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Unread 08-30-2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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I just came back from a trip to both Sam's Club and Costco and there wasn't a single cryo-pack of untrimmed Pork Spare Ribs to be found at either of them.

It's very frustrating to only find these here and there at the big box club stores. I was able to get a nice pack of St. Louis ribs at Costco but I really was hoping to find untrimmed.

Do Sam's and Costco in different places have these all the time or is it hit and miss as it is here in Bloomingdale, IL (Chicago)?
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Here Costco is the same story...but a lot of grocery stores in the area sell Farmer John Spares in cryo packs...
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Here Costco is the same story...but a lot of grocery stores in the area sell Farmer John Spares in cryo packs...

Not here. Grocery stores nearby don't even have St. Louis Ribs on a regular basis let alone in a cryo pack.

Baby Backs are easy to get and I was always a Baby Back guy but I've pretty much given them up in favor of St. Louis Ribs. Just seem to like them better.
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SAMS usaley has a good supply of cryo. packs sometimes local bbq joint hits them hard and this being the last big holiday weekend supply may be short some meat dept. managers cut there orders clouse to avoide over stocks
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If you have one nearby, try Gorden Food Service.
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I just came back from a trip to both Sam's Club and Costco and there wasn't a single cryo-pack of untrimmed Pork Spare Ribs to be found at either of them.

It's very frustrating to only find these here and there at the big box club stores. I was able to get a nice pack of St. Louis ribs at Costco but I really was hoping to find untrimmed.

Do Sam's and Costco in different places have these all the time or is it hit and miss as it is here in Bloomingdale, IL (Chicago)?
If you are a KCBS member you can get a day pass to Restaurant Depot. They always have plenty of spares.
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I just came back from a trip to both Sam's Club and Costco and there wasn't a single cryo-pack of untrimmed Pork Spare Ribs to be found at either of them.

This is very often what happens on a Holiday, I have made it a
habit to buy whatever meats I want, at least a week before
any Holiday or special event.
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I can find them no problem but at 4.97 lb I'd like to tell them where they can cook 'em too. I remember when you could get 4 racks for 10.
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Went to Cash and Carry today, no spares at all.
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Our local Sams had a bunch, but definitely less than they usually have. I just figured I got to them after the holiday rush bought most of what was available this morning.
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I can find them no problem but at 4.97 lb I'd like to tell them where they can cook 'em too. I remember when you could get 4 racks for 10.
Sadly those days are gone...
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I was just at Costco here on Wednesday they had plenty at $2.99 a lb. One trick I found is if you don't see what you want out, ask the guys at the meat counter, I get briskets there cryovac sealed they never put em out like that though but they tend to run on the high side price wise so only do it if I can't get to restaurant depot.
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SAMs here didn't have anything out either. Asked the guy in back, and they had several cases but no singles. I picked up a case
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I'm tired of over trimmed St. Louis spares with the rib tips selling in the same case at a higher price than the spares...
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I second the Restaurant Depot plug- I went yesterday and there were loads of spares, St. Louis cuts, bone-in pork butts, and anything else you'd probably want. And the prices were better than I've seen at Sam's or Costco. I got a 12.5 pound CAB Choice brisket, two ten pound butts, and a 3 pound rack of St. Louis cut ribs for like $65.
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