View Full Version : Baby Back Ribs or Spare Ribs?

11-20-2005, 06:19 PM
In the contest you all have gone to, do they require you to cook spare ribs or can you choose to cook baby backs?

NC Grimbo

11-20-2005, 06:35 PM
you can cook either in KCBS.

Willy T.

11-20-2005, 08:29 PM
what is usually favored by the judges?

11-20-2005, 08:44 PM
Which ever one tastes better. Not to be flip about it, but it's a cook's personal preference and experience that judges will taste. BBs and Spares are both submitted. If you are better at spares than bbs do spares.

11-20-2005, 08:52 PM
I agree with BrooklynQ. Go with what you do best. We do babyback's better and if we're going to practice ribs, I want to enjoy it the best if I'm spending money on the meat.

All I read about is how spares are tastier, moister and more forgiving etc.. That may be true.

However in my cooking experience the loin backs always seem to come out better, have more flavor, don't fall off the bone excessively etc. I definitely feel more in control of the baby backs. My butchering skills trying to trim spares into St. Louis style also still need work which makes it easier for me to go with babys at this point.

11-20-2005, 09:23 PM
I prefer bbb ribs. I would assume that if i was judging i would tend to favor bbb ribs.

11-20-2005, 09:26 PM
I only do BBs too. I'm not a huge fan of spares anyway and I've only cooked them once. Did pretty good but the ones I got were WAY less than what I'd call meaty!

11-20-2005, 09:52 PM
I cook spares, I like spares - if you submit GOOD babybacks to me, you will do well. Both are good and both score well if they are good.

11-23-2005, 09:55 AM
It doesn't matter what you cook, it's how you cook it. As a judge I don't look at bb ribs any different than slab ribs. It's in the taste and tenderness. I have had really good bb ribs and I've had good slab ribs.
I agree that you do what you do best and stick with it. Type doesn't matter to the judges, but the end product does. Stick with what you are comfortable doing.

11-24-2005, 12:38 AM
My butcher has BBs already cut in the case, but will prep St. Louis style if I give them a days warning. I have been cooking both, but I think that my BBs taste better. Will be next year before I make a decision.