Does it really matter with what you start?

By National Barbecue News Cooking Crew

One of the biggest secrets to making great barbecue is consistency. Being able to produce the same product every time you cook is tough, but it is impossible if do not start with the same raw product each and every time. Today we have the opportunity, like never before, to choose what type of proteins we want to start with. With brisket we have Wagyu, Angus, Prime, Select, Kobe as well as several other options. We also have those same options now with pork and the Berkshire, Duroc, Heritage, Hampshire breeds just to name a few choices. Most of the mass produced pork offered today comes from the Chester White breed but because these breeds are grown on different farms there is no guarantee that they all have the same diet. This fact will produce a different end product to your barbecue and the only sure way to really know what you will end up with is to start with the same product each and every time.

We decided to do a test between a slab of Huntspoint ribs versus a really good slab of mass produced grocery store ribs.  Below you can see the difference it makes to start with a quality product. We found that versus the standard ribs you buy at the grocery store we could get at least 2 more ribs per rack that were suited for a turn in box, which no doubt would have us cooking fewer slabs at a competition. We also found in our test that we wasted less when trimming up our slabs. Our slabs all started out at 2.7 to 2.9 pounds per slab. After we trimmed the fat and excess off our Huntspoint ribs we only lost 2 ounces, while our standard store bought ribs lost over 8 ounces…which is a total of 6 ounces difference in the trash. (The average rib contains 2 to 3 ounces of meat when finished cooking)

Huntspoint meats can help keep your barbecue consistent and different from your next-door neighbor or competitor. They offer several different pork products from smaller independent farms that will guarantee you will be starting with the same products each time you compete or serve your friends and family. Huntspoint can also handle your catering and restaurant bulk orders as well. No doubt our Huntspoint ribs cost more then our store bought ribs, but in the end you will get what you pay for. With less waste, more uniform shape and much more consistent marbling will make your barbecue much more consistent then just everyday grocery store meats. To answer our question “does it really matter what you start with?’ there really is evidence here that shows indeed it does matter.


Photo by NBN Cooking Crew
Standard ribs on top and Huntspoint Heritage Ribs on bottom: Two things that are noticeably different right out of the pack. 1) The color (above). 2) The thickness consistency from end to end (below).




Photo by NBN Cooking Crew
Standard ribs on top and Huntspoint Heritage Ribs on bottom: Two things that are noticeably different right out of the pack. 1) The color (above). 2) The thickness consistency from end to end (below).

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