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America's Test Kitchen 7x20

Rainy Day Barbecue

If you’re a fan of barbecue but never thought it could be replicated indoors, our menu should change your mind.

For many of us, it doesn’t seem fair that we can only enjoy barbecue during the short summer months. What about year-round cravings? Take barbecued ribs. If it’s February and a hankering for ribs strikes, does that mean a trip to a local barbecue joint or could we find the answer in our home kitchen? We wanted to develop a recipe for oven-barbecued ribs, so even in the darkest, coldest winter months, we could satisfy our barbecue urges. And these ribs would need to stand up to their outdoor counterparts: tender, fall-off-the-bone meat infused with smoky flavor. Rich, meaty ribs are best enjoyed with a side of tangy coleslaw—specifically buttermilk coleslaw. But while buttermilk provides a trademark tang, it can also make a dressing so thin that it sinks to the bottom of the bowl instead of clinging to the shreds of cabbage. Cabbage poses its own challenges too. We wanted even shreds that were easy to fork and toss with the dressing. And, we wanted crisp cabbage that won’t leach moisture into our dressing, diluting its flavor and turning our coleslaw bland.

Recipes:

Oven-Barbecued Spareribs

Quick Barbecue Sauce

Creamy Buttermilk Coleslaw

Buttermilk Coleslaw with Green Onions and Cilantro

Creamy Buttermilk Coleslaw with Lemon and Herbs

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America’s Test Kitchen: 7×20
May. 19, 2007

America's Test Kitchen season 7