Best ribs in Honolulu

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Honolulu's best ribs

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By Ed Morita
Nonstop

With the triumphant return of the McRib at McDonald's, I got a hankering for barbecue ribs. But although there are hundreds of Honolulu restaurants with "BBQ" in their names, most don't serve real barbecue.

Whether it's Kansas City, Memphis, North Carolina or Texas-style, good barbecue has three primary qualities — a smoky flavor from cooking with wood chips or sometimes charcoal; a great sauce; and fall-of-the-bone tenderness from slow cooking over indirect heat. With this in mind, I went on a quest to find the barbecue in town.

23 comments
harrycovair
harrycovair

Ooohhh, fuud prom! I still like Molly's, out in Wahiawa. I've driven from town to her place just to get some Ribs and Brisket. Smoked flavor and a very good sauce to accompany the meat.

808marv
808marv

Has anyone tried the ribs at Pacific Soul? I will eventually, if I ever get past wanting the fried chicken and waffles lol. I was sitting in there yesterday with the sweet smell of BBQ sauce coming from another table as I was eating my kalbi tacos and wondered what their ribs must be like.

macnut
macnut

To a lot of BBQ purists, true BBQ is tender but does not fall of the bone. They call that overcooked. To me, so long as they are low and slow with a nice pink smoke ring and smoky taste (I prefer heavy smoke), I'm in heaven. Mahalo for making me all hungry ;)

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

u make ribs look sooo good. will have to try joe aloha's. hoping the ribs will join carnitas and shoyu pork as one of my all-time fave ways to eat pork.

M
M

Howzit Ed!
I love BBQ ribs! I got to check out Joe Aloha catering.

Tutu
Tutu

Thank you for performing this much-needed community service and conducting such rigorous research. We will be putting your conclusions to good use.

DianeSeo
DianeSeo

Yeah, I was sold on those Joe Aloha's ribs. I always see the truck, but there's always a line at lunch, so I've never stopped by.

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

Never had ribs for breakfast before... hmmmm Great post, Ed!

NeilYamamoto
NeilYamamoto

Ed, you should also try Molly's Smokehouse in Wahiawa... and my own smoked ribs... (I no goin' charge you fo' review mine) :o)

Ynaku
Ynaku

Oh man *drool*

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

Daaaang, Ed! I've been waiting for this gallery to come out. How much were Joe Aloha's ribs? I've been meaning to go there since the Quiksilver party, but now I guess I gotta wait some more because they're gonna be crowded after this. Sad face.

808marv
808marv

@Melissa808 Holy fast response! Great review and pics of Pacific Soul, thanks. The ribs sound worth a try. Glad they were "fixed" for you!

edmorita
edmorita moderator

@M The coolest thing is if you get a chance to look in the smoker.

edmorita
edmorita moderator

@johngarcia Well, technically, breakfast is the first meal of the day, so just sleep in until noon, and you're lunch becomes breakfast.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@LFJeremy I'm sad that I didn't get to tag along with Ed on this quest. Sad face yet again.

edmorita
edmorita moderator

@NeilYamamoto I'll be sure to give it a try and add it to the list if it's up to snuff which from what I hear they are.

edmorita
edmorita moderator

@Melissa808 7 dollah make you hollah! Comes with choice of sides and a phenomenal chicken noodle soup.

808marv
808marv

@Melissa808 Yeah I've been meaning to try Joe Aloha's too ever since I saw a review of it on the Tasty Island blog http://bit.ly/amtD3h but never got around to it yet. Like you said the secret's out now. 7 bucks for those ribs is a bargain!

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