Where to buy spare and baby back ribs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by bigsal51, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. bigsal51

    bigsal51 Smoke Blower

    I know IBP was bought by tyson. The question is I am going to open a rib shack and would like to know where i can buy good ribs retail. I know lots of compition guys buy there ribs from local meat markets but that can be pricey.
  2. mr porky

    mr porky Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    If you plan on volume buys, then they might be willing to cut ya a deal. That or you can try Costco or Sam's whichever is in your area.
  3. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Where yall from? Need some info ta hep ya find em. Got a butcher shop round ya? That be where I'd start, get ta know the man an he treat ya right!
  4. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    lotsa joints around here buy from shamrock-good meats and other.
  5. bigsal51

    bigsal51 Smoke Blower

    The place i need it is in deep south texas. From Harlingen to mcallen texas.
  6. norrell6

    norrell6 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    dont know where you are from, but Costco has always had great baby backs at a very reasonable price. Dont know about volume discounts but the quality is there.
  7. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    IBP or swift seem to be the best, and quite consistant as far as size and quality. I would approach your butcher and see if he would consider supplying you with a contracted amount each week/month for a certain discount. He would make out with a better discount from his supplier, and as long as he didn't get stuck with 20-30 cases some week that you decided to go elsewhere, it should work well.[​IMG]

    remember, the finished product can only be as good as it started out. If ya buy discount meat or inferior stuff from discount stores, the end product will suffer.

    Like they always say, "you can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig".

    I think ya know what I mean. If you wanna open a rib shack, you want to have something that folks will drive the extra distance for and pay decent money for! I wish you luck with your endever!
  8. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    you may contact meat packing plants neer you are at least in Texas. Swift will sell meat out the door if you buy what they call a "combo" and is 200# of ribs at a about 2.45#, if you buy a case at 50# its around 3.10#. i have only bought case's, and quality/size varied enuff i could tell, but was good. these was Baby backs
  9. nick

    nick Meat Mopper

    Sysco Foods is a wholesaler that 2 friends of mine works for. Last year I bought 1 case of BB's for 3 dollars a pound. They were flash-frozen in a plastic bag in a waxed box. Maybe they have better prices in quantity. Good luck.
  10. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd check with meat wholesalers in your area and see what kind of pricing you can get. But ya gotta watch some these guys as once they get your business they'll try and deliver lower quality product to make a buck for themselves.

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