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Oct 28, 2009 11:20 AM

Where to Buy Baby Back Pork Ribs--Pasadena area

I'd like to cook some ribs this coming weekend but am not sure where to go to buy the baby back ribs. Also, what's a good deal per pound? Smart and Final has them for $3.99/lb and I haven't checked Costco yet. Any other suggestions? regular grocery stores like Ralph's or Von's maybe? I need to buy 10lbs so i'm trying to get a good quality meat at a decent price. Thanks!

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  1. I'd go for Smart & Final. The price is good, they'll have the quantity you want (more likely than Ralphs or wherever) and their stores are much less of a hassle than Costco. Those will be Farmer John, but I've found FJ meats to be OK, as long as I steer clear of the hot dogs...

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    1. re: Will Owen

      Thanks. I wholeheartedly agree on the "hassle" factor being lower at S&F compared to Costco.

    2. I know it's a hassle but I think Costco's baby backs are the best. I have never tried S & F but have tried others & always come back to Costco. If you are going to go to the trouble of cooking ribs, I say go to Costco.

      1. I would go to How's on Huntington and San Gabriel. You might have to call ahead an order of that size, but they carry quality stuff. It'll probably be pricier than S&F and Costco, but nothing crazy like Whole Foods.

        1. i generally buy them from costco, think that they are $2.99/lb. just bought some yesterday at sam's club - $2.69/lb. don't know if you belong and if there are any in your area. enjoy!

          1. My first stop/call would be HOWS market, as that's my default choice for anything meat-related. Just down the street is Howie's Ranch Market. The independent butcher there (I can't recall the name) offers top quality meats as well. Per HOWS weekly flyer, they're $4.99/lb this week, although they're listed as "frozen/defrosted." You could call and ask if they also have fresh.

            Howie's Ranch Market
            6580 N San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA

            Hows Market
            4848 West 190th Street, Torrance, CA 90503

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            1. re: Jack Flash

              Butcher inside of Howie's Ranch Market = Alexander's Meats.

              Howie's Ranch Market
              6580 N San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA