribs that are slathered in barbecue sauce.

The beloved food you're probably describing is barbecue ribs, a Southern favorite that's enjoyed all around the world.

While pork ribs are most commonly used to make barbecue ribs, beef ribs are also used in certain locations.

 The ribs are smoked or cooked slowly over low heat until they are juicy and fall off the bone delicious. The ribs' flavor, texture, and overall experience are all elevated by the smokey flavor that is imparted throughout the smoking process.

Barbecue sauce is applied when the ribs are cooked to perfection. Depending on personal taste and family recipes, the sauce's flavor can range from sweet and spicy to sour and vinegary. 

Each of the four most common types of barbecue sauce—Kansas City, Memphis, Texas, and Carolina—has its own special blend of spices and other ingredients.

Main courses of barbecue ribs are a staple at many outdoor gatherings, including festivals, picnics, and backyard cookouts. 

The traditional barbecue sides like baked beans, coleslaw, cornbread, and potato salad make for a filling and appetizing meal that is great for gathering with loved ones.

All things considered, barbecue ribs are a representation of what the South is all about when it comes to food: tender, juicy meats cooked slowly with robust, acidic sauces. 

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