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Best Ribs

Posted May 21, 2012

In North Carolina it is all about the barbecue. And one of my favorite items to order at any barbecue joint is the ribs - fall off the bone, dry-rubbed or wet!

Here are our picks for the best places to grab ribs in the Triangle: 

The Pit shares ribs, beans recipes

The Pit (Raleigh) - You can't do any type of barbecue list without including The Pit. Choose from their baby back ribs or try the Carolina style spareribs. Slather with your favorite sauce – Eastern or Western style – and enjoy! (I prefer Western.)


Winston's Grille (Raleigh) - This north Raleigh gem is known for its steaks and super tasty dessert selections (try the strawberry shortcake with their homemade strawberry ice cream!). When we go, we love to get their baby back barbecue ribs, served with honey barbecue sauce. These house-smoked racks are fall off the bone greatness. 


Angus Barn (Raleigh) - They might be known for steaks and that award-winning Chess Pie, but the Angus Barn makes some fantastic ribs. I first tried the barn's barbecued ribs as an appetizer. Now, it is my favorite entree to get there. The entree rack, which is so large they have to cut it into three large chunks just to fit it onto the plate, is perfectly smoked and seasoned. The only thing that makes this meal better is the cup of the Angus Barn's tangy barbecue sauce that gets served with it.

Carolina Smokehouse Grill

Carolina Smokehouse (Wake Forest) - This joint claims it will "smoke anything." Well, we are thrilled that they are talking about their Carolina Country pork ribs. Served dry-rubbed or sauced, you can't go wrong. 

The Q Shack (various locations) - This last selection came from WRAL's Ken Smith, who said he loves to enjoy barbecue at this Raleigh-based business. He cited the St. Louis pork ribs as his favorite. 

Since we can only pick five places, I know we probably left out one of your favorites. Please tell us where you love to grab some ribs in the comments section below. 


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  • fayeparker3 May 31, 2012

    I love, love love BBQ and have tried many but I have to agree with the person that rated BAckyard BBQ on 55 in Durham as the tops. The best BBQ, Ribs, etc and if you love those country soul vegies this is the place to go

  • joeBob May 28, 2012

    Best ribs I have eaten in years was at Danny's BBQ in RTP a couple of years ago. They don't have them at that location all the time. They were really good. Most ribs around here are cooked to mush. Fall off the bone is cooked to much. Luddites.

  • jhill6 May 26, 2012

    Just had Ribs and Brisket at Red Hot & Blue!! Talk about Fall of the Bone Greatness!!! Been eating in this Authentic North Raleigh Smokehouse for almost 20 years. They have a 99.5 as their sanitation grade!!

  • dabink May 26, 2012

    Check the sanitation rating at the Q Shack, especially the North Hills location. UGH! Filthy.

  • gromeiser May 24, 2012

    Whoa! What about Red Hot & Blue???

    Hands down, they have the best ribs in the Triangle! You can't beat their hickory-smoked ribs!

    My vote is for Red Hot & Blue!!!

  • tedfarr May 21, 2012

    I discovered the Angus Barn's ribs years ago, and my favorite meal is the small filet and half rack of ribs combo. Yum, slobbering like one of Pavlov's dogs thinking about it!

  • Roy G Biv May 21, 2012

    I used to work at Oh! Brian's and they were the best ribs hands down. Glad I learned the secrets so I can just about get the same at home.

  • eb2cents May 21, 2012

    Is Crowley's still there??

  • jrtlover May 21, 2012

    I love Crowley's on Medlin Dr.

  • cgf150 May 21, 2012

    Charlies on 1010hwy/cleveland rd beside the old cleveland high school...yummy