View Full Version : Baby backs or spares

08-09-2010, 03:45 AM
Just trying to get an idea of current rib trends in the comp bbq world.(within the last year) Private poll, nobody will see what you voted for. I know some will say they want to vote "both" Not giving the option, If both then just vote for the one more used and/or more successful with.

Lake Dogs
08-09-2010, 06:14 AM
KCBS I do St Louis spares. Others we do BB's.

Capn Kev
08-09-2010, 09:05 AM
I do BBs, and have been doing well with them in KCBS this year.

08-09-2010, 09:11 AM
Spares. A little bigger and easier to cut. Also, easier to make them look 'purty' for the judges.

Jacked UP BBQ
08-09-2010, 10:12 AM
spares but who cares I suck anyway!

Alexa RnQ
08-09-2010, 10:20 AM
In order to be truthful, I do have to note that we've won with both within the last year.

08-09-2010, 12:22 PM

From the 4 contests that I have judged here in Florida the spares are used more so than the baby backs.

08-09-2010, 12:24 PM
Whoops, I almost voted but hit the back arrow instead just in time. I don't compete.

08-09-2010, 12:33 PM
Slower Lower is back to doing spares and we suck WAY worse than Jacked Up, so take this FWIW.:wink:

We were lifelong fans of BBs before doing competition, but we went with spares at all our comps (cuz that what's wins, right?) except for the last one. Our spares stunk up to that point, so we decided to try BBs. The ribs were so bad, I almost threw the box away and didnt turn in. Needless to say, they did not do well. Finally, our last practice cook turned out awesome spares. And we are doing another practice this weekend before our next comp in 2 weeks. Spares are on for us again.

08-09-2010, 01:36 PM
Would like to hear some more judges comments as well. Maybe an observation such as one particular cut seems to be turned in overcooked more than the other?

08-09-2010, 02:01 PM
Speaking of overcooked...I use BB's at comps.

08-09-2010, 04:15 PM
Baby back never do well at comps…

Lake Dogs
08-09-2010, 04:44 PM
Baby back never do well at comps…

Generally depends on where (location in the nation) and which
sanctioning body. Here, rarely in KCBS do BB's do well at all. However,
I dont recall ever seeing a spare take a MIM event. I think it has to
do with judges and their expectations. Me, I prefer BB's when judging.

08-09-2010, 08:53 PM
Baby back never do well at comps…

rumor has it that babybacks did well at Battle of the Brethren

08-10-2010, 07:14 PM
Baby backs.

08-11-2010, 07:36 AM
recently spares.

08-11-2010, 08:25 AM
Always spares.

09-01-2010, 08:22 AM
I went against the poll results this past weekend to change things up a bit and cooked baby backs. I have always done spares in comp with the exception of my very first contest back in 2005. I haven't cooked a rack of baby backs at home probably just as long. It needs a bit of work but they finished 9/72 last weekend. Maybe it was just these ribs but they took MUCH longer than I had anticipated to cook. I cooked them close to 5 hours total and they still weren't 100% done. I am guessing had I cooked them another 15 minutes they would of scored even higher cause my tenderness scores could of been better.

JD McGee
09-01-2010, 09:20 AM

09-01-2010, 09:39 AM
I also switched back to babybacks this past weekend after a long hiatus. Turned out great but they were DQ'd so who the hell knows. Not sure if I'll try again later this month.

09-01-2010, 09:57 AM
i cook two racks of baby backs and two racks of spares then see which ones cut, look and taste best. in hudson valley i almost put them both in the box because i couldn't decide but recently we have been going with baby backs.

Big George's BBQ
09-01-2010, 11:48 AM
We cooked both for New Holland. The spares did look good but the Baby Backs were better. We have always done BB. However we only scored well once too

09-01-2010, 11:57 AM
Here in the midwest (KCBS) I see mostly spares come across the judging table. As far as which ones are turned in "overdone" it's probably a tie, although BBs are easier for me to over cook.

09-01-2010, 12:08 PM
From judging KCBS events this summer I have yet to see BB's cross my path.

09-01-2010, 06:25 PM
Speaking of overcooked...I use BB's at comps.
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