Tips From the Pros: How To Trim St. Louis Style Spare Ribs
August 26, 2013
It’s never too late to learn something new, especially when it comes to cooking true low-and-slow ribs! You don’t need to be intimidated by that untrimmed rack of ribs. NibbleMeThis shows us how it’s done.
When I smoke or grill 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.)
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.
Here is how I trim mine.