Has anyone tried the ribs at Costco?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by den, May 28, 2009.

  1. den

    den Newbie

    I was in Costco today and happened by the meat area and they had baby backs for I think it was $3.49/# and spare ribs for $1.79/#. Has anyone else used pork ribs from Costco and how'd they turn out?
  2. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good quality meats in general IMO.
  3. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

  4. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    above average meat compared to other chain grocers. Decent price as well. In a pinch(if my butcher is closed) I will use them, and other chain grocers though.

    However, I prefer to go to my local butcher for a couple of reasons:

    1) locally owned
    2) much better meat all around(beef, pork, chicken, etc)
    3) better service
    4) cut to order.
    5) last BB ribs I bought from them were $2.99/LB.
  5. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    We have a BJ's wholesale nearby that sells at those prices. This is the 3-pak of BBs and the 2-pak of spares on the CGSP a couple weeks ago:

    They came out great. [​IMG]
  6. oregonsmoker

    oregonsmoker Fire Starter

    Ya I buy the 3 pack from Costco all the time and have no complaints. They even have the membrane removed which makes it nice. I also buy their two pack tri tips and love to throw them on the smoker.
  7. donnylove

    donnylove Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Interesting . . . I've bought ribs from Costco a few times and they always had the membrane on. Were yours BBs or Spares?

    BTW, I've always thought the Costco ribs to be good and there's no solution added.
  8. smokingscooby

    smokingscooby Smoking Fanatic

    I've gotten them several times and have no complaints, before or after smoking them.
  9. jaye220

    jaye220 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I try to always buy my ribs from Costco as they seem to be the best combo of price and quality. Plus, no added solution is great.

    I've found that the spares always have the membrane on while its always removed on the BB's.
  10. Like all the others I also buy them from Costco. I usually buy the spares since they are so much meatier and cheaper, then trim them St. Louis style. I smoke it all up and pull the meat off the trimmings to add to beans or any other side dish.....or just eat 'em up after the pretty St. Louis ribs are all gone!
  11. I Agree with the Above and have gotten a great price being a repeat some times very bulk buyer. love that chest freezer.
  12. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The costco near us has pretty good meat but I have found the sam's has a tick better meat and it's closer and it's has the 3 slab packs for really cheap.
  13. alhartman

    alhartman Newbie

    I have bought the ribs there before.  This year, the pre-rubbed ribs were WAY too salty.  People threw them away and even I, who don't mind some sodium found them annoying.  I will never buy these again, at least not with a pre-rub.  Terrible.  I want a refund actually but doubt I will go through the process.  Did I say terrible often enough? Spoiled Memorial Day dinner.
  14. Costco has a very strict meat program, google it, I go there every few weeks and can't complain
  15. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I'll have to go check them out, never been in one. I usually shop at Sam's, sometimes at BJ's.
  16. Got two packs of 3 for memorial day weekend and they both smelled horrific. They gave a full refund so no complaints there. Probably just an outlier.
  17. alhartman

    alhartman Newbie

    For Memorial day I bought 6 pounds of St Louis Cut Pre-rubbed ribs.  I had bought some there before and liked them.  This time, everyone was tossing them un-eaten.   Toooooo  salty was the complaint and I had to agree.  I was disappointed.  Good meat but I would not buy them pre-rubbed again.  I guess I just can't trust the pre-rub.
  18. I buy almost all my meat at costco, infact i have a standalone freezer just because of my costcxo shopping. Here are some costco ribs on my kamado.

    Last edited: May 31, 2013
  19. njfoses

    njfoses Meat Mopper

    I have always had a good experience with the ribs from Costco.  I wish they carried packer briskets at my Costco.

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