You'd best know your pork and beef ribs before you compile a list of the best in the nation. The eat/dine editor at the "all things food and drink" online site The Daily Meal rounded up a panel of well-qualified 'cue lovers to decide who's boss.
"So what does make for a perfect rib, according to some of the country's leading experts?" asks Dan Myers at www.thedailymeal.com/americas-best-ribs. "Tenderness, sauce-to-meat ratio, smokiness and good charring."
Among the top 20 are two in California. Coming in at No. 9 is Phillips BBQ in Los Angeles. The judges wrote, "The smokiness and work-of-genius flavor combination (makes for) about as authentic a barbecue experience as you'll ever get."
Ranked No. 15 is Bludso's in Compton, near L.A. The judges say, "The recipes are a well-guarded secret, but the end result is world-class: smoky, sweet and requiring a little tug to get at."
Visit the website for more. Meanwhile, where do you go for your ribs fix?