Put the ribs in a very large soup pot or kettle. Add the salt and enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil and let boil for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain.
Whisk the remaining ingredients together in a medium-size mixing bowl, blending well. Put the ribs in a large, deep braising pan or plastic container and pour the marinade over them. Cover and refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours, turning the ribs in the marinade about every 4 hours.
Prepare the pit or grill. You should have a glowing red fire with light ash, and the temperature of the pit or grill should be between 225° and 275°F.
Put the ribs on the pit away from the fire. Cook, basting with the marinade and turning the ribs every 15 minutes, for about 2 hours. You may have to feed the fire every 30 minutes or so.
Remove the ribs from the pit and let cool for several minutes before slicing to serve.
Yield: about 6 servings