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Jacked UP BBQ
06-17-2010, 02:02 PM
I am ordering a case for comp. I usually buy spares, what size st louis do you buy? Thanks

getyourrubonbbq
06-17-2010, 02:04 PM
3# or less

Bbq Bubba
06-17-2010, 02:18 PM
3# or less

Ditto. 3 & down for comp ribs.

Thicker, wider, meatier and of course, better fat content. :thumb:

trohrs123
06-17-2010, 03:16 PM
i hate to seem dense but to what does the 3 and down refer... i buy spares "4.5 and up" and sometimes they are monsters sometimes they are real small...all from restaurant depot...and at times there are 2 racks per cryovac ...others 3 racks and ive even gooten 4 racks per cryovac...since they are frozen solid its hard to know how many to buy...what gives???

Jacked UP BBQ
06-17-2010, 03:20 PM
3lbs and down are the average size in the case

Peteg
06-17-2010, 03:43 PM
3lbs and down are the average size in the case

Hey Jacked Up, Are you saying that the average St Loui is 3 #, or that the spares are 3 #. I ussually buy spares that weigh around 4.5 # and trim them down to to about 2.2 # St. Louies. I'm curious if the 4.5 spare that I start out with would be correctly referred to as a 3 and down St Louie.

chopshop
06-17-2010, 06:58 PM
8 and down. you gotta find really big pigs though

Munkee's Pit
06-17-2010, 08:12 PM
3.25# stl spares for me. Oh yeah, I like them enhanced too.

Jacked UP BBQ
06-18-2010, 12:07 PM
Hey Jacked Up, Are you saying that the average St Loui is 3 #, or that the spares are 3 #. I ussually buy spares that weigh around 4.5 # and trim them down to to about 2.2 # St. Louies. I'm curious if the 4.5 spare that I start out with would be correctly referred to as a 3 and down St Louie.

The actual St louis cut would be 3lbs

Peteg
06-18-2010, 12:30 PM
Thanks for carifying Jacked up. I generally don't see them much larger then that around here.

Jacked UP BBQ
06-18-2010, 01:25 PM
I just ordered a case of 3.25 and down. I hope to get some real nice ones it there.

Bbq Bubba
06-18-2010, 01:58 PM
I just ordered a case of 3.25 and down. I hope to get some real nice ones it there.

What brand?

Jacked UP BBQ
06-18-2010, 01:59 PM
What brand?

they are either going to be ibp, seaboard, or one of the smiths

Jacked UP BBQ
06-18-2010, 02:07 PM
The entire brand thing to me doesn't mean much if I am just buying a commodity pig anyway

Gerrit_Boys
06-18-2010, 08:19 PM
Can you actually buy st. louis ribs raw? All I've seen is precooked ones in the store. Trimming isn't too bad but I'm all for convenience!

topchefvt52
06-19-2010, 09:02 AM
What brand?

I have good luck with Hormel, IBP and Curleys.

Bbq Bubba
06-19-2010, 09:42 AM
Can you actually buy st. louis ribs raw? All I've seen is precooked ones in the store. Trimming isn't too bad but I'm all for convenience!

You can but only by the case and they come frozen.

I have good luck with Hormel, IBP and Curleys.

Love IBP's and Curlys. Personally shy away from anything from Hormel. Just personal preference.

Jacked UP BBQ
06-19-2010, 10:19 AM
I have actually had the chance to get fresh, the only problem is the price. They are about a buck more per pound.

topchefvt52
06-19-2010, 11:19 AM
Can you actually buy st. louis ribs raw? All I've seen is precooked ones in the store. Trimming isn't too bad but I'm all for convenience!

Most of the supermarkets in my area sell single SLS's in single COV's for $3.99 @ lb...kinda pricey. I've seen them at Super Target for a buck less.

Anchors Smokeshop
06-19-2010, 03:31 PM
Where does everyone order their ribs from?

Smokesman
06-20-2010, 01:38 PM
At our restaurant depot you can buy fresh st. louis cut w/o buying a whole case - think they are 2 per cryo - $2.99/#. They also have "light" spares for $2.09/# and "medium" spares for $1.99/#. I asked the meat counter what the difference was between light and medium and he said it is a grading - from worst to best - light, medium, st. louis, loin back (baby back). If that is the case though then why are lights slightly more expensive than mediums? Mediums seem to have more marbling than lights. This is the only place I have ever seen spares listed this way. Any insight? :confused: