[Note: this thread was split from the LA board at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6537... -- The Chowhound Team]
"Falling off the bone" means tender and perfect, properly mopped, not a dried-out lump of charcoal subjected to a dry rub of dirt.
For detail of the East vs. West Carolina aspects, and what parts of the hog, see:
The two styles have interbred to a degree elsewhere, and I stand by my love for slow-cooked ribs with a vinegary sauce.
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