Costco Cured Spare Ribs?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by harleysmoker, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. harleysmoker

    harleysmoker Smoking Fanatic

    I bought a 2 pack of spare ribs from Costco a couple weeks ago in the sealed plastic wrap. Since they were not real meaty I decided to smoke them 2-2-1 instead of 3-2-1. I trimmed them up, removed membrane, brushed them with olive oil, applied my rub, smoked at 225* with hickory. Everything I normally do except sometimes I use a different wood, and I used a 1/4 cup of beer in the foil stage instead of apple juice.

    When I went to eat them I could swear I was eating ham, and they had no smoke ring, pink like ham all the way through, but done. I dug the package out of the trash and read the label and it did not say enhanced, cured or anything. I just wonder if anyone had experienced this and if they due cure ribs????????
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have cured my own ribs intentionally, I call them Bacon-On-A-Stick (see link in signature line).  

    But, you have now experienced the might of the wood smoke!  At lower temperature levels, esp. with thin meats, the wood smoke itself produces a nitrite-type chemical reaction and is what is 'curing' the meat.  This is why smoking meat is a preservative, even if no chemicals are added.

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