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View Poll Results: ST. LOUIS OR BABY BACK?
ST. LOUIS 34 75.56%
BABY BACK 11 24.44%
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Unread 03-01-2011, 03:23 PM   #1
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Which one do the judges prefer? St. Louis or baby back?
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Unread 03-01-2011, 04:27 PM   #2
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I don't know if judges really care. But, I see spares more often. keith
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STL spares are more forgiving, I think.
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KCBS definitely St Louis
MBN definitely Baby Backs
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My team has pulled a 2nd and 3rd place finish in the past 6 comps with back ribs at KCBS events....It's my belief if you can give them a perfectly cooked/presented back rib, they'll take it every time over the spares. It's just very, very hard to do that consistently. Spares give room for error.
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It's all about taste, tenderness, and texture. A judge's taste buds are blind...
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I changed a little bit last year in Sept n got third in a tough field. Then went with somthin I'd been playing with @ Degaque against the big boys and took 1st. One appearance point from a 180. St louiee all the way!!! We'll see how it does starting out this year.
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All I know is that we have done much better with spares....unless your pitbit$h removes the water pan, because the cooker aint at temp, beause your cooking at high altitude..... and then you end up burning the bottoms of all of your racks.

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So, yeah...ummm Spares!
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One judge's opinion: No bias toward either and I've had excellent examples of both turned in. It is the whole package that counts -- appearance, flavor, texture -- and either can be a winner.

In my experience (4 years) I've seen a lot more spares than bb's show up in the box. I think this may be because spares are sometimes a bit less expensive and, with proper trimming, maybe a bit easier to get uniform in appearance. Sometimes they are also meatier.

For my personal "friends and family" non-contest cooking I often go with baby backs because they are easier to prepare (no trimming, just skin 'em).
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St louie!!!!!!!!!! :-p
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As a judge I do not have a bias, but as a cook I do spares.

Only becuase I am used to it, and know what I need from spares. I have tried baby backs - I actually like eating baby backs over spares. Maybe I should play around more.
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I always look for the smallest bones on the Baby's. They are more tender and sweet. Smaller the bone, sweeter the meat. I just won a contest a few months ago here locally. It was against 3 resteraunt owners in town here. I smoked them.. Literally..

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As a judge I do not have a bias, but as a cook I do spares.

Only becuase I am used to it, and know what I need from spares. I have tried baby backs - I actually like eating baby backs over spares. Maybe I should play around more.
since u are a judge, just what do the judges look for in a rib in general?
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as a judge you are not supposed to have a bias. But in reality you do. It's just like when they tell you to not judge a smoke ring, or chicken without skin. It's hard to do that in reality, and I dont think that I can really do it. You have a gut feeling and that is based on your preference.

that being said, I really just look for a great rib. I personally prefer the STL, so I am sure that there is a subconscience reaction to them that favors them over backs.
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Smaller the bone, sweeter the meat.
Is that like "Blacker the berry, sweeter the juice"?
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