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Feb 13, 2014 08:05 AM

Where to buy big honkin' beef ribs

OK - So I've hit all the HEB's in my area, various Whole Food's, and a few miscellaneous meat markets around town, but I cannot find the real nice beef ribs you get at a good BBQ place. (See pic from my Franklin's trip a few weeks back)

I'm looking for raw beef ribs, bone in, with a big fatty chunk of meat still hanging on them.

All the places I've been to have the ribs still attached, but only some connective tissue left, and very very little meat once they're smoked down.

Any place y'all can think of that actually keeps these stocked?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I have been looking for these for some time and have come up dry. Randal's sells some pathetically cryovaced beef ribs almost bereft of any meat, if you find a place let me know. I'd like to know where Stiles Switch or Louis Mueller gets theirs.

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    1. re: ericthered

      This is just a stab in the dark, but Lee's Meat Market always seems to find things that most stores don't have.

    2. longhorn meat market usually has that stuff

      1. I buy whole slabs of beef short ribs at HEB all the time. You have ask for them because they normally cut them up into English-style short ribs or cross-cut kalbi-style for the display cases. They come in 4 rib slabs either 2 or 4 slabs to a package at about 4-lbs per slab. Expect to pay anywhere from $2.89 to $4.29/lb depending on who prices them and at which store. This is a package of two slabs I bought a few years ago. But lately they've been coming in 4-slab packs.

        You can also get them at Restaurant Depot and Longhorn Meats.

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        1. re: sqwertz

          Here they are rubbed and ready for the smoker so you can see these are not the typical meatless "soup bones", I call them. Sorry Chowhound doesn't allow you to view them full-screen in their full glory.

          Lets try a flickr link instead:

          And the last two pictures:

          You can page forward and backward to see other pictures of that particular smoking session. My pictures are best viewed full-screen for maximum flavor.


          1. re: sqwertz

            I need to hang out at your house. those beautiful pics are making me drool!

            1. re: chrisdds98

              Yeah, it is time for breakfast for me right now, and those "Corned Beef Potato Onion Pancakes" are making me hungry. Is that you with the surfboard?

              1. re: rudeboy

                Surfboard? Nah. Not me!

                You should have held out for the large hash brown topped with lamb bacon, grilled shallots, assorted peppers and eggs - only $3 more at Casa Sqwertz!



                1. re: sqwertz

                  Skewtz - I'll buy the trailer and you do what you do. I have a couple of sure-fire items. We'll set up somewhere and take our show on the road!

                  1. re: rudeboy

                    I'll be the first in line at the Sqwatz shop.

                    1. re: slowcoooked

                      Skewtz Sqwatz Shop <cough> Yeah - that'll work - uh-huh <rolling eyes> :-)

                      My resale license is spelled "Sqwertz!", but they just cancelled it this month due to lack of sales, But I still get to shop at Restaurant Depot, Whoo hoo!


                  1. re: Rene

                    Funny, I just went to Austin Diner to get a huge plate of hash browns, sunny-up eggs, and bacon because of this. Nothing remarkable, but serviceable. Thanx sqirtx for the inspiration.

                    Oh, and they did not have beef ribs this morning :)

                    1. re: rudeboy

                      (This is supposed to be a response to Rudeboy but it doesn't show up threaded correctly)

                      I just posted that dish in another response ;-) With home-cured and smoked lamb bacon with grilled shallots and peppers.