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Bigmofo300lbs
01-10-2005, 02:19 PM
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?

tommykendall
01-10-2005, 02:23 PM
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.

Bigmofo300lbs
01-10-2005, 02:41 PM
Ralphs had a simlar sale this weekend. That is why I picked up a rack in the 1st place.

racer_81
01-10-2005, 04:42 PM
pork.

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

it was probably coincidental, but that was "aversion
training" for me.

Bigmista
01-10-2005, 07:45 PM
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.

Saiko
01-10-2005, 08:36 PM
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..... :shock:

tommykendall
01-10-2005, 08:50 PM
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.

Bigdog
01-10-2005, 09:55 PM
My favorite beef rib is the short rib. They can have lots of meat on them is they are carved right.

malaki
01-10-2005, 10:07 PM
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.

tommykendall
01-10-2005, 10:07 PM
Forgot to mention - you could par boil them too :mrgreen: (running for cover)

jgh1204
01-10-2005, 10:09 PM
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.

racer_81
01-11-2005, 12:07 AM
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..... :shock:

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.

Wayne
01-11-2005, 01:11 AM
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.

Neil
01-11-2005, 04:16 AM
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.

kcquer
01-11-2005, 09:20 AM
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!!!

Bigdog
01-11-2005, 09:26 AM
IMHO, beef ribs are harder to cook well. Much has to do with the butcher and the freshness of the meat. That's one reason why most prefere pork.

cookswithfire
01-11-2005, 10:06 AM
I like them both as long as there is meat on them bones..Albertsons has been mutilating the beef ribs by cutting out chunks of meat between ribs so all you are gettings is bones :evil: Pork is the way to go if your in a hurry (especially if you par boil :wink: )

Arlin_MacRae
01-11-2005, 10:13 AM
Forgot to mention - you could par boil them too :mrgreen: (running for cover)

Farkin' 'ell man! (Couldn't let that one go without SOME comment) ;)

My sis-in-law brought us some free pork babybacks from a "good" steakhouse a couple of weeks ago and, although I don't mind unsauced ribs (as long as there's a good rub on 'em), I do mind BOILED unsauced ribs. YUK! They were gray and tough and bland and I had to think, "I sure could increase their business if I cooked their ribs." A thought most of us have had once in a while, eh?

Back on topic, I prefer pork to beef, and babybacks to spares, but price is really becoming more of a factor these days. With even Sam's charging close to four bucks a pound for BB those spares and dinobones are looking better and better...

ckkphoto
01-11-2005, 10:42 AM
I'll take pork over beef. BUT, we only get whatever is on sale regardless. And my wife doesn't like ribs, so I have to be along on the shopping trip to notice that they are on sale.

BigAl
01-11-2005, 03:08 PM
Forgot to mention - you could par boil them too :mrgreen: (running for cover)

Farkin' 'ell man! (Couldn't let that one go without SOME comment) ;)

My sis-in-law brought us some free pork babybacks from a "good" steakhouse a couple of weeks ago and, although I don't mind unsauced ribs (as long as there's a good rub on 'em), I do mind BOILED unsauced ribs. YUK! They were gray and tough and bland and I had to think, "I sure could increase their business if I cooked their ribs." A thought most of us have had once in a while, eh?

Back on...

Thanks, you save me a lot of key strokes. :D

frognot
01-11-2005, 04:28 PM
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..... :shock:

What happens in the pasture stays in the pasture . . .

racer_81
01-11-2005, 04:34 PM
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..... :shock:

What happens in the pasture stays in the pasture . . .

moo!

Heimelswine
01-12-2005, 04:57 PM
Love Beef Ribs, they have a stringy thingy in them though. I BBQ pork ribs the most though because of price and they are easier to find and Q. Decided after I went to a steakhouse the other night and got baked brisket that I'm not really a fan of baked meat. I guess since I started Q'ing that I've become a snob.