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Mister Bob 12-05-2011 09:23 AM

Babybacks vs. St. Louis cut spares - a side by side cook and taste test
 
The babybacks weighed in at 2 pounds 7 ounces, the spares at 2 pounds 11 ounces.
http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares01.jpghttp://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares02.jpg

Both get a light coating of Tony C's Creole and a heavy dose of Simply Marvelous Sweet Seduction, which has become my 'go to' rub for all things pork! If you haven't tried it yet, you really should, it's outstanding!
http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares03.jpg

I gave the spares a 45 minute head start
http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares04.jpg

then put the babybacks on right alongside.
http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares05.jpg

An hour later I melted a stick of butter, stirred in 2 tablespoons of honey and drizzled it on.
http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares06.jpghttp://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares07.jpg

About 45 minutes after that, I wrapped them up in a sauce/glaze recipe I'm working on.
http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares09.jpghttp://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares10.jpg

One hour in the foil, then another coat of glaze and back in the cooker until done.
http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares11.jpg

The results:
http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares12.jpghttp://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares14.jpghttp://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares15.jpghttp://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares17.jpg

A perfect bite on the spare
http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares19.jpg

and the same on the babyback.
http://i894.photobucket.com/albums/a...ndSpares18.jpg

So, which one is the winner? Both were great, but my wife and I preferred the spareribs. I think the extra fat gives them a slightly better flavor. Fat = Flavor after all... :thumb:

GreenDrake 12-05-2011 09:28 AM

Those are outstanding. What electric carving knife do you use? I need one for Christmas this year. Great job.

Bbqin fool 12-05-2011 09:31 AM

Great Pr0n! Love the color and bitemarks! The wife and I are partial to spares also. The added fat gives a little more flavor and tenderness. Great photo skills by the way!

Mister Bob 12-05-2011 09:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GreenDrake (Post 1870267)
Those are outstanding. What electric carving knife do you use? I need one for Christmas this year. Great job.

I don't use an electric knife, that was done with a Shun Classic 9" slicer. I think a really sharp blade beats an electric every time.

JD McGee 12-05-2011 09:41 AM

Simply Marvelous! :thumb:

GreenDrake 12-05-2011 09:43 AM

Then you must be a surgeon. Beautifully done. I am moving to a Nakiri blade for the next dry run, then want to try a slicer.

chambersuac 12-05-2011 09:47 AM

Looks like a home run from here. Simply Marvelous!

Soulman1282 12-05-2011 09:47 AM

I want!!! Those look awesome. I prefer Spares but I suppose if you twisted my arm I'd eat the BB...:wink:

pat 12-05-2011 09:48 AM

Nice cook Bob! Simply Marvelous Sweet Seduction is the bomb on pork!!

PatAttack 12-05-2011 09:51 AM

Outstanding, Bob!! Those look superb!

big brother smoke 12-05-2011 10:05 AM

Ohhhh wee, dem looks mighty fine, Mister Bob!

likeadeere 12-05-2011 10:14 AM

WOW! I was just thinking of doing a side by side comparison too, especially after all the questions on the site about the difference/preference. But the king beat me to it! But I'm still gonna try it myself :-D. Thanks Mister Bob, those looks delicious. And thanks for showing me that one can use butter instead of this vegetable spread/margarine in a bottle stuff most everyone seems to use. I have some friends who own a dairy, and when I do ribs for their Superbowl this year, I would like to not offend them!

FromthePitBBQ 12-05-2011 10:20 AM

Looks great!!!!

After the second glaze did you refoil them or let the ribs go straight back on the grill? How much longer did they cook after the second glazing? What temp?

Thanks!

Mister Bob 12-05-2011 10:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FromthePitBBQ (Post 1870310)
Looks great!!!!

After the second glaze did you refoil them or let the ribs go straight back on the grill? How much longer did they cook after the second glazing? What temp?

Thanks!

No foil after the second glaze and back in the cooker until they're done. This time, it was about 45 minutes.

boogiesnap 12-05-2011 10:36 AM

as always, nice cook and beautiful pics. thanks for sharing!


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