This is one of the ultimate comfort foods. It’s as basic as a rural tradition can be without involving cousins who marry. This is food meant to feed large groups of people with the least amount of effort (let’s face it, the folks cooking ribs usually spend more time drinking and socializing than anything else). So if you’re wrapped up in a sophisticated recipe or stressing over the finer points, you’re doing it all wrong.
So get over it. Take a breath. Have a drink. Enjoy the ribs.