View Full Version : Is there any use for spare rib sternums?

11-16-2010, 01:30 PM
Cutting down full spares into St. Louis & really hating the waste of the sternum cut. Already do a rib tips thang with the brisket & flap but never found a use for the sternum. Have tried smoking it but it really did not yield anything worth eating.

Any thoughts?

Mister Bob
11-16-2010, 04:37 PM
I use them in my simple tomato sauce (or gravy as we Italians call it), the same way you would use pork neck bones. Just brown a couple of them up with some garlic, then add a canned peeled whole tomatoes (blended), tomato paste, salt, pepper, parsley, and basil. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 4 hours. A little sloppy to eat, but delicious! You can freeze them until you're ready to make your sauce.

11-16-2010, 05:22 PM
I smoke all the trimmings, then pull the meat off and use it in beans.

11-16-2010, 07:18 PM
i smoke the trimmings for st louis along with the ribs and then simmer them in with chili. good stuff!

11-16-2010, 07:39 PM
Waste not, want not that's what my mother preached. I cook all the trimming with the ribs and pull the meat for chili, cornbread biscuits or maybe just to pick at.

11-16-2010, 07:45 PM
Pretty much wha they said. I also like to partial smoke it and take the meat off of the cartilage and use it in beans, chili and any number of things that smoked pork does justice to!!!

11-16-2010, 08:04 PM
I buy spares when they are on sale(Duh!) and I buy an arse load. I fab into St Louis ribs and use all the trim for sausage.

11-16-2010, 10:21 PM
I cook and feed trimmings to dogs, they like it.

11-18-2010, 04:39 PM
I'll have to take another run at smoking the sternum cut. I use the rest of the trimming for a menu item we call Pig Wings. I'll take a shot at smoking the sternum & using it in our Trashcan Chili.

Thanks all.

11-18-2010, 08:50 PM
Beans. If I don't eat em as cook's treats.

11-18-2010, 09:57 PM
Rib tips! They go good with a whole lotta stuff, including just plain old eating them.