how do I order brontosaurus ribs from the butcher

Discussion in 'Beef' started by rob sicc, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I have see amazing pictures of brontosaurus ribs in peoples threads here.  I have also ordered them at restaurants.  

    Here is my question.

    What do I have to say to my butcher to get these cut this way for me?  PLEASE HELP ME!
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those ribs, also known as "dino ribs" are from the front shoulder... usually 4 or 5 ribs... order them as a rack, uncut into singles or cut into short ribs... they are behind or under the brisket... not sure about that.....

  3. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I sometimes see them as short ribs in the grocery, but I don't know why they ALWAYS cut them like that.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2015
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    At my local grocery store (Safeway). I ask the butcher for the uncut beef ribs. They come two racks to a cryo pack.
  5. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There you go , Case has you covered .

    Then if he looks at you with a blank stare , point it out on his chart in thbe back !!! :ROTF

    Be ready to mortgage the farm , $$$ :biggrin::biggrin:

    Have fun and . . .
  6. muralboy

    muralboy Smoking Fanatic

    All these post for dino ribs got me motivated to give it a go for the first time.  Done plenty of pork ribs, done short ribs, never done dino ribs.

    Called up local Mariano's Fresh Market, talked to the butcher and told him what I was looking for.  He said they cut them from their standing rib roasts.  Full rack is 7 bones.  Picking up a rack on Friday - smoking on Saturday with a Cherry Chipotle BBQ sauce.

    Can't wait!!!!
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  8. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great link JJ, thanks
  9. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    So Jimmy, you're saying If I go to the butcher and say I want "Plate Short Ribs NAMP 123" or "Plate Short Ribs, Trimmed NAMP 123A"  They will know what I'm talking about?  That will work.  i just have to warn the wife, we may not make the mortgage on time this month.  LOL

    I'm thinking Salt, Pepper and a prayer that they come out right!
  10. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    And Jimmy, Awesome Link.  Thank you so much for sharing that.
  11. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Thanks Dave.  I'm a visual person so I like this.  i also liked Jimmy's link so I know exactly what tio ask for.
  12. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Thank you all for your replies.  That why I like this site so much.  It's never let me down.
  13. I was looking for these as well in the past week. I live in central texas and was kind of shocked at how difficult they were to find. I eventually found a local meat market that had them, but it took quite a bit of searching.
  14. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Not mention the mortgage payment to pay for them.  lol
  15. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi Rob Try Restaurant Depot for the beef ribs. I bought a 4 pack there a few weeks back, total weight was 16 lbs, bout 4 lbs per rack.

    I got the chuck short ribs, they also had the plate ribs which I think were bigger.


    PS Did you ever try Mighty Quinn's on Rt3 in Clifton?
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2015
  16. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Dan you need to have a membership card for the RD. I wish I carried mine after closing the business.

  17. How much are you guys paying for these? I havent bought any from the butcher I found (already had plans to do a brisket this weekend), but he told me they were ~4.25/lb on the phone, which doesnt seem bad. I was going to pick some up next week.
  18. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    i could live with that.  Around me the short ribs are normally $6.
  19. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead


    Luckily a restaurant friend gave me an extra RD card so I'm good to go.  However the only onlys that I've seen are cut in half length wise and don't seem to have the type of meet on them that we all are looking for.  When ever I try to ask for help, there is normally a Deer in the head lights look because very few employees speak English all that well.  I did however pick up a beautiful brisket Saturday for $3 a lb. That has got to be a pretty good price, no?
  20. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I can't say this will work with the guy behind the counter at Walmart or Costco, but any Butcher/Meat Manager that is purchasing Box Beef or Sides/Quarters, will know the cuts buy the numbers. Restaurant Supply outfits too, some allow walk-in customers to purchase...JJ

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