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rikun
05-21-2014, 05:59 AM
Hi,

I was under the impression that baby back term has nothing to do with the weight of the animal they come from?

I ran into this Wikipedia article when someone claimed that baby backs mean they come from smaller hog: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork_ribs

Any truth to what it says baby backs and slaughter weights?

bigticket1
05-21-2014, 08:48 AM
Hi,

I was under the impression that baby back term has nothing to do with the weight of the animal they come from?

I ran into this Wikipedia article when someone claimed that baby backs mean they come from smaller hog: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork_ribs

Any truth to what it says baby backs and slaughter weights?

I believe the designation is made by the weight of the rack itself. I saw a breakdown at some point , but did not write it down. If I remember correctly , a true baby back rack needs to weigh around two lbs or less.

Pyle's BBQ
05-22-2014, 01:05 AM
This is from the National Pork Board.

It is the size of the ribs. It has nothing to do with the slaughter weight of the pig.

Back Ribs Basics

Description: Back ribs originate from the blade and center section of the pork loin, which is known for the “finger meat” between the bones. Back ribs also are referred to as “baby” back ribs because they are smaller than spareribs. A rack typically weighs between 1 and 1 pounds.

- See more at: http://www.porkbeinspired.com/Cut_BackRibs.aspx#sthash.P6JZeAsa.dpuf

Truth be told, the ribs that I have been getting for the restaurant have averaged over 3#/rack. That is almost twice the industry norm.

cholloway
05-22-2014, 03:13 AM
I guess it depends on who you ask.

1MoreFord
05-22-2014, 06:06 PM
Baby Back ribs are small Loin Back ribs. About 1-1/2lbs each rack as mentioned. While it may not have to do with slaughter weight it sure is harder to get smaller ribs off larger hogs.:roll: