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SmokeInDaEye 10-18-2009 10:18 AM

What the Heck is 4.2?
I know I saw it once somewhere but what does "4.2 and down" mean on packages of untrimmed spare ribs? It's not a weight thing like shrimp (ie 20 count shrimp are 20 shrimp to the pound) but something about number of bones or bone length or the portion of the rib cage it comes from?

Sledneck 10-18-2009 10:21 AM

I thought it was 4.2 pounds and down per rack of ribs

mrwicks 10-18-2009 10:21 AM

think it means each rack of ribs in the pack weighs 4.2lbs or less..

SmokeInDaEye 10-18-2009 10:43 AM

Oh really? So do they sell 4.2 and up? And why the .2?

Pyle's BBQ 10-18-2009 10:46 AM


Originally Posted by SmokeInDaEye (Post 1059414)
Oh really? So do they sell 4.2 and up? And why the .2?

Really, you are talking about the gov't. They just make stuff up to confuse us.

Bbq Bubba 10-18-2009 11:09 AM

I'm guessing it read 4.5 meaning 4 1/2 lbs or less per rack. As far as i know, thats as big as they come.

Saiko 10-18-2009 11:24 AM

Only reference I could fine was in this thread:

Sounds like what others are saying, each rack of ribs will weigh 4.2 lbs or less.

Ashmont 10-18-2009 12:09 PM

I have seen at one meat wholesaler say 4 and down 5 and down and :eek: 6 and down refers to the weight. Same here with beer! You have 3.2 beer which cant have more than 3.2% alcohol. Now here is the kicker 5% beer cant have any more than 5 % alcohol. So a beer that is 3.3% alcohol is sold as 5%. Go figure.

cdollar 10-18-2009 12:15 PM

It's the weight. 3.5 and down usually means BB's. 4.5 could be loin backs or spares. Anything bigger is usually spares. At least this is my understanding.


82muchhomework 10-18-2009 12:24 PM

My understanding is that ribs under 3lbs are better tastin or more tender or something or other. I assume it has to do with the age of the pig. So packs of 3 downs are better ribs. Those must be called 4.2 downs.

bassbuster33 10-18-2009 12:34 PM

Within one of the BBQ books that I have exists an explanation for this quandry. Now to figure out which book has the explanation:frown:

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