St louis V/S Baby Backs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jmedic25, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. jmedic25

    jmedic25 Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Time for a old debate to resurface. I have a big cook coming up (big for me) like 25 people. Anyway I was a the store yesterday and they had a good price on spares already trimmed to St louis style. The babys were the same price as the St louis ribs. My question to Ya'll is... What would yall rather eat. Babys or St louis style ribs? Just curious.. As always.. Thanks.
  2. linescum

    linescum Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    i buy all spares and trim them down to st. louis style i think you get more meat for less price
  3. big tex

    big tex Newbie

    I prefer babys seems like there is more meat.
  4. bigal

    bigal Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I like to trim my own spares and use the meat for snack'n, beans, and the dog.

    Between trimmed spares or b-backs, I guess I'd say spares. I haven't done many b-backs for a long time.

    What every you buy, you should get a discount as you'll be buy'n alot of ribs.

    Good luck on your big cook!
  5. bustedluckbarbq

    bustedluckbarbq Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I love both... baby's are a little easier handling from plate to mouth.... seems like i end up with a little less all over face and shirt with babys too- lol imho... but love either...
  6. jmedic25

    jmedic25 Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    What about the flavor. Any difference to ya'll?
  7. linescum

    linescum Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    you ain't enjoying them unless you have sauce from elbow to elbow
  8. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    In my opinion, BBs are meatier and take less time to cook, however sides are a little more flavorful.
    When done right, they are both wonderful!

    Tough choice!
  9. ds7662

    ds7662 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I prefer the spares. Just my preference though.
  10. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I think the spares have a little more meat, but IMHO I think the B.B. cook up faster and have to be watched more careful, or they'll be falling off the bone, litterly(?). As far as tatse I really can't tell the differance. It's what evers on sale for me. I've already did both at the same time.
  11. zapper

    zapper Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Don't get me wrong, I will eat either, but I do perfer spare ribs.

    I tend to think that spares have more meat by volume if not percentage and yes I am counting the fat as meat. I think that BBs may be more lean or possibly have the fat more evenly distributed to give me that opinion. There is knid of a conception that BBs are maybe the more sophisticated or civil version of ribs and I think that alot of folks follow trends. But for me, there seems to be a more primal animal in nature urge to eat the spares. Maybe a survivial of the fittest type thing, the ole bigger is better mentality. Another thing that I have noticed about BBs is the potential for the fall off of the bone faux pas (Never really stopped me from eating them though as long as the meat didn't fall to the floor) While the fall off of the bone issue does not really hurt things if you are sitting at a table and eating with a fork over a plate, it can make walking and snacking difficult. Another thing that I have noticed is that if sause is applied while BBs are still cooking, it seems to completly soak thru the meat and some cooking methods make it seem like the sause even soaks thru the bone! I think that the size and texture of the cut lends to this happening quite often with BBs, but the larger size if spares kind of makes this happen less often or to a lesser extent.

    To be honest, spares are kind of the bigger uglier ribs because I don't trim them down much. I don't serve them on a plate in a half or whole rack presentation, I just cut them apart and pile them into the biggest bowl or platter that I have and yell "Dig In!" If you want to sit around and eat BBs that fall off of the bone with silver forks and fine China, no problem. But me? I kind of like sitting around with the cave clan grunting and gnawing on great big ole bones.[​IMG]
  12. Zapper is good, Zapper is wise!!!

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