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Old 09-01-2010, 08:42 PM   #1
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Default Smithfield Spare Ribs Salt Content Question

I have a cryovac 2-pack of Smithfield pork spare ribs. Unfortunately I purchased these a couple of months ago on a whim and without reading the label too closely. Earlier tonight I inspected the packaging and read that they have been injected with up to a 12% solution of pork broth, salt, etc. The salt content is listed at 300mg per serving, according to the nutritional info.

I have read that one must be cautious to not over salt pork ribs that have been injected with this solution, even going so far as to say that the rub you add should be salt-free when dealing with these ribs. Otherwise they can turn out "hammy." Ham of course being a good thing, but not when you were craving some delicious BBQ ribs.

My question is this, my BBQ lovin' friends... can these ribs be salvaged? Would they turn out OK if I whip up a rub that is salt-free? Is there a method to draw out a portion of the salt solution? Buying fresh ribs is not out of the question, but I would like to find a way to use these as long as I can still turn out a good rack (or two).

Any advice? (Besides reading the label next time )

Thanks for reading and also for any help you might give.
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