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Unread 12-31-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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Red face Are these even spareribs?

Hi there.

I was wondering if anybody could tell me if these are infact spareribs (pic below)
They were sold my grocer as spareribs but in all the photos I have seen of spareribs sold in the US, the bones are not as curved.
I tried to cut them into st Louis style but I dont have a bone saw.
They also didnt have very much meat on them.

Thanks for your insight.



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Unread 12-31-2011, 11:11 PM   #2
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Those look like very large loinbacks (aka babybacks), not spareribs.
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Unread 12-31-2011, 11:13 PM   #3
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Thats what I thought.

Does anybody else agree?

Thanks Vinny.
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I am leaning towards baby backs as well, the bone has way to much curve to be spares.
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arent they kinda long to be babies?
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The back and spare ribs (not separated) off of a small pig maybe?
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Looks like loin backs, not belly spares.
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yeah theyre lionbacks
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Looks like I will be going to a pork specialist with a printout of where the spareribs are located in a pig to try to teach them here in New Zealand.
I wonder if actual spareribs will be cheaper than the ones I paid for.
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It's both... the curved section is the baby back and the longer section is the spare.

Think of it this way... the bottom of the babyback and the bottom of the spare is where they are connected. OR the top of the babyback is the spine and the top of the spare (cartilage) is the sternum.

So yah... it's both.
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Thats a pretty small pig then right?
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Definitely looks that way.
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Thanks Phrasty :-)

Btw, I am reading your massive thread at the moment :-) Nice BBQ; totally jealous here.
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I've seen my fair share of "large" racks of baby backs, with longer than typical bones.... Maybe a chart like this might be handy to show the butcher shop.


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