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Old 05-03-2015, 07:35 PM   #16
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Sorry to hear the cook went south.....

I stopped buying ribs from Costco when the prices went up. I get what I can from my butcher and the rest I get at BJ's...
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:40 PM   #17
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Ive had good luck with BJs as well.
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:05 PM   #18
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I have bought from Costco before and they were pretty good and meaty
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:11 PM   #19
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Had a 3pack of costco/smithfields last week.. cooked for 5 hours, never foiled them.

tasted like Ham on a bone. Meat was really firm.. almost cured. Obviously been brined or salted... had to foil them with some apple juice and cook for another 45 minutes. turned them to mush, but they didnt taste like ham anymore.
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:14 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by BBQchef33 View Post
tasted like Ham on a bone. Meat was really firm.. almost cured. Obviously been brined or salted....
Yes. A lot of firm meat. Shouldn't the FDA require sodium content? There is nothing on the package, label or sticker.
Oh well. People said they liked them but I knew they were terrible. Thank goodness my brisket turned out. Everyone filled up on that.
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:39 PM   #21
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If you go to costco, with your receipt, and tell them the meat was bad they'll refund your money.
I had some chicken go green on me, literally green, and they gave me my money, no questions asked.
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Old 05-03-2015, 11:04 PM   #22
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I buy my meat by appearance, not brand name-except for Smithfield. I see that, I keep walking.
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Old 05-04-2015, 08:28 AM   #23
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I quit Costco ribs last year. I've had much better baby backs from Sams and great Angus brisket from RD.
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:47 AM   #24
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My Costco's (On the west coast) sell Swift Premium. They have always been consistent and good. Thanks for the heads up about Smithfield. I have also had bad luck with Farmer Johns ribs.
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Old 07-13-2016, 01:30 PM   #25
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Default Smithfield Ribs Update

Hi All Here is a whole thread on Smithfield Ribs.. Some like them and some don't.
I tried them, was not crazy about them..My Walmart had good prices and very good selection, but they looked kinda fatty for my taste.
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Old 07-13-2016, 03:09 PM   #26
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I can tolerate 3% enhanced, but If I want ham, I buy ham, not enhanced pork

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Old 07-13-2016, 03:23 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by LYU370 View Post
I only get the Sam's IBP ribs. Consistent quality, not enhanced.
What are "IBP" ribs?
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Old 07-13-2016, 03:58 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by SeaSalted View Post
What are "IBP" ribs?
IBP is a brand name. Now owned by Tyson Meats. Originally called Iowa Beef Packers, then Iowa Beef Processors, the just IBP. Tyson still uses the brand name for their beef & pork products.

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Old 07-13-2016, 04:05 PM   #29
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Smithfield is owned by the same company that owns Farmland.
Both quality pork in my opinion, never EVER had a problem with them.

Swift Premium WITHOUT any enhancements added to their pork spares are also very good (in my opinion)... I've done those quite a few times this season... very meaty, very tasty.
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Old 07-13-2016, 04:15 PM   #30
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I know bb's used to be better. Regardless of producer. Now bb's seem to have zero fat, extremely lean and taste like pork chops. I still cook them, because at times I enjoy that taste.
But if I want ribs, that taste like ribs --it's pork spares or beef backs.
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