To be fair, the boiled wings are some other guy's, not APL's. APL's recipe is for the "grilled not smoked" ribs, which is fine by me, he is making a distinction and not passing them off as something they are not.
FWIW, he will know more about meat than I will ever know. We have become awfully quick to judge.
EDIT: I often (gasp!) boil sausage if i will be grilling it to crisp. If I am not smoking it, I see no issue wit this.