Thursday, September 1, 2011

How To Trim St Louis Style Spare Ribs

When I smoke spare ribs, I like to trim them St Louis style.  (Actually it's more of a Kansas City style since I square the ends off too.)

how to trim st louis spare ribs

I do this for a couple of reasons.
  1. Even cooking - Spare ribs are irregularly shaped and unless trimmed, the tapered end will be more cooked than the wide end.
  2. Even portions - Each rib will be the same size.
  3. Faster cooking times - An untrimmed spare rib takes me about 6 hours to get smoked right.  A trimmed spare takes about 5.  
Here is how I trim mine.

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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