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Old 02-05-2013, 05:44 PM   #1
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Default Pork ribs.... Spares vs Baby Backs

Baby backs cost more. Spares are bigger and have more meat. It's often said that u get what you pay for? Which rib is the better buy? Why?

I've eaten baby backs, but have never cooked them. I've only bought spares, and I think they (mine) are better than any baby backs I eaten. I might be biased though.

So again, which rib is the better buy and why?

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Old 02-05-2013, 05:48 PM   #2
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I buy spares normally, baby backs occasionally, I prefer spares. Why, because, so there.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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I make mostly spares, they are cheaper and more readily available here.
The rib tips make a great cook on their own also.
I like baby backs too though.
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I buy spares normally, baby backs occasionally, I prefer spares. Why, because, so there.
I'm wit ya. seems like spares are more flavorful as well.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:07 PM   #5
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I prefer to eat Baby Backs as they are not as fatty, and IHMO simply taste better. Cooking for the masses, ie parties, etc., it is spares because of the money.
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The women in my family prefer BB's. I don't know why.
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I love the taste of baby backs and the fact that they have less fat BUT spares seem to make my farts more explosive x10. So I will normally giggle like a school girl as I reach for spares when I shop......
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I like the taste of both, but given a preference I prefer less fatty meats (after cooking), therefore I prefer BB's. By the time you St. Louis the spare the price is alllllmost the same as BB's. Prefering BB's, when cooking for parties and masses I always put on the "glam" and never cut corners, so I cook BB's...

Many people like/prefer the taste of spares; nothing wrong with that. Go with your
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I like 'em both but Spares usually cost about 1/3 less so I tend to by more spares.
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Get whichever looks better when it's time to buy.

If the BB's look better, don't buy the spares just because you were "shopping for spareribs" that day. Best meat wins.
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I cook spares. Done BBs a few times but were never quite liked how they turned out. Maybe because I've always done spares. Who knows.

I like the spares better because they tend to be meatier and bigger than BBs. I also don't cut spares down to STL cut. I trim up any hard fat but thats about it. Plus I LOVE rib tips! They are a nice snack!
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i prefer spares. all the cook kids buy spares.
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I prefer spares but the family prefers baby backs. Either way, cook 'em right and they are good eating.
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Spares trimmed up St Louis style.
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I love the taste of baby backs and the fact that they have less fat BUT spares seem to make my farts more explosive x10. So I will normally giggle like a school girl as I reach for spares when I shop......
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