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Detroit Style Ribs? Help!!

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I am a Chef in Tampa Florida, I have been asked to make Detroit style ribs. Im not sure what that would be,can anyone help me out?

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  1. Sounds like they are looking for "soul food" style of cooking.

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    1. re: jack103

      From what I have found I think you are right, all seem to be variations on southern bbq.

    2. Ribs in Detroit are cooked wet, not dry. The sauce is not very hot.

      1. You boil them first before grilling them, usually with some sort of spices and vinegar if I remember correctly. Then they are liberally sauced durring grilling.

        1. As a Detroiter I might be able to help. The first thing you are going to need is a 55 gallon drum cut in half, mounted on at least 4 legs, with a grill that fits into the drum. Next you are going to need a rusted out 1965 Dodge Pickup, lawn chairs and a few Igloo Coolers full of Faygo. The fuel of choice is Charcoal Briquettes.

          You will want to set up shop in front of a pawn shop, check cashing shop or a beauty product store.

          What you are after is orange juiced soaked pork ribs cooked with a sweet and spicy sauce, at least this is what you will find at many of the side show stops. Yes they are heavy sauced and they are grilled. Smokers are rare in any Detroit Style ribs.

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          1. re: JanPrimus

            Don't forget that they taste even better when there cooked on Belle Isle.