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May 11, 2012 08:12 AM

Where to buy meaty, local ribs?

I am looking for raw product in the greater Seattle area that I will cook myself. I have bought from PCC and their ribs, while a very good product are not very meaty. Their producer slaughters betweeen 220 and 260 lbs and I think that's why they are on the light side. The spares usually weigh in at a bit over 3 lbs. I'm looking for 5-6 lbs.

My main goal is to avoid factory farms so local could be 400 to 500 miles as long as I can still get them at a store in this area.


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  1. Doesn't meet your anti-factory farm requirement, but Safeway sells an extra meaty rib cut that I often use for my bbq ribs.

    You're talking pork, right?

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    1. re: GreenYoshi

      Yes to pork. There are lots of places where I can get meaty ribs, Safeway, QFC, Costco, but those are all factory items. I've cooked lots of those and they make delicious bbq. Right now I'd like to find a product that is as meaty, but grown locally.


    2. I recently bought some GREAT Baby Back Ribs at Costco (seriously good)

      The best part? They already had the membrane removed which is awsome!

      They come in 3-Packs for like $35 or so

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      1. re: plutch

        The membrane was really already removed? I buy their spares quite a bit and have always had to remove it myself. I'll have to get back there soon and see what's up. They are good ribs though.

        1. re: yoyo11

          I must be wierd as I kind of like removing the membrane. :o)


      2. The Swinery and Rain Shadow Meats are my go-to butchers. For pork ribs, they'll both probably source from Carlton Farms (in Oregon) - good, consistent product. 5lbs is typical for a rack of spare ribs from them.

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        1. re: terrier

          +1 for The Swinery. That's where I go for really good pork.

          1. re: MsMaryMc

            I've got a couple of St. Louis-style racks from the Swinery cooking (slowly) now. They are definitely closer to 3lbs each than 5lbs, so I may have been off in my earlier assertion. I still think the meat-to-bone ratio is pretty good, though.

            1. re: terrier

              Never heard of the Swinery. Will have to check them out. I have always wanted to try Rainshadow meats, but it's a bit of a trek for me. I checked out Bill the Butcher the other day. They had some nice looking product, but it was 3.5 lbs.


              1. re: terrier

                I just re-read your message. If they are truly St Louis, and have the flap from the spare removed, 3 lbs would be very good. Do you remember if they had the flap removed? That's the part with the cartalage.


                1. re: JuniorBalloon

                  Sorry, I meant spares. They were definitely spare ribs, tips still on.