I do this for a couple of reasons.
- Even cooking - Spare ribs are irregularly shaped and unless trimmed, the tapered end will be more cooked than the wide end.
- Even portions - Each rib will be the same size.
- Faster cooking times - An untrimmed spare rib takes me about 6 hours to get smoked right. A trimmed spare takes about 5.
Don't worry, the trimmed portions do NOT go to waste. I have a great recipe for rip tips coming up this weekend.
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