I have been attacked on my McRib post. And let me say, of all the ways and on all the issues on which I have been attacked on the internet (I know whereof I speak), this cuts the deepest. For it is alleged that I don't know barbecue!
Oh, the pain, as a Korean, to be accused of ignorance of barbecue. Basically half of the Korean menu is barbecue. I am afraid that I consider all American forms of barbecue to be inferior to Korean, where you have a mini-barbecue pit built into the table where you can cook raw, marinated meats of almost any kind to your heart's content. There are wonderful Korean buffet barbecues in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C., where, for about $20, you can eat as much barbecue as you can cook.
But if we must talk about American barbecue (which comes in a close second) I have eaten much of what the nation has to offer. I've had barbecue in its many claimed homes: St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas, Charleston, Memphis, Raleigh-Durham, Little Rock, Nashville, Charlottesville, and Tallahassee among them. When I speak at law schools in the South, I always ask that students be allowed to take me to the best -- not the most expensive, but the best -- barbecue joint. I have had all the rubs, styles of cooking, pork or beef, etc.
For those of us on the road, outside the South, however, the best we can do is the McRib, no? Where can one stop on the interstates in the west and get great barbecue? Isn't it safer to stop at McDonald's and get a McRib than try an unreliable local joint (outside the South)?
So I put it to the Ricochet members -- if you have one last meal, and it is to be barbecue, where would it be? I prefer pork ribs with a spicy, messy sauce served on a piece of white bread and a paper plate, accompanied by baked beans, collard greens, and corn.