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Ribs- Baby back vs. St. Louis
« on: September 12, 2019, 11:30:19 AM »
I have always thought baby back meatier, but I have met several people who prefer St. Louis. Not trying to start a war here, just curious which you prefer and why.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Ribs- Baby back vs. St. Louis
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2019, 03:39:33 PM »
I like both. Donít really have a preference.  I guess I buy what is on sale or cheaper when I smoke ribs.

I have read from other sites that you should look for smaller BB for better outcome. Meatier doesnít always mean better, is what Iíve read - it can cause issues with even cooking.

But, thatís just what Iíve read. Maybe I should smoke ribs this weekend, one of each to see what I may like better!
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Re: Ribs- Baby back vs. St. Louis
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2019, 06:53:28 PM »
Funny, I always thought the reverse....St. Louis were meatier.  I also recall on another site that folks were complaining that BB were harder to smoke with leaner meat and many guys drying them out.  For this reason I never bothered with BB and always stick with St.Louis and happy with the outcome.  Of course I may be totally wrong about BB having never tried them.
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Re: Ribs- Baby back vs. St. Louis
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2019, 08:28:02 PM »
Both are welcome in our home. Never met a rib I didn't like.
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Re: Ribs- Baby back vs. St. Louis
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2019, 10:37:49 AM »
Baby Backs are usually less you could say "meatier".....St. Louis Style, (just regular spare ribs trimmed) almost always have more meat and more fat, as they are larger ribs....

The term "high on the hog" fits well here.  The back ribs are from the top of the pig...(or the high point)...spares come from below. 
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Re: Ribs- Baby back vs. St. Louis
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2019, 08:10:02 AM »
I usually buy which ever ones I can get the cheapest at the time of purchase. I actually
prefer the St. Louis cut Spare Ribs. Larger ribs and more meat IMO.
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