BBQ ribs are a portion of meat cut from the meat chop and served with different sauces. The most popular categories of BBQ ribs are pork ribs and beef ribs.
Pigs made it to the Americas in the late 1400s through Christopher Columbus. And they were brought to America in the early 1500s by Hernando de Soto. Since then, BBQ ribs have become an integral part of barbecuing. Read more about the History of Barbecue.
The following are the popular kinds of BBQ ribs today:
- Baby Back Ribs – They are cut out from the upper portion of the rib cage, between the spine and the spare ribs. Baby back ribs have rounder bones and more meat compared to spare ribs.
- Spare Ribs – These are taken from the belly side of the rib cage. It is the area below the back ribs section and above the breast bone. The specialty of these ribs is that they contain more bones and fat and lesser meat. Also, they are comparatively flatter in shape.
Spare ribs are generally broken down further into the following two types of ribs:
a. Riblets – these are flat ribs that are short and uniform in shape and size. It is taken from the upper portion of the spare ribs and cut uniformly into 2-3 inch sections.
b. Rib tips – These ribs do not contain bones and are cut from the bottom portion of the spare ribs. They are generally short, contain very little bone, and are among the meatiest sections of ribs.