Hogwash! I do not want my ribs to fall off the bone! One should want the meat to gently release from the bone with a slight pull. If your meat falls off the bone by itself, then your rib is overcooked…at least in the world of BBQ competition, you would lose points if your meat fell off! I believe this term goes back even further than the Civil War, when slaves were given the unwanted parts of the pig/hog to eat for themselves. The only way they had to cook them was to parboil them. Thus by cooking this process, perhaps that is where the term originated. I cook mine low and slow. I will share my recipe in an upcoming post!