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    New Member - No St. Louis Ribs: Any advice on Spare Ribs

    I'm a new member and am an OK smoking guy. With COVID I can't fine St. Louis ribs and have a birthday party for my girl. I have baby-backs and spare ribs. I'm good with the baby backs but would love advice on a rack of spare ribs that I bought at Costco.

    I have a Weber rig with a smoke&sear for the baby backs. I have a Pit Barrel that I am planning for the spare ribs. Any thoughts on the Pit Barrel spare ribs?

    #2
    Cut the spares down to STL style. Plenty of videos out there to guide you. Real easy.

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    • LA Pork Butt
      LA Pork Butt commented
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      + 1 and welcome to the Pit from Dallas!

    #3
    Welcome from Maryland. We have a lot of PBC owners here that will soon answer all your questions about the ribs.

    Going to add that Porter Road is showing ribs available right now. They will probably be gone soon. Good luck
    Last edited by Donw; May 22, 2020, 06:55 PM.

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      #4
      Easy to do, watch the videos, ribs are wonderful on the PBC just double hook em

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        #5
        It's really easy to trim your own St. Louis ribs. You will likely end up with a better result than what passes for SLC in the stores. The only way you can go wrong is to leave too much of the rib tips attached (no biggie), and you can just use the bones as a guide.

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          #6
          Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!
          Lookin forward to learnin along with, an from ya!

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            #7
            I never buy St Louie wibs. Buy spares all the time & cut em myself. More bang for the buck & cheaper.

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            • ecowper
              ecowper commented
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              More bang, cheaper ... .and you get rib tips! Although Costco’s precut STL’s are pretty damn good

            • Mr. Bones
              Mr. Bones commented
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              Oh, Hail Yeah!
              Loves me some spares, Brothers!!!!

            #8
            What do you guys do with the rib tips when you trim the spares down to St. Louis cut? I have 2 racks of spares in the freezer that I nabbed as the last ribs at Sam’s before the meat started disappearing.

            In the past I always smoked the spares as packaged after removing the membrane and maybe cutting off the flap on the back.
            Last edited by jfmorris; May 22, 2020, 08:15 PM.

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            • Potkettleblack
              Potkettleblack commented
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              Good throw into a Mac and cheese if you have enough of em... nice extra flavor booster for chili or a stew if you’ve smoked em, too.

            • Mr. Bones
              Mr. Bones commented
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              Excellent points, Brother! Potkettleblack
              Ahm'a try th mac n cheese one, jus made some rib chili two weeks back, it was. Dang good stuff!

            • Potkettleblack
              Potkettleblack commented
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              It do be a fact that ribs do make amazing chili.

            #9
            I smoke them up as an appetizer. They are done way before the racks and are a great nibble while you are waiting for the racks to be done. .

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              #10
              Welcome to The Pit. I agree trim them yourself and eat the tips as the cook's treat.

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                #11
                Like has been said, the trimmings from spare ribs to St. Louis Ribs become rib tips. I usually cook the spares as is real often. May not be as pretty but very tasty

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                  #12
                  Welcome from Colorado ...

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                    #13
                    Welcome from Winnipeg.

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                      #14
                      Greetings from South Africa

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                        #15
                        Welcome from Minnesota.

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