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Unread 05-20-2011, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

Okay, here's one for the "dumb question" files;

How many ribs are there in a "rack" of ribs?
Seriously.



More precisely - beef ribs?

Baby-back pork ribs too.

How many ribs define a "rack" and, by logical division, "half a rack?"

Any restauranteurs here?
Meat masters?

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Anyhow, the question came up at dinner.
(An expensive one, at that.)

I could do a web search, but I figgered I would throw this one to the forum.
Gather a consensus, so to speak.
That's why we're all here, eh?


Let's see what this brings us...



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Unread 05-20-2011, 08:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

a rack is about 14-16, a half rack is 7-8
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

Beef or pork?

HUGE difference in size ya know...


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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

that was baby back pork, beef racks are 7-8 (3-4 for a half)
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

i freakin' love ribs. the more the merrier. preferably with bbq sauce.
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

When I worked in restaurants years ago a rack of Ribs was considered to be 8 or more.
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

Pork spareribs have 12 bones to a slab. I work at a butcher shop/bbq joint. Trust me.
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

You tell me.

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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

it takes a lot of ribs to support a rack like that
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

I can't answer your question but damned if I don't want ribs now.
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

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You tell me.

How long would it take us to eat the meat on those ribs? I guess it would all depend on how long it takes to chew and swallow silicone.
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

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Pork spareribs have 12 bones to a slab. I work at a butcher shop/bbq joint. Trust me.
Okay, I trust you.

What about beef?





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How long would it take us to eat the meat on those ribs? I guess it would all depend on how long it takes to chew and swallow silicone.
It doesn't take much to enjoy a rack like this - and it doesn't involve
chewing and swallowing.

You just simply:

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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

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I was just about to ask myself.
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

Sorry Neo, reread your OP. The real answer with ribs in general (Pork or beef) is that it depends on the way that they were originally cut or trimmed. Where I work, we no longer process entire animals. It's almost impossible (IS impossible in my part of Texas as far as I know) to get a supplier that will send us meat like that. Because of health concerns (Mostly dealing with potential cross contamination) all meat comes to us in large cryovaced sections, that we then trim further.

Our pork spareribs come 12 bones to a slab. Babybacks are also 12 to a slab. Beef ribs seem to be around seven or eight (Honestly can't remember off the top of my head), but we don't deal with those much. Tasty, but not much meat to bone ratio.

Beef short ribs come in sections of four, which we cut to size.

Other places may do things differently.
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

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Other places may do things differently.
Indeed - we ate at what used to be one of my favorite restaurants tonite.

Pricey, but HUGE portions of meat.
Always a big To-Go box for a second meal when we leave.

Got what was supposed to be half a rack each, beef & pork.
I asked the waiter for clarification - with limited result.

Anyhow, the platter showed up with TWO beef ribs and six pork.

I'll go six pork ribs, but I've NEVER gotten only two beef ribs in any plate there.
Already a long day, celebrating with Mrs. Neo her last day of teaching this year.

All I had was one nerve left, and I'll be damned if that waiter didn't get on it.
An intentionally-small tip later, we grabbed our stuff and came home.



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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

When I was a butcher in the 80s, all our beef came hanging in quarters and the pork came in halves. We had to break everything down ourselves...miserable bloody work. They transitioned into boxed meat right after I moved back out to the grocery side of the store. If I remember right, a full rack of ribs is 12...beef are usually packaged around 5-6, pork may be packaged 6-12. Restaurants are all different as to how many they sell as a "rack".
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You can demonstrate the technique when you make it to Brampton and I introduce you to some of our finer strip joints (and my use of the word 'finer' in that sentence was as loose as the women in said establishment).
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Restaurants are all different as to how many they sell as a "rack".
My issue exactly.

I had a feeling that it was kinda like nailing Jello to a tree.




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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

Why dont we ask Mr. Owl
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

Sheep, Goats, Pigs and Cows all have 13 ribs---What is done with them after they leave animal form and are turned into meat, I have no idea---
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

Who else is craving a rack or two right now?
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i freakin' love ribs. the more the merrier. preferably with bbq sauce.

Same here. They are the wife's favorite too. BBQ baby backs
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

Ribs, cole slaw and mashed potatoes

Or ribs + BBQ beans and fries.

Damn I'm hungry now
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

Ribs are a waste of time and effort...the brisket is where it's at.
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That's what I just said, TG. Me hungry....want ribs.
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

Llama ribs
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

I thought Llamas were for lovin.
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Re: Dumb questions - How many ribs in a "rack" of ribs?

thats funny, i was just looking up ribs at allrecipes.com. i bookmarked this.... looks yummy!

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