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Sweet and Smoky: Get Your Hands on Some BBQ Ribs!

By: Toni Cunningham | August 30, 2013

Just as Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, Labor Day weekend is the indicator that it’s (sadly) coming to an end. Since we all started the summer with barbeque and sunshine, it’s only fitting to go out the same way, right?

For many of you carnivores out there, Labor Day weekend means one thing: ribs on the barbeque. However, at this point, you may be suffering from what I like to call “grilling burnout,” where the last thing you want to do is fire up the coals one more weekend in a row.

If that’s the case, never fear. You (and the fam) can still get your barbeque fix at one of Metro Detroit’s best rib restaurants. Take a look!

The BoneYard Bar-B-Q, 7010 N. Telegraph Rd., Dearborn Heights, serves ribs basted with the restaurant’s top-secret BBQ sauce. You can get as few as five bones and as many as fifteen, it all depends how hungry you are. Either way, the meal comes with coleslaw, fries or baked potato and garlic bread. If you’re indecisive, combo plates let you pair ribs with shrimp, broasted chicken, fish or steak.

Red Smoke BBQ, 573 Monroe St., Detroit, is situated right in Greektown. The menu’s Carolina Back Ribs and St. Louis Ribs come in half or full racks. Before they hit the table, they go through quite the process—first dry rubbed with spices, then marinated, slow smoked and basted. There are several combo plates here, too, if you’d like to add another smoked meat to your plate.

Red Hot & Blue BBQ, 33800 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights, serves award winning St. Louis-Style Ribs served one of three ways—wet (drowned in specialty Mojo Mild BBQ Sauce), dry (dusted with a blend of special spices) or sweet (slathered with house Sufferin’ Sweet BBQ Sauce). All three varieties are hickory smoked for hours until the meat falls off the bone. Hungry yet?

The Golden Feather, 29633 Ford Rd., Garden City, is a little-known gem with seriously good barbeque. The restaurant’s famous “Feather Special” includes five fall-off-the-bone tender ribs, your choice of potato, coleslaw and a huge slices of garlic bread. The Golden Feather is known for large (and delicious) meals, so make sure you’re ready to tackle a mountain of ribs!

R.U.B. BBQ Pub, with locations in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Warren, is the rib winner in my book. The Detroiter is an entire slab of ribs topped with pulled pork and beef brisket, with mac n’ cheese and potato wedges. If that doesn’t sound absolutely delicious, I don’t know what does. If you’re a little less gluttonous than I, then go for the Baby Back Ribs or Braised Short Rib.

Slows, 2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit, is a Detroit staple, and thus, any list concerning barbeque ribs would be incomplete without it. Their famed St. Louis Spareribs are peppered with a mildly spicy rub, while the Baby Back Ribs are rubbed with a 13-spice blend before being slow cooked for hours. Both entrees are served with two sides, and you’d be crazy not to choose the mac n’ cheese.

Regardless of the establishment you choose, give yourself (not to mention the charcoal) a break from cooking this weekend. Treat yourself and the family to a rib meal out on the town. Have a great (and safe) Labor Day weekend!