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  • bcostlow
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    • Jul 2016
    • 94
    • San Antonio TX

    St Louis or baby back?

    58
    St Louis ribs
    75.86%
    44
    Baby back ribs
    24.14%
    14
  • Spinaker
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    #2
    Love me some St.Louis Ribs!! I love the uniformity of the ribs. I don't really care for all the thick loin meat on BBs' .

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    • Craigar
      Craigar commented
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      Ditto

    • BBQbot
      BBQbot commented
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      I'm usually in the same camp here, but once in awhile, you get some great marbling in that (often times lean) loin meat. And when you get a babyback with that marbling, it's pretty great eating.

    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Baby backs certainly have their day. BBQbot
  • EdF
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    #3
    Personal preference, I'd say. I'm a spareribs (including SLC) guy myself. Seems like more collagen and interesting stuff to cook down. In fact, when I get done working I'm prepping a couple of racks for tomorrow!

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    • LarryO47
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      • Feb 2017
      • 468
      • Unadilla, New York

      #4
      Baby Backs all the way. I think they are meatier and more delicious than the St. Louis!

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      • Willy
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        • Apr 2015
        • 1916
        • High Desert of the Great Southwest

        #5
        Both! Nonetheless, I voted BBs--and meaty ones at that.

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        • Amajeff99
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          • I currently have 4 grills 2 gas (Weber spirit 700 and Weber 1000) 2 charcoal (Weber master touch 22 and PK360). I also have a cast iron hibachi and a joule Sous vide. I have multiple probe thermometers , MK4, Smoke, 2 chef alarm, ThermaQ and thermaK and a thermoworks IR with K probe port. for knives I love my Messermeister Olive elite and my TojironDP Gyutou. which I keep razor sharp using my edge-pro. I also have a weather station to keep an eye on good Grilling weather.

          #6
          I voted for st Louis style as they came out better than my baby backs did but I am so new to this my vote should probably not count any way LOL

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          • GadjetGriller
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            I'm in the same boat as you Amajeff99. I have not had good results with BB but the SL have consistently come out great. But if somebody else cooks them I'll take either one!!
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          #7
          Can I have one slab of each, please?
          I love both, cook baby backs more often, unless I fire up th' stickburner...
          Then I load 'er up with both!

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          • FireMan
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            • Jul 2015
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            #8
            I'm with EdF & the spare ribs. I'll trim to St. Louie & have all the goodies that come with it as frosting on the cake. Plus, the cheapskate that I am, it is the lowest cost product in my parts. Then again, @Larry047 has a good idea. Well, maybe Mr. Bones 'S camp is good to. Hey. Whose idea was it that we have to chose anyway. I think this poll is extremely unfair. I say EAT! EAT! & EAT! Let our digestive systems decide.

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            • RonB
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              #9
              I'll eat whatever someone puts in front of me, but I mostly buy St Louis.

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              • HorseDoctor
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                • Sep 2014
                • 1147
                • Central Iowa

                #10
                My vote too is actually spares! Anyone offended by watching me nibble on cartilage tips is probably someone I don't want to "break bread" with anyway.

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                • cookingmadly
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                    ... and some cheapo gasser that can't even put grill marks on a hot dog.

                  #11
                  I was raised a baby back guy... but after reading here, reading Meathead's book, and watching some videos online, I decided I might be wrong about that and gave a slab of St. Louis a try recently and loved them. Have another three racks on right now, and I may just be a convert...

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                  • Pirate Scott
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                    #12
                    I like Both, but have been doing the Baby Backs because the wife likes them better.

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                    • Mr. Bones
                      Mr. Bones commented
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                      Good Call!
                  • Nate
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                    #13
                    Gotta go with the spares....

                    although i wont turn down someone serving me some baby backs.

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                    • tbob4
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                      #14
                      Spares. If you had run the same poll 15 years ago it would have been the opposite. Not a thing wrong with the baby back ribs but I haven't cooked them as regularly for awhile. I love a good sauce on baby backs and little, if no sauce, on St. Louis'.

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                      • Mr. Bones
                        Mr. Bones commented
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                        Sweet! Do ya' do yer SLC's Memphis~ish, with yer own tweaks?
                        Always tryin' to learn new stuff, everyday!!!

                      • tbob4
                        tbob4 commented
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                        Mr. Bones - I use my beef rub as a base - salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, lemon powder, a couple types of chili powders and then either a cajun rub or my chicken rub - no salt,
                    • PaulstheRibList
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                      • Started Low-N-Slow BBQ in 2012. Obviously, it's taken hold (in chronological order:
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                      #15
                      I started on St. Louis cut spares and they are my fav!!!!

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                      • Spinaker
                        Spinaker commented
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                        Get on the rib list!!!!

                      • PaulstheRibList
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                        #Exactly!

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