One thing southerners do best is BBQ. Now depending where you live in the south can bring a completely different style of BBQ. Folks in North Carolina have a vinegar-based sauce where in South Carolina you find a vinegar & mustard based sauce. Georgia and Alabama take there BBQ with a tomato based sauce. Now in Tennessee you will find a tomato based sauce, but in Memphis they are famous for their dry rubs leading to a more smoked flavor.
Growing up in California we were still treated to the BEST southern BBQ thanks to the South’s best cook, my Papa Montgomery (mom’s dad). My Papa had a huge brick BBQ pit in his backyard (that he built himself!) where he would cook up some Boston Butts to perfection. He would wrap the cooked meat in layers of foil, freeze it and then ship it to us in California. Not only did he master cooking the meat, but he also bottled his own lip smacking good sauce. We have an old newspaper article featuring my Papa next to his pit raving about his amazing sauce. For years my Papa kept his recipe a secret until someone in the family talked him into sharing it. Maybe if you are lucky one day I will share it with ya’ll!
If you don’t have the famous Montgomery BBQ sauce there are plenty of great ones from the store. We like Sweet Baby Rays. I usually just purchase ribs from our local grocery store or specialty package store. If I am cooking for guests (like I did for this Memorial day) I go to BJ’s Wholesale (Cosco or Sams equivalent!). For $17 you get 2 huge racks! And if you don’t have a brick pit out back, that is fine too! You can get ribs that fall off the bone right out of your own oven! This recipe tastes so good it makes you wanna slap your momma!
Fall Off the Bone Ribs
Salt & Pepper (I like using sea salt)
Preheat oven to 350. Line your cookie sheet with foil. Measure out two sheets of foil that goes longer than your ribs by 2 inches on each side. Lay those over lapping a bit and place your ribs in the middle.
Grind your salt & pepper over and drizzle some Worcestershire sauce on one side, flip and do the same on the other.
Bring the foil up on both sides of the ribs and fold the top over a few times to seal it. And then fold both bottoms to completely seal the ribs in.