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Differences Between Spareribs, St. Louis Ribs, Babyback Ribs

The best way to differentiate between these is to look at the animal and see where they come from:

 

 

 

This is a whole pig with the backbone split down the center, but not separated. 

 

Let's split it:

 

 

Now, let's draw cut lines to separate out the parts'n'pieces:

 

 

and label them:

 

 

First, let's take the Pork Belly Spare Ribs: these also have the pork belly attached, so we have to separate them into:

 

Pork Belly:

 

 

and Pork Spareribs:(front and back views):

 

 

Now, from the whole sparerib comes the St. Louis Style sparerib:

 

where the Rib Tips are separated from the ribs, and the

skirt is removed from the rack along with the membrane:

 

 

The Finished St. Louis Style Ribs:

 

 

Then, there is the Carolina Sparerib:

 

with only the brisket section removed, giving easier carving into individual ribs.

 

Now, above the sparerib/belly section is the Loin:

 

 

If you bone out the loin, you end up with a boneless pork loin:

 

with the bones separated.

 

Cut the rib bones from the back bone:

 

And that is where baby back spareribs come from!

How much meat is left on from the loin is the choice of the meat cutter.

 

 

Comments (3)

Excellent cutting directions. Should be a must read for all newbies or maybe a link posted in the eCourse.

Not that I mind, but I have wondered how and why my avatar is shown on this comment place?
That's excellent Pops!
 
Thank-you!
 
Al
Very nice pictorial Pop!
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