Originally Posted by roadfix
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.