From the Old Skool Smokers page on the Book of Faces: someone posted a facetious question of how long to boil your ribs. One post wins the interwebs:
I always start with a very large soup pan, fill with water, boil the shit out of it until the water is all gone. Then you can take your meat out of the fridge and go stick it on the grill. By no means do I ever even think about letting the meat touch the boiling water as it will take a lot longer for the water to fully boil away, and I am not a very patient of a man.
Props to Dustin Fiegel of Cedar Springs, Michigan.