Spare or Baby back

Discussion in 'Pork' started by malcojester, May 15, 2011.

Spare or baby back ribs for throw down

Poll closed May 20, 2011.
  1. Spare ribs

    0 vote(s)
  2. Baby Back

    0 vote(s)
  1. malcojester

    malcojester Newbie

    Ok wanted to get everyone opinion on this. I am having a rib throw down with a buddy next Sunady for my wifes B-day so should i use Spare or Baby back ribs?
  2. I'm doing both right now, but back ribs are my favorites
  3. If you are gonna use baby make sure they are fresh. The last two times I have done baby's they were flavor enhanced and I wasn't a big fan of the flavor they used to enhance them with. 
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I love my babybacks
  5. But the next question is flavor enhanced or fresh????
  6. malcojester

    malcojester Newbie

    both are just the hormel criovac packages as the baby backs are on sale for 2.99 a pound
  7. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    Both are good
  8. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Spares for me. 
  9. malcojester

    malcojester Newbie

    ok one more question sauce or no sauce while cooking?  I am thinking of doing one rack with just rub and saucing the other rack.
  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Baby backs, mop the last hour.
  11. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Its a toss up but I voted for baby backs. Either way you can't go wrong. But if you are doing a competition I would suggest doing the St Louis style cut on your spares for a better presentation.
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Bears opinions:

    Spares---Fresh---No sauce on while smoking (sauce served on the side).

  14. I second that...

  15. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well if you truely want the competition to be based on cooking skill you should both be using the same cut of ribs and from the same manufacturer. I suggest you go shopping for ribs together and both purchase them at the same time. Then the competition is based on your skill to make them taste good.
  16. flyweed

    flyweed Smoking Fanatic

    My opinion...don't buy cryovac garbage...go to meat counter, and get fresh ribs..don't matter if they are baby back or spare....have the butcher remove the membrane and wrap them up for you..can't beat fresh, no flavor enhance, or soaked in solution ribs.    smoke them dry, no mopping..but use a spray bottle and spritz them once an hour with some apple cider vinegar.  use the 2.2.1 method.


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