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Old 11-15-2013, 05:38 PM   #31
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How come major chain supermarkets in the USA no longer stock baby back ribs? $$$?
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:57 PM   #32
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How come major chain supermarkets in the USA no longer stock baby back ribs? $$$?
Loin backs or baby backs are commonly available at most supermarket chains here in SoCal. Are they rare in your area?
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:18 PM   #33
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How come major chain supermarkets in the USA no longer stock baby back ribs? $$$?

This is not the case in the Northeast. I can get baby backs at the supermarket and at Costco (also spareribs and St. Louis style).
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:20 PM   #34
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How come major chain supermarkets in the USA no longer stock baby back ribs? $$$?
They're available here in the Midwest.
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:26 PM   #35
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The 3 major chains in my CA area don't. Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons, They have Farmer Johns Pork Ribs (no mention of baby on the package). They're a lot bigger compared to the size of a rack in packaged precooked brands such as Lloyds, Tony Romo, etc.

So...I dunno why.
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Hmm.....I just bought Farmer John loin backs at Vons, on sale this week, for $2.99/lb.
The label on the cryo package says Loin Backs. You'll rarely see them labeled as "baby backs"

Check Vons on-line ad for this week....it's there advertised as "Meaty Loin Back Ribs"
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:04 AM   #37
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Hmm.....I just bought Farmer John loin backs at Vons, on sale this week, for $2.99/lb.
The label on the cryo package says Loin Backs. You'll rarely see them labeled as "baby backs"

Check Vons on-line ad for this week....it's there advertised as "Meaty Loin Back Ribs"
I know of those. They're not exactly baby sized at all, and they're all I've seen for sale. Not at all the smaller sized racks LLoyds makes. I bought some to crock pot one time and couldn't get but 1/4 of the rack in the pot. Way too big a rib bones. Tonight I saw thatAlbertsons had their own brand ribs, a bit smaller than Farmer Johns, but still bigger than I've come to expect. Those too were labeled "pork loin ribs".

Ah well.
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Hmm.....I just bought Farmer John loin backs at Vons, on sale this week, for $2.99/lb.
The label on the cryo package says Loin Backs. You'll rarely see them labeled as "baby backs"

Check Vons on-line ad for this week....it's there advertised as "Meaty Loin Back Ribs"
Next time you browse there , molest a pack of pre-cooked brand Lloyds ribs. Notice the ribs are a lot smaller? Now go and size up the rib bones of Farmer Johns brand size. Do you see any difference? I want to say, thanks and also nevermind, hahaha.

I suppose...here in this area, true babyback ribs (frozen or no) aren't in demand enough to stock them. Anyone seen the price of Lloyds pre-cooked ribs? Notice how petite the rib bones are, and lots of meat off to the side? I don't see those type pork ribs being sold here now.

I bet it has something to do with growing animals larger before slaughter. Smaller sized pork ribs are just too much a waste...grow the animal a bit larger may be what's happening.

Lamb, and chicken and pigs. Animals are now being grown more for their meat output.
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I think Lloyd's probably trims their rib ends off to make a neater package. I wouldn't use Lloyd's as the standard for ribs. Talk to the meat manager about it. He should be happy to help.
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Usually, restaurant baby backs are much smaller in size. I think the Tony Romas' chain source their own ribs for size and consistency, and they probably raise their own hogs.

The only time I've seen similarly sized ribs in major supermarkets were frozen ones from Denmark, in 10 lb cartons, priced at only $1/lb. These slabs were small. And it's been a couple of years since I've last seen them.
I remember there was a huge discussion about these Danish ribs some time ago either here or at another BBQ site.
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