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What do I do with Pork Spare Ribs?

You know Lake Geneva Country Meats is the place to get all of your meat questions answered, and a question we frequently get (especially during our Winter Pork Sale) is “What do I do with Pork Spare Ribs?” We’re happy to help you out and answer this question. We most frequently receive this question when we are helping our customers fill out a Pork cutting card, and they decide to put these ribs into sausage trimmings instead of taking them intact. When prepared correctly, Pork Spare Ribs provide filling and flavorful meals that you can’t quite get with any other cut of meat. So here’s our answer to “What do I do with Pork Spare Ribs?”

First of all, a little about Pork Spare Ribs. Pork Spare Ribs are a delicious cut of rib that come from the belly of a hog. They aren’t Baby Back Ribs that you would typically have with BBQ Sauce in a restaurant. These ribs are larger and heavier with more bone and less meat than Baby Back Ribs, but they have a darker, more meaty pork flavor to them. While you could dry rub and smoke them, we recommend using a moist method of cooking combined with low and slow heat to break down the connective tissues and keep all of the pork flavor locked in the meat.

Our favorite recipe is provided by Carolynne, one of our friendly front office ladies, who answers the phone and will help you get your whole or half hog cut to your exact specifications. Her Roasted Pork Spare Ribs recipe includes cabbage and potatoes for a full meal and is one of her husband’s favorite recipes. He terms it “Bohemian Soul Food.” Check out Carolynne’s Roast Pork Spare Rib recipe here. You can print it out for use at home and take a look at her pictures that show what it will look like when it’s done!

Here are some more fun recipe ideas for Pork Spare Ribs from the Pork Council:

We hoped this answered the question of “What do I do with Pork Spare Ribs?” for you and that you’ll try some of these recipes at home! We have Pork Spare Ribs frozen 95% of the time and if you call, we can make sure to have some fresh for you to take home and cook with. Do you have more questions or a favorite Pork Spare Rib recipe to try? Let us know in the comments section below! Thanks for reading!

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