Hi - question for the rib veterans on the board - just opened two packages of spare ribs and both had a distinct sour smell to them. Is this common? About a month ago, I had the same experience (but it was a worse smell). The smell was so strong I couldn't prep the meat without becoming nauseous and ended up pitching about $20 of rare meat. Although, the smell isn't as strong as last time, it was still quite unpleasant.
So should I try smoking the ribs this afternoon or should try to return them to the store? The packages were Smithfield cryovac sealed ribs. The sell by date was May 21st.