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Old 07-13-2016, 05:28 PM   #31
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Agree. Stopped using costco ribs few months ago.

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Old 07-13-2016, 07:12 PM   #32
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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.
Tyson was the first and main one I heard was doing the China butchering deal. I will never buy anything from Tyson if at all possible.
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:51 PM   #33
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Swift premium here, never had a problem.
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:02 PM   #34
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My local Walmart sells Smithfield, the Butts are labeled as enhanced not exceeding 2% solution, the ribs however are labeled 8% enhanced. The 2% butts are great, have not tried the ribs and most likely wont unless they get Natural "not" enhanced.
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:30 PM   #35
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Per Smithfield's web site they have multiple product lines for pork. One is called fresh and natural and appears to be natural or at least very low sodium added and another called extra tender shows a lot of sodium relative to the fresh and natural. Generally anytime you see tender in the description of a pork product it is enhanced. Like Kroger's labeling for pork of moist and tender.

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Old 07-13-2016, 09:14 PM   #36
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The ribs I last bought at Costco were Swift They were pretty good.

My regular grocery store sells Hormel. This may just be local. They have a plant in a small town about half an hour West of here. They have always been terrific. They are also about the same price as Costco.

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Old 07-13-2016, 11:27 PM   #37
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I too have not had luck with Costco baby backs....side ribs are ok but baby success.
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Old 07-14-2016, 03:05 AM   #38
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Here In Phoenix We get Swift or ribs packaged by Costco .. I prefer the ones done by Costco over swift .. never heard of the brand you mentioned...I also By farmer John at Smart and final with no issues.
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Old 07-14-2016, 11:27 AM   #39
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I feel ya Red I've had bad experiences with backs & the spares are cut to close to the bacon
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Old 07-14-2016, 12:16 PM   #40
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I completely agree. These ribs don't work for me. I will stick to Costco brisket and Pork Belly. Their butts aren't bone in so those are out too.
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Old 07-14-2016, 06:21 PM   #41
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Target around here carries Hormel "Always Tender" St. Louis Spares. I bought some during a sale and they were very enhanced, and most likely frozen and thawed once if not twice before being put out for sale.

I dubbed them Hormel "Always Terrible" and never bought again. Costco in my area carries Swift ribs and they aren't bad, and come with the membrane already removed.
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Old 07-14-2016, 08:38 PM   #42
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Up until this year my Costco always carried smithfield ribs, and they were terrible. I stopped buying ribs there because they always stunk and tasted awful. This year they started carrying Swift so I gave them a shot and they turned out great.
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