Many of us don’t know how to cook as well as we should. It’s no wonder that learning how to cook isn’t a big priority for many Americans. It’s estimated that the average American eats out about 4.5 times a week, not counting breakfast. Take cooking ribs for example.

Ribs are extremely popular, but most people eat them at restaurants rather than making them at home. That doesn’t have to be the case, of course. You just need to know how to make ribs. With that being said, let’s look into some of the ways to prepare this meal, so that you can decide which approach is right for you.

1. Barbecue

Let’s get perhaps the most popular manner to prepare ribs out of the way first. Barbecuing ribs will give them a distinctly smoky flavor that is hard to recreate with other approaches. You’ll need to cook ribs low and slow on the grill when barbecuing them, with charcoal and wood chips. They need to be rubbed with spices before being put on the grill, and they can be spritzed with vinegar before being glazed with a sauce to add flavor. It can take anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours to barbecue ribs.

2. Braise

If you’d rather cook ribs indoors, you can braise them in a pot or slow cooker. You’ll want to create a broth first, essentially to add flavor to the ribs. Depending on the pot you’re using, it may take up to three hours to braise the ribs. They should reach an internal temperature of 190 degrees Fahrenheit. Reduce the sauce near the end before serving.

3. Roast

Ribs can be roasted in the oven as well. After preparing ribs with glazes and spices, slow roast them in the oven at a low temperature. Right at the end, the ribs should be broiled. This will substitute for the heat of the grill, creating a flavored crust that everyone will love.

Although we love to eat, we don’t necessarily know how to prepare the food we love, and the more complex the meal seems to be, the more reluctant we are to learn how to make it. This means that many people don’t know how to make ribs in particular. Ribs aren’t hard to cook. You just need to decide on which approach suits you!