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5 Types of Pork Ribs: Learn The Different Cuts

Types of Pork Ribs

When it comes to types of pork ribs things are actually not that complicated. A few things can compare to a delicious plate of pork ribs. Whether you’re a novice home cook or a BBQ enthusiast, understanding the different types of pork ribs can help choose the right cut for the dish you are preparing. In this guide, we will list the various cuts of pork ribs, their characteristics, and the best ways to cook them.

Pork ribs cuts diagram

Types of Pork Ribs: The Cuts

1. Baby Back Ribs

baby back ribs

Known for their tenderness and sweet flavor, baby back ribs are cut from the loin section of the pig. These ribs come from the upper portion of the rib cage closest to the spine. These ribs are shorter in size compared to sapre ribs earning their name, “baby”, making them a popular choice among grillmasters. Baby back ribs are characterized by their curved shape, which makes them perfect for finger-licking and fall-off-the-bone goodness. These ribs are ideal for grilling, barbecuing, or even baking.

2. Spare Ribs

pork spare ribs

Spare ribs are larger, have large bones, and are not as meaty compared to baby back ribs. Cut from the belly area of the pig, they have a higher fat content, giving them a richer and more intense flavor. Spare ribs are known for their versatility and work well with a variety of cooking methods. Whether you decide to slow-cook, smoke, or bake them, you can expect tender and juicy results.

3. St. Louis Style Ribs

St. Louis Style ribs

St. Louis-style ribs are a variation or “trim” of spare ribs. These ribs are trimmed, removing the sternum bone, cartilage, and excess fat to achieve a more rectangular shape. This trimming process enhances the meat-to-bone ratio, resulting in a meatier and visually appealing rib. St. Louis style ribs are perfect for slow cooking, grilling, or smoking on indirect heat.

4. Country-Style Ribs

country style ribs

Country-style ribs do not come from the rib section of the pig but are typically cut from the shoulder, near the loin. These ribs contain more meat and less bone compared to other cuts, making them an excellent choice for those who prefer meaty and juicy ribs. Country-style ribs are commonly prepared by braising, grilling, or smoking.

5. Rib Tips

Considered by many as the hidden gem of the rib world, rib tips come from the lower section of the spare ribs. They consist of small, cartilage-rich morsels embedded in flavorful and juicy meat. While rib tips may require some additional trimming, they are worth the effort. These delicious bites are commonly used in soul food cuisine and can be braised, grilled, or smoked to perfection.


Now that you are familiar with the various types of pork ribs, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and put your cooking skills to the test. Whether it’s the delicate tenderness of baby back ribs, the richness of spare ribs, or the meaty delight of country-style ribs, try our Sweet Fire seasoning, a perfect blend of aromas, sweet and a little kick; pairs perfectly with pork.

So fire up that grill, gather your friends and family, and get ready to indulge in the irresistible flavors of pork ribs!

Picture of Writen By: Hector

Writen By: Hector

Hector is the CEO and Founder of Stella On Fire Co. As a self-taught chef and entrepreneur at heart, he set out to create amazing seasonings and rub flavors everyone can enjoy. Hector is also our Food Safety and Protection Manager for Stella On Fire Co.

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