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Real baby back ribs

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Post Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:30 am
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Where can I find true baby back ribs like those sold in restaurants? The ones in the stores seem to be St. Louis cut spare ribs advertised as baby backs.
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Post Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:13 am
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If you're referring to standard loin back ribs, a butcher shop or a grocery store that still cuts meat would be your best bet, and if there's a farmers' market in your area you might be able to find a small-scale/artisan producer as well.

As I understand it, the true "baby backs" are mostly imported, often from Denmark.

Good luck!

Post Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:58 pm
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I'd agree. A local butcher is usually the best choice, as a lot of supermarkets have their baby backs cryovac'ed and "enhanced" - meaning they've been injected with brine. You can often get much smaller ones from a good butcher, but the really dainty ones are indeed from Denmark for the most part, and they're quite pricey.
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