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Not Sure Exactly What I've Got Here (Ribs)

I'm doing ribs today, and the recipe I'm trying calls for St. Louis cut spare ribs.  These were actually hard to find, in part because I wasn't able to get over to Costco (it's a long story).  I'd called around to a couple of places and was striking out - one place even told me they're not carrying them any more (commies!).  
SWMBO suggested I try this place a little ways out in Carrboro, one we'd seen before - basically a mom and pop type meat market.  I called and the lady on the phone checked and said they had them.  So I went and asked the butcher for them, and he went out in the back and got some.  I should have looked at them more closely when he first brought them out, because they seemed a little small to me.  Here they are on the cutting board:

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A couple months ago I did some ribs from Costco, again St. Louis cut.  Here those are on the same cutting board (with some rub):

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Hopefully the difference is clear.  Any thoughts on this?  Did the mom and pop place give me baby backs?  Or were they simply trimmed differently (or perhaps just a smaller pig)?


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  • thailandjohnthailandjohn Posts: 952
    edited December 2013
    Those are St Louis Ribs.....loin backs bones have a curve, St Louis have flat bones
  • Those are St Louis Ribs
    Thanks.  How can you tell?
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,983
    One is just cut smaller. Buy spare ribs and trim your own. YouTube will walk you through. ..super easy.
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  • henapple said:
    One is just cut smaller. Buy spare ribs and trim your own. YouTube will walk you through. ..super easy.
    Thanks - that had occurred to me as a possibility as well.  
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,945
    Mom & Pop gave you St. Louis spares. They look to have been trimmed a little closer to the bones than your Costco STL spares.
    Here's a side by side pic of St. Louis (top) and baby backs (bottom): http://thehogblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Babybacks-and-Spares-640-01.jpg Baby backs should have a little strip of meat running down the middle of the rack perpendicular to the bones.
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  • R2Egg2Q said:
    Mom & Pop gave you St. Louis spares. They look to have been trimmed a little closer to the bones than your Costco STL spares.
    Here's a side by side pic of St. Louis (top) and baby backs (bottom): http://thehogblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Babybacks-and-Spares-640-01.jpg Baby backs should have a little strip of meat running down the middle of the rack perpendicular to the bones.
    Perfect - that's very clear.  Thanks!  
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • Smaller pig?
    XL, large and small. Hartwell GA on beautiful Lake Hartwell.
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