We're going to let you all in on a little life secret: the key to living well is eating well. While that might mean committing to a healthy diet of nuts and berries for some, for us it means filling our life with food that tastes good (in moderation, of course). And by that we mainly mean barbecue.

Of course, not all of us live in one of the great barbecue-producing states -- those of you down South better be thankful for what you have. But that doesn't mean that we have to commit to a life sans barbecue. (That, by the way, would not be living well in our book.) What you have to do if you were born in the wrong part of the country is make your own barbecue. And while yes, this takes time. And yes, it actually takes A LOT of time. When it's in the name of living your life well, we can't think of any reason not to slow down and spend the day cooking up some amazing barbecue.

After a day of cooking barbecue you just might feel a little less stressed because you spent the day focusing on one great task, not trying to complete the million things on your ever-growing to-do list. And you'll definitely be rewarded with a beautiful plate of food. It's a great thing.

There's more good news when it comes to barbecue: most of the time required to cook it is hands off. Home-cooked barbecue is not the back-breaking work you may have feared it was. All you need is a little preplanning -- for the brining, marinading and rubbing -- and time set aside to be home for cooking. The rest of the hours we recommend you can sit back and relax.

We're big fans of these three barbecue recipes:
Braised Beef Brisket
Memphis Style Ribs
Perfect Pulled Pork

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Try your hand at BBQ ribs.

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  • Blueberry-Glazed Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/blueberry-glazed-ribs_n_1058240.html" target="_hplink">Blueberry-Glazed Ribs recipe</a></strong>

  • Mo's Sticky Ribs

    <strong>Get <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/mos-sticky-ribs_n_1058569.html" target="_hplink">Mo's Sticky Ribs recipe</a></strong>

  • Smoked BBQ Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://passthesushi.com/gettin-messy-smoked-bbq-ribs/" target="_blank">Smoked BBQ Ribs recipe from Pass the Sushi</a></strong>

  • Apple-Glazed Barbecue Baby Back Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/apple-glazed-barbecued-ba_n_1058199.html" target="_hplink">Apple-Glazed Barbecued Baby Back Ribs recipe</a></strong>

  • Sweet And Spicy Lamb Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://faycat.blogspot.com/2010/04/j-cat-cooks-sweet-and-spicy-lamb-ribs.html" target="_blank">Sweet and Spicy Lamb Ribs recipe from The Passionfruit</a></strong>

  • Honey-Glazed Baby Back Ribs With Whiskey Marinade

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/honey-glazed-baby-back-ri_n_1058494.html" target="_hplink">Honey-Glazed Baby Back Ribs with Whiskey Marinade recipe</a></strong>

  • Steven Raichlen's Memphis-Style Ribs

    <strong>Get <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/memphis-style-ribs_n_1057988.html" target="_hplink">Steven Raichlen's Memphis-Style Ribs recipe</a></strong>

  • Caribbean Ribs With Norman Van Aken's Classic Sour Orange Mojo

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/20584-caribbean-ribs-with-norman-van-aken-s-classic-sour-orange-mojo" target="_blank">Caribbean Ribs with Norman Van Aken's Classic Sour Orange Mojo recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Coffee-Crusted BBQ Beef Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/21976-coffee-crusted-bbq-beef-ribs" target="_blank">Coffee-Crusted BBQ Beef Ribs recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Grilled Baby Back Pork Ribs With Molasses & Bourbon Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.cookincanuck.com/2010/07/grilled-baby-back-pork-ribs-with/" target="_blank">Grilled Baby Back Pork Ribs with Molasses & Bourbon Sauce recipe from Cookin' Canuck</a></strong>

  • Honey Apple Hot Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2013/05/babyback-ribs-recipe-buffalo-sauce.html" target="_blank">Honey Apple Hot Ribs recipe from A Spicy Perspective</a></strong>

  • Ian Knauer's Sticky Balsamic Ribs

    <strong>Get <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/14031-ian-knauer-s-sticky-balsamic-ribs" target="_blank">Ian Knauer's Sticky Balsamic Ribs recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Masala Chai Pork Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/20858-masala-chai-pork-ribs" target="_blank">Masala Chai Pork Ribs recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Mole Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/11314-mole-ribs" target="_blank">Mole Ribs recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Salt & Pepper Babyback Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/21963-salt-pepper-babyback-ribs" target="_blank">Salt & Pepper Babyback Ribs recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Smoked Ribs With Sweet Carolina BBQ Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bellalimento.com/2013/05/31/smoked-ribs-with-sweet-carolina-bbq-sauce/" target="_blank">Smoked Ribs with Sweet Carolina BBQ Sauce recipe from Bell'Alimento</a></strong>

  • Slow And Low Country Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/slow_and_low_country_ribs/" target="_blank">Slow and Low Country Ribs recipe from Simply Recipes</a></strong>

  • Apricot-Ginger-Glazed Baby Back Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/apricot-ginger-glazed-bab_n_1059882.html" target="_hplink">Apricot-Ginger-Glazed Baby Back Ribs recipe</a></strong>

  • Asian Marinated Short Ribs With A Lip-Smacking Peanut Dip

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/asian-marinated-short-rib_n_1057617.html" target="_hplink">Asian Marinated Short Ribs with a Lip-Smacking Peanut Dip recipe</a></strong>

  • Spicy And Sticky Baby Back Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/spicy-and-sticky-baby-bac_n_1058708.html" target="_hplink">Spicy and Sticky Baby Back Ribs recipe</a></strong>

  • First Timer's Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/first-timers-ribs_n_1052826.html" target="_hplink">First Timer's Ribs recipe</a></strong>

  • Smoky BBQ Baby Back Ribs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/smoky-bbq-baby-back-ribs_n_1059638.html" target="_hplink">Smoky BBQ Baby Back Ribs recipe</a></strong>

  • Curtis Stone's Slow-Cooked Baby Back Ribs

    <strong>Get <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/slow-cooked-pork-baby-bac_n_1055894.html" target="_hplink">Curtis Stone's Slow-Cooked Baby Back Ribs recipe</a></strong>

  • Tyler Florence's BBQ Ribs

    <strong>Get <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/tyler-florences-bbq-ribs_n_1052564.html" target="_hplink">Tyler Florence's BBQ Ribs recipe</a></strong>

  • Buffalo Baby Back Ribs

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