Photo: Pork Ribs

In the Island Life section of the Honolulu Advertiser today there is an article about ribs, how to cook them so they taste great. They had a photo of a "baby back" and then gave some clues on how to pick a good baby back: "Look for baby backs that have good fat marbling and are uniform in size. You should not see any bones popping through the meat." Whoa, whoa, isn't this like a little much? What are people thinking when they are eating someone else's back, especially a baby's? (The photo is of a baby back). Oh, and "marbled fat", yuck, that is toxin laden artery clogging poison, and that is without even thinking about what fat really is, i.e. part of somebody (some body).

One of the other type of ribs that are supposedly really good are "spare ribs" which "come from the rib section of the hog". I don't know about you, but I don't think any of my ribs are "spare", I need them all, and I am pretty sure the pig felt the same way about the matter as well.

Here are some other lowlights of the article:

SPARE RIBS: They come from the rib section of the hog and have longer bones with more meat per bone. The meat is a little tougher, but marinating or brining will help. A typical rack will weigh about 5 pounds.

BABY BACKS OR LOIN RIBS: The most tender of them all and a crowd favorite. Baby backs are from the top loin section of the hog. One rack weighs about 2 pounds plus and has about 10 to 13 bones. Look for baby backs that have good fat marbling and are uniform in size. You should not see any bones popping through the meat. Baby backs need very little trimming.

COUNTRY OR WESTERN RIBS: These are more in the pork chop family and cut from the shoulder area of the hog and the very end of the loin. They are thicker and have more fat than the spare or baby back rib. Generally, you don't eat them with your hands like other ribs. Each one usually weighs about half a pound. The trouble with these is that they are not uniform. They are usually cut into individual portions and are sold with or without the bone.

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