Rubbed with toasted ground spices then lacquered with a sweet and tangy glaze of maple syrup and a duo of vinegars, these meaty ribs have a deep flavor and an irresistibly crackly crust. To work ahead, you can roast the ribs the day before then glaze and broil them just before serving. Trimming the meat away from one end of each rib lets the meat pull away during cooking, creating handles that make for mess-free nibbling.
One reason these deep-fried ribs are so impossibly good? They're oven-braised for hours in flavorful mixture that includes plenty of garlic, ginger, orange zest, and soy sauce, along with orange zest and an inspired addition: ginger ale. Once the ribs become meltingly tender, they're deep-fried so they're supercrisp. Once they're done, toss them in a sticky-sweet sauce spiked with ketchup and scallions and be sure to set out plenty of napkins. Slideshow: More Fried Foods