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Bayou Boogie BBQ
05-02-2010, 05:03 PM
I've been using John Morrell Ribs for my comps, but the store I've been buying them from no longer sells them. They are selling Excel now. Anybody ever cook them? Are they any good? Any other brand recommendations? Thanks

River City Smokehouse
05-02-2010, 05:54 PM
I don't care for Excel. There is too much inconsistency in their products. I like Seaboard "Prairie Fresh." Their ribs are very meaty and consistently so.

Woodreaux BBQ
05-02-2010, 06:14 PM
Swift when i can get them. Sam's carry Prairie Fresh sometime. I liked J Morrell also when i can get them. Good luck in finding some consistency

Bayou Boogie BBQ
05-02-2010, 06:26 PM
I saw Smithfield at Sams last time I went. I tried Prairie Fresh Web site to find a retailer, but they dont have any in this area. Where do you get Swift?

RobKC
05-02-2010, 08:07 PM
I bought Swift at Costco last time I was there.

bigracksbbq
05-02-2010, 08:56 PM
We use Curleys at my restaurant, used them in the last comp and got 7th out 110.

Bayou Boogie BBQ
05-02-2010, 08:58 PM
I bought Swift at Costco last time I was there.
No Costcos in Louisiana.

Woodreaux BBQ
05-02-2010, 09:39 PM
No Costcos in Louisiana.

what part of Louisiana?

Bayou Boogie BBQ
05-02-2010, 10:28 PM
Hammond, LA

Dustaway
05-03-2010, 08:39 AM
you can go to Sam's Club in Slidell

181 Northshore Boulevard
Slidell, LA 70460
(985) 641-1401

RubMeTender
05-03-2010, 09:54 AM
I dont know many of the brands you are all talking about, as they dont carry them down here. If you can get IBP they are great. Just stay away from Smithfield. Apparently their butchers use their bare hands to trim meat, because they are horrible quality.

Bayou Boogie BBQ
05-03-2010, 02:00 PM
you can go to Sam's Club in Slidell

181 Northshore Boulevard
Slidell, LA 70460
(985) 641-1401


The Sams in Slidell only had Smithfield. I'm going to Baton Rouge tomorrow. They got 2 Sams, maybe I can find them at one of those.
I'll look into IBP too. I havent looked at the ribs lately, but I buy IBP briskets from a local supermarket.

musicmanryann
05-03-2010, 02:14 PM
I started getting swift and have been pleased it compared to ibp. One, they come two to a cryovac instead of three so you can sift out all the shiners and look for marbling on all of them. Two, they seem to have redder meat, which I like. Three, the bones seem straighter--although this could be just the few times I have used them.

The only problem is Costco (swift) is an hour away and Sam's (ibp) is 5 minutes.

NateOwsley
05-03-2010, 09:00 PM
I use GFS (Gordon's Food Service) theirs are pre-trimmed so all I have to do is take off the membrane. Consistent shape and meatiness.