Spare ribs sucked

Discussion in 'Pork' started by rickw, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Let this be a lesson, the quality of meat makes a HUGE difference. I normally get my ribs at the local butcher but unfortunately he was out this past Friday when I went shopping.

    Instead I went to a local grocery and bought some that were cryovaced. Boy was that a mistake, those ribs totally sucked. I used the same rub, same method, same fuel and I have to admit these had to be as bad a rib as I ever made.

    I mean they were edible but they surely were nothing to be proud of. Never, never will I buy anything but fresh ribs ever again

    OK, rant over.
     
  2. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    was it the texture, flavor or both..........
     
  3. wmarkw

    wmarkw Smoking Fanatic

    like a big chain grocer or a sams/costco place?
     
  4. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    They were fattier than normal and the meat just wasn't as tender. It was an over all thing. Just not a good quality rib.
     
  5. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    A smaller local chain.
     
  6. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    i've had some bad cryoslabs and for me the bad ones were tough as hell and flavorless.............but i have had some good ones as well. i guess it is just a crap shoot.
     
  7. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I know what you mean. I just bought a case of ribs from my buddy and they aren't very good. I got them really cheap because he works for them ($1 lb) but they came in a box all frozen together and they just kind of smelled strange. I was hoping when I rubbed them and cooked them that I wouldn't have that flavor in the meat but it was there in some bites. I can't explain the smell/taste but its nothing like the baby backs I usually get at Sams. I have about 10 racks left and I don't really want to eat them.
     
  8. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    sorry to hear that rick, it sucks that some crappy meat ruined your smoke.

    And some folks wonder why i am so picky about where I get my meat, why I am so anti "enhanced" meat, and why I have no problem spending a little extra for quality.
     
  9. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I usually don't get enhanced meat of any kind Jim but I figured in a pinch it would be OK, I was wrong.
     
  10. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I hear ya, if I cant get fresh or unenhanced nowdays, I change the menu.

    I gotta make my call on the Super Bowl menu pretty quick, either a top notch butt from Sage's(which Ill have to reserve), or give Restaurant Depot a shot when I go gt my membership there Saturday.
     
  11. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I thought about doing that but didn't.
     
  12. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    thats cool.

    just think how good that next batch you are going to do is going to taste...[​IMG]
     
  13. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I had the same experience last weekend. They were edible but not real good. I started a thread on this subject today.

    Rp Ribking
     
  14. triplebq

    triplebq Smoking Fanatic

    Tx
    You gotta look for the enhanced tag for sure .. an enhanced pork butt git me two weekends ago . Like you I will get fresh from now on . Thanks for ahraing the info .
     
  15. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man I'm really sorry there Rick. You said that it was a smaller local butcher that you got them from? What was the name on the packaging so maybe we could avoid them too.???
     

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