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mayor al

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Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Mon, 06/2/08 3:44 PM (permalink)

I am usually singing praises of the Costco shopping experience, but this time I will describe what I think has been the worst BBQ Ribs I have ever tasted. We had a coupon for Curley's Baby Back Ribs ($4.00 off a normal $12 price) Sold in a 'precooked and sauced' 3 lb rack- cryovac sealed. You are supposed to grill or oven heat them and serve.
These were the worst disinagrating mess I have ever tried. The bones fell apart when we tried to pick a rib up, and the meat was the consistency of gelatin. It was difficult to tell the meat from the sauce visually. The sauce was sugar sweet and had little other flavor.

All in All a very poor experiment for us. We will not do that again. I don't care much for the pre-packaged BBQ that Costco sells with the Montgomery Inn label...However It it is wonderful when compared to this mess from Curleys!!
 
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    brittneal

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    RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Mon, 06/2/08 3:57 PM (permalink)
    Really, I would have prefered that. We tried Kroger private selection sauced ribs. So tough the meat had to lieterally scraped from the bone and tougher than leather. Neither of us could eat any part of them. The regular cost was 11.95 and we got these on sale for 8 bux. They were never under heat but sold in the deli counter
    britt
     
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      jeepguy

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      RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Mon, 06/2/08 4:34 PM (permalink)
      They sell those everywhere in Chicago. BBQ in the little tubs too. I've always stayed away. I'm surprised you bit,Al.
       
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        mayor al

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        RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Mon, 06/2/08 4:57 PM (permalink)
        Jeepguy,
        There's one born every minute, and apparently it was my turn !!
         
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          John A

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          RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Mon, 06/2/08 5:57 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

          Jeepguy,
          There's one born every minute, and apparently it was my turn !!



          LOL. I think most of us have been there and done that Al, you are right, it was your turn.
           
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            dannybotz

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            RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Mon, 06/2/08 6:09 PM (permalink)
            heres what really sucks!!! i just got home from stop and shop with a bucket of curleys ribs!!!! aaaahhhhhh i was about 5 mins from poppin them in the oven!! oh boy!!
             
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              chewingthefat

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              RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Mon, 06/2/08 6:09 PM (permalink)
              I love Costco also, I tried the Curley ribs to compare them to some others I like, I thought I was on Candid Camera, they were SOOOOOO awful. I cannot believe anyone would buy them a second time, or Costco would carry them, absolute garbage!
               
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                Salustra

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                RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Mon, 06/2/08 6:11 PM (permalink)
                This is a rare deviation from their usually quality. Thanks for the warning.
                 
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                  dannybotz

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                  RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Mon, 06/2/08 6:12 PM (permalink)
                  OH WELL maybe ill cook em, strip em down and make bbq sandwiches might be slightly better if i mix in some of my own sauce and spice then!!
                   
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                    jeepguy

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                    RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Mon, 06/2/08 6:35 PM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by dannybotz

                    heres what really sucks!!! i just got home from stop and shop with a bucket of curleys ribs!!!! aaaahhhhhh i was about 5 mins from poppin them in the oven!! oh boy!!


                    LOL!I've seen the rib buckets too. Come on we've all had the cryovac ribs so we kinda know what to expect, but something always scared me about Curley's.
                     
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                      Twinwillow

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                      RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Mon, 06/2/08 7:11 PM (permalink)
                      I will absolutely not buy any, "pre-cooked" food product of any kind! Period!
                       
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                        Michael Hoffman

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                        RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Mon, 06/2/08 7:22 PM (permalink)
                        quote:
                        Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


                        I don't care much for the pre-packaged BBQ that Costco sells with the Montgomery Inn label...However It it is wonderful when compared to this mess from Curleys!!

                        We bought those Montgomery Inn rib packages at Kroger a couple of times years ago, and if you're saying the brand you got at Costco was worse, then I have to say you're fortunate to still be among the living.
                         
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                          mayor al

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                          RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Mon, 06/2/08 8:00 PM (permalink)

                          Danny,
                          Get the bones out of them and you can fool the kids into believing you have a load of "McRib's? for them !!
                           
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                            markolenski

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                            RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Mon, 06/2/08 8:10 PM (permalink)
                            Costco dropped Lloyd's to switch to Curleys. From bad to awful.
                             
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                              MikeS.

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                              RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Tue, 06/3/08 12:00 AM (permalink)
                              I tried those Costco ribs, Curley's? back in the winter, they sucked.
                               
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                                Jimeats

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                                RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Tue, 06/3/08 7:04 AM (permalink)
                                Damn, I just bought a package the last day of the coupon offering June 1st.
                                I should have known better because a few months ago they had the same deal on a seasonded boneless pork loin roast, Swifts I believe. That sucked as well, at least I didn't care for it.
                                Well maybe I'll grill them on a screaming hot grill and get a good char to see if that helps. I'll have something else on standbuy just in case.
                                Chow Jim
                                 
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                                  MiamiDon

                                  RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Tue, 06/3/08 7:18 AM (permalink)
                                  quote:
                                  Originally posted by twinwillow

                                  I will absolutely not buy any, "pre-cooked" food product of any kind! Period!


                                  That sure narrows down one's choices.

                                  Nothing from the deli counter or bakery, no hot dogs, most sausages are out, no canned goods or foods in a jar....
                                   
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                                    ellen4641

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                                    RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Wed, 06/4/08 12:34 AM (permalink)
                                    I think Twinwillow really meant that he would'nt buy anything that was cooked somewhere else, (off premises), & sealed in that cryovac stuff (I would hate even trying to open that!)

                                    I rarely buy stuff like that myself. (once in a blue moon I fall for something, and I'm usually sorry)

                                     
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                                      Twinwillow

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                                      RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Wed, 06/4/08 12:44 AM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by ellen4641

                                      I think Twinwillow really meant that he would'nt buy anything that was cooked somewhere else, (off premises), & sealed in that cryovac stuff (I would hate even trying to open that!)

                                      I rarely buy stuff like that myself. (once in a blue moon I fall for something, and I'm usually sorry)



                                      Thank you, Ellen. I wasn't going to go to the trouble of explaining what I meant.
                                       
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                                        Twinwillow

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                                        RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Wed, 06/4/08 12:49 AM (permalink)
                                        You do know, that if you are unhappy with a product purchased at Costco, they will (gladly) take it back and refund your money. Even if you brought back a bag of the bones. Trust me. I have seen people bring back stuff they probably had and used for months. You don't even have to have the original receipt.
                                         
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                                          mayor al

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                                          RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Wed, 06/4/08 4:43 AM (permalink)
                                          Twin,
                                          If I was next door to the Costco I might have done just that. However with a 25 mile ride each way, It isn't worth the trip! We do a monthly and sometimes bi-weekly trip over to that side of town, but I didn't bother to save anything but the indigestion from this experience.
                                          We will learn from this experience !!
                                           
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                                            MiamiDon

                                            RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Wed, 06/4/08 6:30 AM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by ellen4641

                                            I think Twinwillow really meant that he would'nt buy anything that was cooked somewhere else, (off premises), & sealed in that cryovac stuff (I would hate even trying to open that!)

                                            I rarely buy stuff like that myself. (once in a blue moon I fall for something, and I'm usually sorry)




                                            Thank you for explaining, Ellen. I've enjoyed cryovac'd foods from noted BBQ joints on many occasions. Most recently, Jack Stack's.
                                             
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                                              1bbqboy

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                                              RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Wed, 06/4/08 10:23 AM (permalink)
                                              quote:
                                              Originally posted by MiamiDon

                                              quote:
                                              Originally posted by ellen4641

                                              I think Twinwillow really meant that he would'nt buy anything that was cooked somewhere else, (off premises), & sealed in that cryovac stuff (I would hate even trying to open that!)

                                              I rarely buy stuff like that myself. (once in a blue moon I fall for something, and I'm usually sorry)




                                              Thank you for explaining, Ellen. I've enjoyed cryovac'd foods from noted BBQ joints on many occasions. Most recently, Jack Stack's.

                                              How were the Jackstack ones, MD?
                                               
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                                                porkbeaks

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                                                RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Wed, 06/4/08 11:09 AM (permalink)
                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by bill voss
                                                [How were the Jackstack ones, MD?


                                                For what they charge, they better be good. pb

                                                http://www.jackstackbbq.com/
                                                 
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                                                  sparky555

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                                                  RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Wed, 04/2/14 11:36 PM (permalink)
                                                  I registered for this forum just to post a response to this thread.
                                                  Couldn't figure out why everyone was so negative about Curly's Ribs.
                                                  A couple months ago I was finishing a shop and decided to get something quick and got a rack.
                                                  Threw it on the bbq for 16 minutes a side.
                                                  OMG, it was one of the best pre-cooked foods I have ever had.
                                                  Now, I don't "do" steak houses, haven't found any that have a decent cut AND can grill it right.
                                                  After decades of big game hunting I have developed my own sauces, no one else comes close.
                                                  I can butcher my own deer or elk in an afternoon.
                                                  I am also a pro diver, and the only "going out" for sea food is when I strap on a tank and go spear or gather my dinner, I'm spoiled, and need to pick out my dinner while it is still swimming in the ocean, or it's just too old.
                                                  I have had grown ups start singing, humming, oohing and ahhing while enjoying my grill.
                                                  Other than grill, I can't even boil water without messing it up.
                                                  So when I say the Curly's was great, there's a high standard to meet.
                                                  The ribs themselves were easily the leanest cuts I have ever seen.
                                                  I have no doubt they lose a LOT of weight trimming.
                                                  Maybe it's because I grill the ribs, even though they are pre-cooked.
                                                  I know my sauce taste's different cooked and uncooked.
                                                  Also, I didn't actually cook the ribs for a month, forgot about them after putting everything away when I got home on the day of purchase.
                                                  Once I did finally try them, I frantically searched through the trash for the package so I could get more.
                                                  That's how I found this forum, while looking for stores that sold Curlys because I couldn't remember where the heck I got 'em from.
                                                  Since then I have had two more packages.
                                                  Each one was equally good cuts.
                                                  I am not a small guy, but a 1/2 rack will do nicely.
                                                  It finally hit me why folks were talking bad about them, it's probably so more folks don't buy the rest that are left.
                                                  SO, I'm not a cook, not employed in any way by Curly's, not associated with any of them.
                                                  But, I do appreciate the high quality of every package I have purchased.
                                                  Hope you all have a great day.
                                                  Be Blessed
                                                   
                                                   
                                                   
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                                                    chewingthefat

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                                                    RE: Bad BBQ Ribs from Costco Thu, 04/3/14 12:16 PM (permalink)
                                                    sparky555


                                                    I registered for this forum just to post a response to this thread.
                                                    Couldn't figure out why everyone was so negative about Curly's Ribs.
                                                    A couple months ago I was finishing a shop and decided to get something quick and got a rack.
                                                    Threw it on the bbq for 16 minutes a side.
                                                    OMG, it was one of the best pre-cooked foods I have ever had.
                                                    Now, I don't "do" steak houses, haven't found any that have a decent cut AND can grill it right.
                                                    After decades of big game hunting I have developed my own sauces, no one else comes close.
                                                    I can butcher my own deer or elk in an afternoon.
                                                    I am also a pro diver, and the only "going out" for sea food is when I strap on a tank and go spear or gather my dinner, I'm spoiled, and need to pick out my dinner while it is still swimming in the ocean, or it's just too old.
                                                    I have had grown ups start singing, humming, oohing and ahhing while enjoying my grill.
                                                    Other than grill, I can't even boil water without messing it up.
                                                    So when I say the Curly's was great, there's a high standard to meet.
                                                    The ribs themselves were easily the leanest cuts I have ever seen.
                                                    I have no doubt they lose a LOT of weight trimming.
                                                    Maybe it's because I grill the ribs, even though they are pre-cooked.
                                                    I know my sauce taste's different cooked and uncooked.
                                                    Also, I didn't actually cook the ribs for a month, forgot about them after putting everything away when I got home on the day of purchase.
                                                    Once I did finally try them, I frantically searched through the trash for the package so I could get more.
                                                    That's how I found this forum, while looking for stores that sold Curlys because I couldn't remember where the heck I got 'em from.
                                                    Since then I have had two more packages.
                                                    Each one was equally good cuts.
                                                    I am not a small guy, but a 1/2 rack will do nicely.
                                                    It finally hit me why folks were talking bad about them, it's probably so more folks don't buy the rest that are left.
                                                    SO, I'm not a cook, not employed in any way by Curly's, not associated with any of them.
                                                    But, I do appreciate the high quality of every package I have purchased.
                                                    Hope you all have a great day.
                                                    Be Blessed



                                                    Welcome sparky, my reaction to your post is that some people must like them, they exist! Personally IMHO they are one of the nastiest foods I've ever encountered.
                                                    Keep posting!

                                                     
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