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Old 06-29-2007, 08:10 PM   #1
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3 1/2 down

I was at the local grocery store looking at the meats as usual and I noticed that this store had several nice racks of 3 1/2 down spares. I have never smoked them before ( cuz I have never seen any at the stores until tonight ) but I have heard that they are the ones to use for comps or when a higher quality product is desired.

These racks appear to be " healthier " in apperance. Less fat, smaller over all in size, no big paddle bones. I may have to give these a try.

Anyone compared the different all natural versions of ribs ?

Here the 3 1/2 up sells for $1.69 lb at the grocery store. Sam's probably $1.59 lb

3 1/2 downs are $2.69 lb and packed individualy.
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:13 AM   #2
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I did a little reasearch and the best definition I can find is here. Scroll donw to the "Slab Defined" header. 3 1/2 down is a reference to weight.
The question is whether or not ribs from a younger or smaller hog is better than the larger and why do to they cost twice as much ?


http://virtualweberbullet.com/ribselect1.html
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:20 AM   #3
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Welll think the term 3.5 and down has been purty much abandoned by the big suppliers. Last I heard they were on somewhere around 4 and downs as one of their smallest spare rib categories. Not that their aint smaller ribs around of course just how they are packed in the case and labled.

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