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Jan 11, 2008 06:46 AM

St Louis Style Pork Ribs

I need uncooked St. Louis style pork ribs, any ideas on the best place to buy in or around the Boston area, preferably west or south? Would Super 88 be an option?

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  1. I can't speak about their quality, but I saw these last week atthe Trader Joes on Boylston St.

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    1. re: LeoLioness

      I wanted raw ones, I thought that they only had cooked ones smothered in bbq sauce for re-heating.

      1. re: bakerboyz

        On occassion, Costco has them. I've also seen them at market basket.

        1. re: treb

          Not a member of Costco but I just called Whole Foods, they have them at $4.99/lb and John Dewar's has them for $5.99; if there are no other options, guess I will go with Whole Foods.

        2. re: bakerboyz

          St Louis style ribs can be purchased in any market.....they are the large bone spare ribs for BBQ, usually around $1.99-2.49 per pound. The shorter rib, is Baby Back and usually double in price. The ribs you find in Chinese Restaurants are St. Louis style. i have never been to a Super 88, as I live in NJ, but I am sure the butcher will do the preperation for you if you request it. Just show im you want to cut the piece in half ar the joints in the middle.......he does it all the time.....ask him to chop the tips too.....but tip accordingly and you will pay half of the prices at WF or can now purchase twice as much, and have the tips for stock, sauce or entree as an added bonus for future use.

          What distinguishes St. Louis style is simply they have been trimmed to remove the spare rib tips. This is easy to accomplish at home. Simply feel for the cartilage above the spare rib bone and run your knife straight down the length of the rack. The finished rack should be approximately 6-7 inches in length, the tip portion at 4 inches.

          Save the tips for Chinese style steamed in Black Bean Sauce, chopped into small pieces or save for your Sunday Gravy

      2. I've seen these (along w/ baby backs & spareribs) at whole foods. A note of caution though, whenever I've bought them (from the WF on Cambridge St in Boston) they have a very odd (and not so good) odor and taste a bit off. Maybe its just me though.

        1. I've also bought cryovac slabs at Shaw's in Waltham in the summer. I think they are usually $4.99/lb, which is high, although sometimes convenience is worth the price.

          I'd call Market Basket in Somerville if you can get there logistically. Their prices are really good.

          McKinon's in Davis Square has slabs of ribs that haven't been trimmed. Their prices are also great, probably in the $2/lb. range. You could trim them up yourself if you're game. McKinon's calls them country-style, not to be confused with the country-style that the supermarkets carry, which are semi-boneless and better for braising recipes.

          1. all my MarketBaskets have them.

            1. I order them from John Dewar in Newton. I have gotten them from Whole Foods and found them to be of good quality. Sometimes Roche Brothers will have a two for one sale on them.