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Big Kahuna Kooks

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baby back or st. louis ribs? Wed, 05/28/08 12:08 PM (permalink)
Curious as to what the majority of Roadfooders prefer when smokin or grilling at home? I prefer STL style and will cut the tips off, freeze and accumualte them over the summer. Labor Day I thaw em out and slow smoke the tips that I have previously trimmed. Mmmmmmmm good!
 
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    Twinwillow

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    RE: baby back or st. louis ribs? Wed, 05/28/08 12:13 PM (permalink)
    Baby backs are easier than St. Louis style. But I love them all.
     
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      porkbeaks

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      RE: baby back or st. louis ribs? Wed, 05/28/08 12:55 PM (permalink)
      quote:
      Originally posted by twinwillow

      Baby backs are easier than St. Louis style.........


      But the St. Louis are more forgiving. pb
       
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        the grillman

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        RE: baby back or st. louis ribs? Wed, 05/28/08 1:36 PM (permalink)
        They are both great. My wife prefers baby backs; I prefer St. Louis style. Both are preferable to a full untrimmed slab, which can be a little chewy on the back side.
         
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          RibDog

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          RE: baby back or st. louis ribs? Wed, 05/28/08 2:12 PM (permalink)
          St. Louis all the way for me. Porkier flavor to me than BBs.

          John
           
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            chewingthefat

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            RE: baby back or st. louis ribs? Wed, 05/28/08 6:09 PM (permalink)
            Baby Backs, thanks. There must be a reason they are the only ones used in the big competitions.
             
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              mayor al

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              RE: baby back or st. louis ribs? Wed, 05/28/08 7:27 PM (permalink)

              Baby Backs provide a more uniform size and surface to work with in the competitions, but I like the variations I find in a rack of St Louis style Spare Ribs. We normally order a full rack of ribs when we visit a good BBQ shack (sharing between the two of us) then add some other choices depending on the menu. Janet prefers the larger end Ribs...while I love the usally chewier small end and tips.
              Cooking at home we do the St Louis style exclusively...Price being the deciding factor!
               
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                Bigl

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                RE: baby back or st. louis ribs? Wed, 05/28/08 7:28 PM (permalink)

                The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo BBQ only use St. Louis style ribs for competition.
                The IBCA only use the St. Louis style ribs (I think).
                I like both and enjoy cooking both.
                Bigl
                 
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                  the wombat

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                  RE: baby back or st. louis ribs? Wed, 05/28/08 8:16 PM (permalink)
                  St. Louis all the way. But I too never found a rib I didnt like. My tip of the day, Is too apply homemade bbq sauce of choice the final 30 min. of smoking so it dries on and makes a nice sticky coating. I know dry rub purist will disagree with me, as they believe sauce is only for dipping. But i like mine cooked on after I've rubbed and slow smoked mine. As I've done a fair amount of catering in my day I find about half my customers agree with me so i serve them both ways. Hmmm, now I gotta go get some more ribs to cook. Happy smoking all.
                   
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                    MikeS.

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                    RE: baby back or st. louis ribs? Wed, 05/28/08 10:01 PM (permalink)
                    For years, 30+, I've only done SL style. But starting this Spring I decided to work with baby backs and get them down too. So far I've done 4 sets of 2 racks and my 3rd set came out great. The other 3 sets were good or better.

                    I do like BKK's idea of cutting off the SL style tips and using them later.

                    MikeS.

                     
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                      SurrealGourmet

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                      RE: baby back or st. louis ribs? Fri, 05/30/08 3:44 PM (permalink)
                      STL gets my vote. I smoke both but prefer the spares because they take a little longer to do and therefore I get to drink more beer!
                       
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                        ScreamingChicken

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                        RE: baby back or st. louis ribs? Fri, 05/30/08 10:11 PM (permalink)
                        I cook more spares simply because they're more likely to be on sale up here and I like to always have a few slabs in the freezer, but I like them both when it comes time to eat. If I'm pressed for time, though, the loin ribs win.

                        I'm picking up some Berkshire pork tomorrow and was told I'll be getting a rack of each. I'm looking forward to both!

                        Brad
                         
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                          OliverB

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                          RE: baby back or st. louis ribs? Sat, 05/31/08 10:28 AM (permalink)
                          Baby Back, always!
                           
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                            leethebard

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                            RE: baby back or st. louis ribs? Sat, 05/31/08 10:29 AM (permalink)
                            babyback.....certainly!!!
                             
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