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Ricky D's Rib Shack: 'Kansa-Lina' Good Barbecue

Ricky D's Rib Shack: 'Kansa-Lina' Good Barbecue

Ricky Evans was born in Cleveland, spent nine years in Memphis, earned his college degree in Virginia and worked in New York before coming to Connecticut. So he's not wedded to just one regional style of barbecue.

Instead, his trademarked "Kansa-Lina" sauce reflects a blend of two styles: a sweet, thick tomato-based Kansas City version and the classic vinegar-based Carolina variety. The unique combination tops barbecue ribs, pulled pork, chopped smoked chicken, brisket and other specialties from Evans' New Haven-based food truck, Ricky D's Rib Shack.

The spare ribs, available in quarter, half and full slabs, are cooked for six to eight hours and then cut St. Louis...