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Old 02-06-2013, 10:55 AM   #31
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We mostly buy spares. I like them because we cut them down to St. Louie. Then we take the rib tips and cook them up for snacks on game day. Also put them in beans. Just more bang for my buck.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:58 AM   #32
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I used to only cook BB's because that what I thought were the best ribs. Then I joined the Brethren, built an UDS, stopped precooking and basically learned the errors of my ways. Now I exclusively do spares trimmed to St Louis style, because I think they taste better, have more meat and "eat" better.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:43 AM   #33
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I'm a spare rib kinds guy. I don't understand paying the same or more for less meat. The only reason BBs are so famous is because restaurants use them and Chilli's had the cool jingle for it.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:00 PM   #34
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Wow, I guess I need to try spares again. The ones I've had had were way too fatty. Most of the BB's I've had were meaty and delicious.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:23 PM   #35
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I really like BB's, but with the higher cost it's been hard for me to justify buying them. I'm pretty happy with my St. Louis style cooks as of late, but after checking the price per lb. vs. spares, I've switched to buying spares and trimming them myself St. Louie style. Then I gots leftover meat for beans, chili, whatever.

I am due to make some BB's though, it's been a while.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:21 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by Mason Dixon Bowhunta View Post
Spares trimmed up St Louis style.

Total agreement.

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Old 02-06-2013, 06:55 PM   #37
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I prefer spares over BBs for the fact that they contain more fat. As the fat renders, it creates all that yummy flavor and moisture. Someone here mentioned not liking spares as much for fat content. I think it's possible they weren't cooking long enough or hot enough to render the fat out.

Someone also mentioned spares tasted hammy compared to BBS. I have never experienced that. Sounds more like a salt application issue or "enhanced" ribs. This is why people make it a point to not let pork sit in a high sodium rub for more than a couple hours. To avoid non intentional curing. To me, overnight resting of a pork product with a salty rub has been on the "don't ever do this" list for a long time, yet people still seem to think it's OK to do this with their pork. If you want ham, buy ham.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:41 PM   #38
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If out at a restaurant I prefer baby back for some reason. At home spares. Around here bbs are usually $2 higher per pound. I can get 2 slabs of spares for $16-20 where one baby back slab will cost almost that for one.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:31 PM   #39
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Originally Posted by ksu1971 View Post
You gotta love auto correct on iPhones. I meant I prefer BBs.
Lol! There is a website of just auto-correct fails....too funny.
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