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Author: Spare Ribs | Date: April 27, 2011 | Please Comment!

How do you know what’s what? ┬áHere’s a run down for rib novice’s.

Short ribs are almost if not always beef. They can be “on the bone” or “boneless.” Either way they need to be braised in order for them to be tender. That can be done on the stove top or in the oven, either way, a couple of hours cooking time.

As far as spare ribs, that is normally pork although you can get beef ribs (not short ribs).

Country style spare ribs are, again, almost if not always pork.

There are spareribs (pork) and baby back ribs (pork.)

Country style ribs are much meatier than plain spare ribs, come from a different part of the pig.

Spareribs are normally a BBQ or smoked item where as country style ribs are braised or slow cooked.

Beef short ribs are pretty much the same as pork spare ribs, but don’t ask for beef spare ribs because there is no such thing.

At the grocery these different types are almost always labeled as such on the package. Or, if you go to a butcher, they’ll certainly know what short ribs or spareribs are.


In summary, if you’re not sure – just ask!


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