Had an interesting cook the other night- Went to Rainbow foods cuz they had a big seafood sale going on, and I wanted some Smelt. While there I noticed they had BB ribs on sale for 2.49/lb. Hormel brand, simply labeled pork loin back ribs. At that price, I figured why not?
Smoked them exactly the same as I always do, with a slightly modified 2-2-1. They looked a little odd, and took longer than usual.
Pulled them once tender, and sliced. took a bite, and the flavor was decent, but the texture, or grain was exactly like ham or a smoked (cured) pork chop.
I thought this was very odd, as I've got these pretty much dialed in & predictable.
Had to go to my favorite butcher the other day, and (sheepishly ) admitted I'd bought elsewhere, and told him what happened. Without even a moments thought, he says Hormel injects the h... out of their ribs with Nitrates & water/salt god knows what. So the ribs were basically starting to cure on their own, (Which also extends shelf life).
The ribs I get from him are all-natural, with minimal processing. What a world of difference, you really do get what you pay for!!
Just wondering if anyone else has ran into this or similiar.
Got 4 racks on now, hope everyone has a great Sunday!!