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PostPosted: Feb 17 2011    Post subject: Competition Ribs Reply with quote

Another thread got me wondering... Do you buy spare ribs pre-trimmed to St Louis style for competitions? Or do you trim your own?
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PostPosted: Feb 17 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why pay an extra $2/lb when you can trim them yourself?
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PostPosted: Feb 17 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never tried any precut St Louis ribs that I would be happy turning in. When they cut them with a meat saw they tend to leave little shards of bone.
I'd rather trim my own. Takes 30 seconds and I know it's done right.
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PostPosted: Feb 17 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got some St. Louis cut once from a butcher, they were almost a triangle shape. Won't do that again
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PostPosted: Feb 17 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

We trim our own.
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PostPosted: Feb 17 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

We get ours from our sponsor & they're usually mostly pretrimmed. There aren't many pretrimmed ones around here for sale, and the ones that are usually look pretty nasty. It's not a big deal to trim them to St. Louis style, anyway...

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PostPosted: Feb 17 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

I look for the meatyest and thickest spares I can find. then I trim them myself.

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PostPosted: Feb 18 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have always bought our's untrimmed and trim them ourselves. Cheaper and we can trim them to our specs.
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PostPosted: Feb 21 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jo Jo wrote:
Why pay an extra $2/lb when you can trim them yourself?


Here in the Houston area I am just now finding them trimmed for $.50 lb more. Easy choice to find some nice trimmed ones Smile
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PostPosted: Feb 21 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trimmed here are 79 cents a lb more and you don't get the trimmings.

We like to trim out our ribs at home before leaving for the contest, as allowed by KCBS, and we take them wrapped in saran wrap, and in large ziplocs, witht the original packaging label between the saran wrap and the ziploc so it can be read if needed by the meat inspector.

We also like to have chicken all trimmed up and packaged teh same way too, we have even done briskets, but we tend to wait to on site before doing briskets and butts, because they are easy enough to transport in their cryo's and it gives us something to do between setting up, and packing up! Wink Laughing Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Feb 23 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

trim them yourself.
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PostPosted: Mar 07 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I like to do it myself to ensure that itis the way I want them cut. However, as of late I have found that HEB in Houston sells them CHEAPER than I can get them in LA by at least $2/lb and they are already St. Louis cut WITH the membrane removed. Between my wife and I, we travel or have some one travelling back our way at least once a month so I have chosen this method. If I were paying more than normal for the already cut ones, Id do it myself, but since I am getting them cheaper from Houston..... Ill let someone else do the work and trim the small stuff on my own later. just my $0.02. Work smarter not harder.....
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PostPosted: Mar 10 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a supplier to get them trimmed up St. Louis style. They cost a bit more per pound, but you are reducing the amount of pounds by knocking off the trimmings so they end up costing about the same per slab as a full spare does.
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PostPosted: Mar 10 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a perk for trimming them yourself.....you get to keep the trimmings to cook off for a great snack while you are hanging out around the smoker! They go great with beer! Wink
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PostPosted: Mar 11 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

i buy mine in 3 pack cryovac all trimed up st. louis style from restaurant depot and have been very pleased with them. i even have some fellow competitors that get me to pick them up for them to bring to the contest with me.
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PostPosted: Mar 24 2011    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never Bought Trimmed. I like my Rib Tips too much.. No brainer. Trim em yourself.
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