Tips from the Pros: Trimming Ribs

April 25, 2012

Why leave the trimming to your butcher when you can just as easily create perfect looking ribs yourself by following a little advice from VIP blogger Chris Grove of And once you’re done checking out his tips, be sure to click here to find out how to get $2 off your next pork rib purchase!

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.)

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.

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