Originally Posted by Brickguy221
Speaking of Smith-Field-Farms, they have had some ribs, boston butt pork roasts and pork loins that have begun showing up in a couple of local grocery stores here in OKC, but no Tri-Tips. I tried their baby back ribs once and won't try a second time. The baby backs were overly heavy with fat. They had as much fat or more than full size slab ribs and required a lot of trimming before smoking. The leanest ribs locally are the ones at Sam's Club which are loaded with meat and require almost no trimming. Remove the membrane and that is it. The next leanest are Hormel brand. They require some trimming but not a lot and nothing like the Smith-Field ones do. They are somewaht lean, but still don't have as much meat on them as the ones that Sam's sells.
Every one looks for something different in there B/B ribs or should I say there priorities may differ. As I said before I look at added salt and other added chemicals. I am not real concerned with the fat content of the ribs. With the Smithfield ribs and Excel they only have 95 grams of salt per 4 oz where as the Swift Premium and Tender sweet ribs have about 450 grams per 4 ozs. Given that includes the bone weight that's lots of additives.
With that said there was a time in my life that my only concern was price. I was not overly concerned about my health.
I prefer regular spares to Baby Backs it's just my opinion that they have better flavor. This may be because they have more fat or that they have some belly meat on them. .
You not will see Beef products from Smith field except in there hot dogs or perhaps there sausage type links. They are Hog producer and hog meat distributors. Jted