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Ribs are the favorite of many barbecue-lovers

Ribs are great, especially with a couple of choice side dishes.
Ribs are great, especially with a couple of choice side dishes. Special to the Sun Herald

In this week’s blog posts about good barbecue, ribs could get the top billing for many people.

When are done right — smoky, spicy and falling apart tender —what could be better? The only down side is the roll of paper towels that is required.

Purists might want to eat their ribs with no accoutrement, but to me ribs scream for a few classic side dishes.

Coleslaw is at the top of my list, and I have a good recipe given to me by a Biloxi fireman, (I’ll share it with you on Facebook if you ask) but other side dishes go just as well.

I have mentioned sliced onions and pickles this week, and they fit in nicely here, too, but to me the top billing goes to barbecue baked beans. If they are homemade, chocked full of meat, and a great barbecue sauce, just give me a spoon and get out of the way. If you can manage a side of homemade greens with that, they you have hit the trifecta.

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