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Babyback or Center cut Ribs??

Always SmokinAlways Smokin Posts: 111
edited 2:31PM in EggHead Forum
What ribs do you prefer?
I have only made Babyback ribs. Today I will try them both. Is there any difference when cooking?


  • PjoePjoe Posts: 224
    I think spare ribs have better flavor.

  • They both say spare ribs?
    that was kinda my question there are 2 kinds in the pic
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,168
    Spare ribs taste different (better in my opinion) and will take 1-2 hours longer than the back ribs to get done. They have a higher amount of fat/connective tissue to break down.

    Baby backs are from the area adjacent to the loin and often will have a little lean loin meat still attached. The spares come from the side/belly where bacon originates.
  • TXTrikerTXTriker Posts: 1,177

    Description: Spareribs come from the belly of the hog and are known for their delicious, meaty pork flavor. These curved ribs are the least meaty variety of ribs, but the lean meat is still full of flavor. Spareribs are typically larger and heavier than back ribs.

    Back RibsDescription: Back ribs originate from the blade and center section of the pork loin, which is known for the “finger meat” between the bones. Back ribs also are referred to as “baby” back ribs because they are smaller than spareribs. A rack typically weighs between 1 ½ and 1 ¾ pounds.

    Hope this helps.
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