St. Louis Ribs vs. Baby Back Ribs

Jan 13, 2023 | Annapolis

Nothing beats a tender rack of ribs fresh off the smoker. Juicy, barbeque-covered ribs are reminiscent of a picturesque summer get-together. When it comes to ribs, there are numerous varieties that we all know and love. Many have eaten both baby back ribs and St. Louis ribs, but few know the difference between the two. Red Hot & Blue Annapolis serves up a version of St. Louis ribs so tender that the meat will practically melt into your mouth.

What are Baby Back Ribs?

Most restaurants carry baby back ribs, which is the most common cut purchased at supermarkets. Baby back ribs are cut from the upper portion of the ribs of a pig. They are shorter in size compared to St. Louis ribs, and they tend not to have as much meat on their bones. Since they’re leaner and smaller in size, they are more popular for single-serve portions or small families. A full slab of baby back ribs will weigh approximately 1.5 – 2 lbs, still making it an impressive amount of meat to throw onto the smoker.

How do St. Louis Ribs Differ?

St. Louis ribs come from the lower ribs of the pig. Another name for St. Louis ribs is “spare ribs.” This cut is extremely meaty and has more fat between the ribs than baby back ribs. An average full slab of spare ribs weighs approximately three pounds, making it the clear winner for those that want a heaping plate of meat! Red Hot & Blue Annapolis smokes our St. Louis ribs low and slow for about 5 hours. This breaks down the fatty tissue between the ribs, and makes the ribs melt in your mouth.

Visit Red Hot & Blue Annapolis for St. Louis Style Ribs

Red Hot & Blue Annapolis offers a full menu of smoked meats, as well as several other options for non-meat lovers. We recommend coming into our Annapolis location if you are craving a juicy, large portion of ribs. Please contact us at 410-626-7427 to schedule a reservation.