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ot SuperTarget BBribs

rosrosrosros Posts: 408
edited 9:58PM in EggHead Forum
Saw ad this morning for hormel always tender baby back ribs for 1.79/lb. The always tender probably means enhanced cyro vac. Still a great price for the upcoming 4th.

These type of ribs are loin back ribs and not the true thinner baby backs, but still tasty.


  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    remember that the "enhanced" means basically they have been brined, and that up to 15% of the total weight is "solution added" (or, brine, basically saltwater, etc.).

    that means, at 1.79 per pound, hormel pork (the meat) actually costs 2.10 per pound. the other way to look at it is that you are paying 26 cents out of every pound for just water.

    cryovac is great, but the solution added stuff is a rip-off (profit maker)
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • rosrosrosros Posts: 408
    I agree on the enhanced solution. Even at the supermarket meat counter the ribs are usually from the enhanced ribs, but they do not tell you. I go specifically to stores that advertise their meats do not contain any solution. Tender cuts like baby backs do not need enhancements and actually changes their texture. And correct, the enhanced is an extra 12% profit or you are getting 12% less meat.

    One good thing about enhanced meat is higher temp quick cook if you are in a hurry.
  • TomM24TomM24 Posts: 1,364
    Ribs are never OT. Two weeks ago I saw cryovaced half racks of ribs in the Weis in Hamlin PA. Never saw that before.
  • CrimsongatorCrimsongator Posts: 5,795
    OK, so $2.10 is still a good price for these ribs. I took advantage of the $1.49 St Louis ribs they had a month ago.
  • rosrosrosros Posts: 408
    I also see enhanced chicken....ugh. Has a strange aftertaste. If I want to marinade my chik, I want to use my own solution.
  • plus he can make them fall off the bone in 3 hours without foil.
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    glad you didn't take my comments as a slam.

    it's just galling that the market has steered producers to this extra lean low flavor pork, and because it's so difficult to cook, they 'enhance' it with solution to keep it from drying when the consumers over cook it.

    the stuff i see at the wholesale club up here (BJs), doesn't say it's enhanced, but i always assume it probably is. ain't like anyone behind the counter can actually answer the question. hahaha

    it's usually 1.99 a pound for spares i think, at BJs.
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,773
    BJ's, Sam's or Costco's Ribs are NOT enhanced..
  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,773
    They have to by law tell you they added a solution to the package.

    Somewhere on that that they will say 5-15% solution added.. Same with Chicken, though chicken is enhanced with broth.

    Enhanced Pork + Brine + Low heat + time = HAM.. If I want ham I will buy ham.
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