They asked if I wanted the ribs cracked or not?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by den, May 19, 2009.

  1. den

    den Newbie

    I'm a newbie and trying my first ribs this weekend. The place we order pork from asked if I wanted the ribs cracked or not. What the hell is that?
  2. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    NO idea, better ask them.
  3. bigbaldbbq

    bigbaldbbq Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Ya got me.
  4. txbbqman

    txbbqman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Sorry Never heard of that one before
  5. trapper

    trapper Smoke Blower

    Are you sure you dialed the right number? Sounds like you might have gotten "Guido & Sal's Collection Agency, LLC."
  6. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    When trimming full slabs of spares to make St. Louis style ribs you cut the rib tips off at the joint. You can feel where they bend. I think they are talking about cracking this cartilage joint between the ribs.
  7. ashton

    ashton Fire Starter

    I had to call my cousin the Butcher on this one. It means one of two things either they are going to cut the brisket bone off so that it so all you have to do is cut down between the individual ribs. Or they are going to barely saw into that brisket bone so you can seperate them easier.

    WIth the brisket bone gone it makes them like St.Louis style ribs.

    Hope that helps!


    Scubadoo97 beat me to it lol
  8. pops6927

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

    There's several ways to 'crack' the ribs. The most common is to separate the brisket from the ribs as in St. Louis style. Another is to cut half way thru the joints and bend them over and under the ribs, the fat from the brisket basting the leaner rib meat. Another is to cut through the ligaments about every other rib down thru the brisket so you can finish the cuts between the ribs after cooking. Yet another meaning is to similarly cut through the breastbone on the large end of the ribs with a cleaver three or four times, so you can pass through it with a knife down thru the cartilages and between the ribs (this was the method I learned from my dad). All methods are meant to ease carving of the ribs thru the cartilages and bone of the brisket.
  9. eagle

    eagle Fire Starter

    " They are going to barely saw into that brisket bone so you can seperate them easier. "

    The cousin the butcher knows what it is too crack the ribs.
  10. den

    den Newbie

    Thanks all, I'm ordering them cracked.
  11. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I cracked a couple ribs once, man did that hurt!
  12. forktender

    forktender Meat Mopper

    Are you sure heard the word ribs and not Crabs..LMAO!!!!!!

    Thank you for asking this question I learned something new about ribs today.[​IMG]
  13. blacklab

    blacklab Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Only when ya breath.

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