Smithfield Extra Tender Ribs and Competition

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Smithfield Extra Tender Ribs and Competition

Postby allenayres » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:20 pm

Have any of you used these in competition?

I ordered some from an online meat store and didn't realize "extra tender" means they've added some phosphates, etc already. I have a couple of competitions coming up over the next 3 weeks and am not sure if I should use these or go back to the HEB all-naturals.
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Re: Smithfield Extra Tender Ribs and Competition

Postby Woody Wood » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:25 pm

Use them! Their are many great teams killing it in competitions using them!!
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Re: Smithfield Extra Tender Ribs and Competition

Postby js-tx » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:17 pm

I've cooked a few racks.. some were hammy tasting, some were not. YMMV type of thing?
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Re: Smithfield Extra Tender Ribs and Competition

Postby allenayres » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:00 pm

Thank you - so if using for competition they aren't injecting them? I planned to inject my next set of home-cooked ribs to see if it seemed worth the time for competition.
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Re: Smithfield Extra Tender Ribs and Competition

Postby Drewlooker » Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:19 pm

I cooked them, not in competition but at home and was not crazy about them.


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Re: Smithfield Extra Tender Ribs and Competition

Postby allenayres » Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:36 pm

Thank you Drew. I'll use them this weekend and see how it goes.
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Re: Smithfield Extra Tender Ribs and Competition

Postby mbigtoe » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:59 am

I started using them in competition and really like them for comps. Since switching, I've placed 4th, 1st, 19th (won my table, though, in KCBS) and 2nd. That's over a span of about 1.5 years because I only do 2-3 comps/year. I also like the price tag - I've gotten a decent ROI. :D
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Re: Smithfield Extra Tender Ribs and Competition

Postby allenayres » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:53 pm

Nice, have you injected them? I didn't this past weekend, not wanting to introduce yet another flavor/mix to the mix... with my placement I could have experimented a bit more tho :laughing7:

Idda know... injecting seems to be taking a weird turn - turn in boxes are looking more and more like synthol competitions.
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Re: Smithfield Extra Tender Ribs and Competition

Postby mbigtoe » Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:26 pm

I don't inject ribs. I know some do, but I don't think it's necessary.
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Re: Smithfield Extra Tender Ribs and Competition

Postby js-tx » Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:34 pm

Injecting ribs is getting common, what you inject them with can vary quite a bit.
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Re: Smithfield Extra Tender Ribs and Competition

Postby allenayres » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:06 pm

I cooked them this past weekend at the Deep East Texas BBQ cookoff - flavor and tenderness was amazing, but the bones were a little short and kinda crooked. For the life of me I couldn't slice one rack straight. Plenty of good meat but with the short bones, unless I'm turning in little bites I had to leave more of the cartilage than I normally would.

I'm going back with my old ones for the next cookoff :salut:

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