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Baby back ribs slight odor

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Have been smoking meats for about 2 years. Usually do beef ribs but my son wanted baby backs for a party. Anyway, bought 8 racks and one of the racks the meat is a little darker and has an odor to it. For what it's with the supermarket still has two days on the label to sell it. Probably still good but wanted to check with you guys before I smoke them. Thanks
post #2 of 6

If it is an off odor (somewhat offensive), that's not normal. If it smells a bit sour, and especially if it feels slimy, they have definitely gone bad. These are cryo-vac packed ribs...heavy poly vac sealed packaging, correct?

 

 

Eric

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
They weren't vacuumed packed. Did some reading and suggested washing them, rinse and let sit for several hours and see if improved. Smells better already. Will check in about 4 hours. The more you do stuff like this the more variable you come across.
post #4 of 6

Ah, fresh-packed does make a difference. Rinse, wrap and wait should tell you more over time...you're on the right track.

 

 

Eric

post #5 of 6
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Just to finish thread in case someone else has similar issue. After 4 hrs, smell was gone. If they still smelled, I wasn't going to cook it. Marinaded them this am and currently in smoker.
post #6 of 6
Post some pics :-)
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