“When you go to a restaurant and want to order ribs, ask for a plate of intercostals.” I had incorrectly identified the muscles between the ribs as…well, I don’t remember that, but the correct term has been rattling around in my brain since then. So, to share this knowledge, this post will explore varieties of pork and beef ribs: delicious in any season, but even more fun in the summertime when outdoor barbecuing is a favorite pastime for many home chefs.
But how did this come to be when lamb is considered the traditional Easter entree in many other parts of the world? After all, lambs and sheep are featured physically and figuratively in the Christian faith. Several factors contributed to this split in tradition, but before I cover these, let’s cover a few basics about ham.