Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Baby Back Ribs & Spare Ribs - What's the Difference?

We serve a whole lot of amazing hickory-smoked meats at our Lake of the Ozarks BBQ restaurant. While everyone has a variety of different favorites, BBQ ribs seem to be popular with the majority of diners. Here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Osage Beach, while ribs are an easy dinner decision, which ribs to order may be a bit more difficult to decide.

The best BBQ ribs at the Lake of the Ozarks are available in two different ways at the Boot; Baby Back Ribs and Classic Pork Spare Ribs. Here's a closer look at exactly what to expect from each of those. This information should make it a little easier for you to make up your mind. (Of course, it might also make you want to order them both!) 

Baby Back Ribs

The name of this delicious dish does not come from the age of the animal, but rather the smaller size of the ribs compared to classic spare ribs. They are also the tenderest and leanest ribs you can order with meat both between and on top of the bones. These are taken from the top of the rib cage between the spine and spare ribs, below the loin muscle.

Baby back ribs are sometimes referred to as back ribs, loin ribs, or Canadian ribs. The latter is due to the fact that Canadian bacon comes from the same loin meat that is connected to these ribs. Generally, baby back ribs have between 10-13 curved bones that are 3-6 inches long.

Here at the Boot, our Baby Back Ribs Dinner can be ordered as either a full or half-slab of tender, meaty ribs. First, they are coated in our special dry rub. After that, we slow-smoke them, lightly grill them, and baste the ribs with our secret recipe sauce before putting them on a plate next to Texas toast and your favorite side dish.

Pork Spare Ribs

Spare ribs are flatter than baby back ribs and tend to have less meat, but since they are also a fattier cut, that often causes them to be one of the most flavorful cuts. They are taken from the belly side of the rib cage, below the section of back ribs and above the breast bone.

Our Classic Pork Spare Ribs Dinner at the Boot is an experience that true BBQ-lovers thoroughly enjoy. Available as either a full or half-slab serving, our special dry rub is used to coat the juicy ribs and then they are slow-roasted over hickory logs until they reach the perfect degree of mouthwatering goodness! We then baste them with our secret recipe sauce and serve them up with a big ol' slice of Texas toast and one of our homestyle side dishes to complete the dining experience.

Ribs AND...

Sometimes you might be in the mood for BBQ ribs but also want to try something else on the menu. That's where these terrific combo plates come in handy! 

Ribbies & Wings
Two of our most popular items on the same plate! 4 individual pork spare ribs with our house recipe BBQ sauce and 5 Wobbly Wings with your choice of sauce. 

The Wobbly Boots Sampler
Even more of some of the best of what we have to offer! 4 onion rings, 4 bacon-wrapped shrimp, 4 Wobbly Wings, and 4 spare ribs slathered in BBQ sauce. 

BBQ Chicken & Ribs Combo
The hearty meal offers a delicious combination of mouthwatering 'que! You get a half BBQ chicken and a half-slab of pork spare ribs, both glazed in our house-made sauce, plus a piece of Texas toast and a homestyle side dish. 

As you can see, we've got those irresistible ribs as both appetizers and full meals at our family restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. That means no matter the level of your hunger, we can satisfy it perfectly with BBQ ribs at the Wobbly Boots Roadhouse! Swing on by soon and give 'em a taste. You're going to love them! 

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4717 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

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