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Unread 01-10-2005, 01:19 PM   #1
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Default Beef Ribs vs. Pork Ribs (Baby Back or Spare)

Sorry if you guys have covered this before but I just wanted to bring it up.

I made Beef Ribs for the first time this weekend on my smoker. Did a 3-2-1 on them just because I thought they would be tender as a result. Thought I had some mesquite but only had hickory chunks so that was the source of the smoke. Man they were GREAT!! Now I don't know if that is because it has been awhile since I have had any (at least 1yr) or what but they were great. Thinking about doing another rack next weekend.

What is the consensus here? Beef or Pork Ribs?
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Unread 01-10-2005, 01:23 PM   #2
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It's probably pork but beef ribs are damn good. Albertsons had them for $0.79# over the weekend. In retrospect I shoulda done some of those for Big and Mrs Mista.
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Ralphs had a simlar sale this weekend. That is why I picked up a rack in the 1st place.
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pork.

made beef once, got sicker than a dog for 3 days.

it was probably coincidental, but that was "aversion
training" for me.
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Can't remember the last time I had a beef rib. Probably because whoever made them didn't do them right. Maybe I'll try some soon. Just to see what I can do with them.
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Pork Ribs > Beef Ribs

Of course, people from Texas will always say that beef is better than pork, but they are really close to their cows.......REALLY close, if you know what I mean.....
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Can't remember the last time I had a beef rib. Probably because whoever made them didn't do them right. Maybe I'll try some soon. Just to see what I can do with them.
Not sure if 3-2-1 really applies but essentially you do them like pork ribs - rub 'em, cook them till the meat pulls decently back from the bone, spray occassionally, foil if you wish, finishing sauce if you wish, etc.
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My favorite beef rib is the short rib. They can have lots of meat on them is they are carved right.
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i like beef better myself but cook pork more often becase nobody around here sells them. dont like baby back because they are just to damn expensive.
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Forgot to mention - you could par boil them too (running for cover)
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This is one Texan that prefers pork ribs. Just too much fat/stringy beef on finger ribs. Short ribs, etc, are dang near impossible to find.
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Originally Posted by Saiko
Pork Ribs > Beef Ribs

Of course, people from Texas will always say that beef is better than pork, but they are really close to their cows.......REALLY close, if you know what I mean.....
I've been in Texas for > 24 years and pork ribs rule!

Of course, for 22 years I grew up on pork and mutton......

Beef ribs really aren't for bbq'n in my book.
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Beef or pork doesn't matter. When it comes to meals you simply fix what turns you on at the moment. Today I might want pork, but next week maybe I will want beef. Eating the same thing all the time makes Wayne a dull boy. Sometimes I might even want chicken or even fish. In fact home smoked salmon really sounds good right now. So I guess today I would prefer fish ribs with a nice dill rub.
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It's all good! Key to tastey tender beef ribs is real low and slow. When smoking beef ribs I get my best results when I'm able to keep pit temps in the 180*-200* range.
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The results of my one attempt at beef ribs, they suck. That could just be the ribs I got though, so I will try them one more time. Unless the next ones are much better than the first, Baby Backs Rule!!!
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