Posted February 19, 2019
With grilling season fast approaching it's fun to master a new art, so we at Tender Belly are here to give you some thoughts on the always elusive, fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs. Tender Belly Certified Awesome premium pork ribs are always a treat; but what kind of ribs are best for what you’re in the mood for? Here, we’ll take a quick look at the two most common types of ribs, baby back ribs and St. Louis-style spareribs.
Baby Back Ribs
Baby back ribs are cut from where the rib meets the spine after the loin is removed. The upper ribs are called baby back ribs, because they are shorter in relation to the bigger spareribs, NOT because they are from a baby pig!
St Louis Ribs
St. Louis-style ribs are the meatier ribs cut from the belly of the animal after the belly is removed. They are usually trimmed down by cutting away the hard breastbone and chewy cartilage. St. Louis-style ribs are flatter than baby back ribs, which makes them easier to brown. There is a lot of bone but also a higher amount of fat, making them very flavorful.
Looking for a ribs recipe for your next grill out? Check out this Tender Belly culinary team creation for either baby back ribs or St. Louis style ribs. When choosing which ribs to best meet your needs, you really can’t go wrong.
BBQ for Groups
If you have fewer people, most would choose the St. Louis style ribs because there is more fat which leads to a juicy flavor and tender meat. They are also easier to cook if you are indoors without a grill. If cooking for a larger group, the baby back ribs are great because they are smaller (making it a smaller portion and easier to handle as finger food) and each rib delivers a tasty bite of meat on the bones with a lower concentration of fat.
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