Pricing baby back ribs

Discussion in 'Pork' started by lazykitty, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. lazykitty

    lazykitty Fire Starter

    I'm planning on doing baby back ribs on Saturday, and I see Food Lion has them for $2.95 lbs.  I was just at Harris Teeters, and they had bogo on Smithfield baby backs (ends up being $3.25 lb).  I've never purchased baby backs before, does $2.95 sound reasonable?  Just curious as to what everybody else is paying.  This is in Delaware.
  2. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Out here they are normally $3.99 lb or more. On sale, $2.99 if we're lucky.
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Around here, you would be super lucky to find them under $3.99. Often $5.49 !!!

    That's why I usually do Spares.

  4. 2.95 is a good price. I am going to Food Lion this weekend and getting some. I'm surprised Teeters didn't jack them up to 8.99 before putting them on BOGO.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2013
  5. lazykitty

    lazykitty Fire Starter

    LOL...Actually Teeters did jack them up to $6.49 lb...BOGO makes them $3.25 lb.
  6. Sounds about right.
  7. I was at SAMs club the other day and they had baby backs for $2.48/lb
  8. I just paid $4.85lb.  I had ordered spare ribs but they gave me the wrong thing and now I am stuck.  Oh well hope they turn out well.
  9. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sam's the the cheapest around here and $2.98 is normal, sometimes less on sale.  Everybody else seems to be $3.95 and up
  10. jdmvette

    jdmvette Newbie

    they are usually 2.69 at my local costco. 

    walmart just jumped from 2.78 to 3.37/lb.
  11. kryinggame

    kryinggame Smoking Fanatic

    I apologize for not directly answering your question but I just bought a 3 pack of St. Louis style ribs from Costco.  I got them for $23.00.

    The reality is, ribs like everything has gone up.

    I prefer spare ribs and then to cut them down to St. Louis, since it's pretty much the same (in my opinion) as BB.  But now, Costco no longer sells Spare ribs.
  12. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My local Costco still has spares. Just saw some St. Louis style the other day. Problem is, I can't stand the cartilage in them.
  13. I got 3 racks of BB for 2.88/lb at Sam's yesterday.
  14. jdmvette

    jdmvette Newbie

    Here's what I did yesterday.

    These BB from Costco were even cheaper then when I saw them last week!

    First time using the MES for ribs and they came out the best I've ever made.

    The wife, kids and neighbors all loved them.

    Can't wait to make some more!
  15. Nice. Swift ribs are better than Smithfield in my experience. That's a great deal.
  16. Our markets here, including Food Lion and Ingles, have BB ribs on sale pretty frequently. Under $3.00/# is good. Just be sure they are BB and not St. Louis cut ribs. I've seen markets play that game a time or two, but it was probably a butcher trainee error?!?!
  17. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    As far as I'm concerned st louis's are meatier, tastier, and cheaper than bb's. Cook 'em right and just as tender too. BTW..... loin back ribs are not classified as bb's.
  18. jdmvette

    jdmvette Newbie

    Baby back ribs (or loin ribs, back ribs) are taken from the top of the rib cage between the spine and the spare ribs, below the loin muscle. The designation "baby" indicates the cuts are from market-weight hogs (240–270 lbs.), rather than adult hogs (500–650 lbs.).
  19. Thanks. I did not know the actual origin of "Baby Back Ribs". Goes to prove you're never too old to learn something new.  
  20. We just prefer BB since there are only two of us and the slabs of STL ribs are usually large. However, we just did have a rack of STL ribs and they lasted for three meals, were meaty like you said and inexpensive. A rack of BB even lasts us for two meals. The older we've become, the less we eat per sitting. Not many years ago, my wife and I would would wipe out a rack of BB in one meal.

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