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Old 11-16-2013, 12:57 PM   #41
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How come major chain supermarkets in the USA no longer stock baby back ribs? $$$?
I can get them in the supermarket and in Costco. Always available.

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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).
I buy mine exclusively from Costco. The price is less than 1/2 of what they charge in the supermarket and they have more meat on them. They are beautiful and extremely meaty.

They St Louis cut is also very nice. Sometimes they are a bit to lean and you must be carfule when cooking them.

The baby backs are less than $3.00 a pound and the St Louis are 10 cents less a pound. Amazing price I must say.
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Old 11-16-2013, 01:18 PM   #42
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Nice thing about Costco ribs is that the membrane is already removed from each slab, at least the baby backs and St. Louis cuts are, packaged by Swift.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:29 AM   #43
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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.
Man, I wish those were for sale here. I bet ya anything that the reason you don't see smaller sized ribs for sale in a lot of places, is that, it's not economically viable anymore. That's my theory. Slaughtering younger pigs for their smaller sized ribs is probably a losing proposition compared to growing them larger.
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:07 PM   #44
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Nice thing about Costco ribs is that the membrane is already removed from each slab, at least the baby backs and St. Louis cuts are, packaged by Swift.
Ours have no visible writing on the packages so its a mystery who packages them.
I guess I should look at the label?

I loved the way they removed that long bone across the top on regular spareribs. Now they don't sell them anymore. Only St. Louis and baby backs. Its fine with me.
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:15 PM   #45
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Ours have no visible writing on the packages so its a mystery who packages them.
I guess I should look at the label?
Regardless of who the distributor is are your Costco rib membranes been removed?
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:35 PM   #46
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Last time I bought ribs at Costco, I got St. Louis and I had to remove the membrane.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:10 PM   #47
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Regardless of who the distributor is are your Costco rib membranes been removed?
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Last time I bought ribs at Costco, I got St. Louis and I had to remove the membrane.
No, the membranes were present on both the baby backs and the St. Louis.
I quit pulling it off anyway, unless it very thick and apparent.
I can't tell the difference with it or without it.

Update: I made ribs inside again and adjusted the cooking time to two hours at 250°F instead of three.
Next time it will be 2.5 hours at 250°F, then broil until nicely browned up.

They were very good, but need the extra 1/2 hour it seems.
There were no leftovers, so I assume the kids and grand kids enjoyed them.
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Old 02-01-2014, 12:22 PM   #48
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I just posted my rib recipe, with the dry rub, on another rib post. Alter it by not using the grill, and by adding smoked paprika to the rub. You won't need a sauce, and will have fall-off-the bone tender ribs. Yo might want to open the foil and expose the ribs to the broiler for 5 minutes or so, just to dry the coating a bit.

Oh, and I'm going to have to try some of these other great looking recipes, just so that I can have other great tasting rib varieties. I'm all about variety.

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Old 02-02-2014, 07:36 AM   #49
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Just found your message in the nick of time.
looking over the thread now and will take some suggestions for cooking this afternoon
thanks for picking up on my original message
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:38 AM   #50
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Costco has great meat products.One of my sons is a manager in waltham,ma.
prices are better and the quality is very good if not the best.
More importantly, the founder has a great deal of respect for his employee's and takes care of them well.
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