Rib question..

Discussion in 'Pork' started by texasrob, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. texasrob

    texasrob Fire Starter

    Hello I know this has been asked before but I tried to search prior threads but here it goes...what is the main difference between spare ribs and baby back ribs? Is it just the way they are cut? I know when I grab a rack of ribs in the store and it says "baby back" on the package these are baby back. Are St Louis ribs considered spare ribs? Pork loin ribs considered spare ribs?  If the package does not say "baby back" are these considered spare ribs? How do I know when in the market when I pick up a pack of ribs if it is considered spare ribs or baby back(outside of the package saying baby back) Again hate to ask such a question, but I'm a new guy who is looking for all the knowledge he can get and this forum is super friendly and a easy place to ask such a basic question.  If one knows a prior thread that can help me understand the difference please add the link.


  2. Rob, spares and baby backs come from a different part of the rib cage. Baby backs come from the back near the loin area, hence pork loin ribs are also baby backs. Spares come from near the belly. St. Lois cut is a spare rib trimmed to a more regular, rectangular shape. Unfortunately, I've found that many "butchers" in mega-supermarkets don't know the difference, and have tried handing me baby backs when I've asked for spares.
  3. dewetha

    dewetha Smoking Fanatic

    baby backs are leaner near the spine. spare/st louis are form the side, more fat
  4. texasrob

    texasrob Fire Starter

    Thanks for the replies it helped me out, much appreciated!

  5. nitroalltrac

    nitroalltrac Newbie

    Thanks folks.  I had that same question.  Great answers,

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