Best raunchy ribs (2008)
I've made a career out of reviling New York barbecues, and made plenty of enemies in the process. Truth be told, little in town matches the kind of wood-intensive smoking you'll find in places like Lockhart, Texas; Lexington, North Carolina; or Owensboro, Kentucky (hometown of pirate Johnny Depp). One of the best we have, though, is R.U.B., which stands for Righteous Urban Barbecue. The 'cue is done in small batches, the sides are better than average, and the moist and hammy pork ribs in their various manifestations are sublime. Just don't spill on any of the cloying barbecue sauce.