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Ribs in NC (Triangle, elsewhere)?

almondpanda | Aug 20, 2009 09:17 PM

I know that Carolina's famed for the chopped/pulled pork (which, granted, yum), but I'm a newly-christened rib fan and in search of the goods!

I usually order my ribs dry (most sauces are way too sweet), so the quality & quantity of the meat itself is paramount. Not that I don't enjoy some sauce, but it's not what makes the meal for me, so a good sauce can't make up for lousy meat.

So far I've found and tried the ribs at The Q Shack (Original & Carrboro locations), Backyard BBQ Pit at RTP & Smokey's BBQ Shack. All were enjoyable at different levels and for different reasons, though Carrboro Q Shack & Backyard were somewhat inconsistent (big, meaty, juicy ribs one visit; comparatively small & dried out on another).

I've heard bad things about the ribs at Allen & Son and Jim's in Chapel Hill, even though their proximity makes them the next logical stops - should I go, or are they seriously not worth my time?

Can anyone advise as to where I might check next that would have superlative offerings? I'm in the CH/Carrboro area and don't head east all that often, but often travel westward to Gboro/WS & occasionally Charlotte. I've heard The Pit in Raleigh is worth a stop, though.

Anywhere else?

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