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mcyork28 08-03-2021 10:05 PM

Think I Just Ate Ham On A Stick
First cook on my new offset smoker today. trimmed down Smithfield ET full spares to St. Louis cut. Cook went pretty well. Seasoned with Meat Church Holy Gospel about 15 min before they hit the smoke.

Tasted like pure ham. I have made more than a few racks of ribs and I have never seen that.

Anything I could have done to cause that or it is just the way it was processed?


Burn 08-03-2021 10:06 PM

Yum cured ribs. Might have to try this!

SMOKE FREAK 08-03-2021 10:18 PM

Smithfield...Probably enhanced pork...Injected with ???

HogGrog 08-03-2021 10:23 PM

I have had the same experience twice smoking Smithfield ribs.

I don’t buy them anymore…

Burn 08-03-2021 10:32 PM


Originally Posted by HogGrog (Post 4501317)
I have had the same experience twice smoking Smithfield ribs.

I donít buy them anymoreÖ

I love ham and eat Smithfield often but I agree that itís what they keep it on the shelf with. No prob for me.

SMOKE FREAK 08-03-2021 10:39 PM

I hate enhanced pork.

sudsandswine 08-03-2021 10:41 PM

Well “extra tender” IS their “enhanced” line after all, so that’s not entirely surprising:


Ingredients: Pork, up to a 8% Solution of Water, contains 2% or less of Sodium Phosphates, Potassium Acetate, Potassium Lactate, and Salt
Active Ingredients: Solution of Water, Contains 2% or Less of Sodium Phosphates, Potassium Acetate, Potassium Lactate and Salt to Improve Tenderness and Juiciness.

I’ve had really good luck lately with Smithfield non-enhanced pork ribs.

Ylouder 08-04-2021 04:49 AM

As others have said...Smithfield.

Alot of the other producers aren't much better now days. Growing up I loved ribs and even as a young adult I got into smoking and enjoyed them 1-2 times a month.

Last 5 years, I've had maybe 10 racks of ribs. I've used my pellet smoker, Weber, Kamado, stick burner....I just don't enjoy them anymore after the first 2 bones.

SmoothBoarBBQ 08-04-2021 07:16 AM

I agree with just about everyone here...the problem is the "Extra Tender" ribs from Smithfields. I've had a similar issue and ever since have refused to buy Smithfields products.

jasonjax 08-04-2021 08:59 AM

I'll never buy an "extra tender" branded product again for exactly this reason.

16Adams 08-04-2021 09:10 AM

If you boil the ribs first will that get rid of the ET Injection?


mcyork28 08-04-2021 11:00 AM

I agree with everybody. They were ET ribs. I have cooked them quite a bit over the last year or so because it's what the two stores near me have been carrying. They have never turned out this "hammy" though. I probably won't buy them again.

SmokeRingsMatter 08-04-2021 11:17 AM

Like others said, its Smithfield. Avoid them like the plague. Another one i avoid is Swift. Neither of these brands are even cheap anymore. Spares use to be $1.79/lb, Now your lucky to get them for $2.79/lb. And i can get local brand STL's for $3.29/lb. Not the best price, but worth the extra cost.

cholloway 08-04-2021 12:17 PM

Smithfield was bought by a Chinese conglomerate in 2013.
IMO their products have not been the same since.

SirPorkaLot 08-04-2021 12:28 PM

Smithfield pork = Junk

Sorry this happened to you. Hard lesson to learn. I learned it several years ago

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