Types of Beef Ribs
Many people don’t realize that not all beef ribs are created equal. There are actually three different unique types of beef ribs: plate short ribs, chuck short ribs, and back ribs. Let’s take a moment to go over these different types of beef ribs so you know what to look for at the butcher.
Plate Short Ribs: If you’ve ever seen a photo of pitmaster-quality beef ribs that had you drooling over your computer, there’s a good chance they were plate short ribs. These are the biggest, baddest, and beefiest ribs out there. It’s said that a single plate short rib bone can weigh up to 2.5 pounds.
Chuck Short Ribs: While chuck short ribs are similar to plate short ribs, they tend to be much smaller. Because of this, they are easier to find at the grocery store and are therefore cooked more commonly at home. Chuck short ribs can be found at the store in both bone-in and boneless varieties.
Back Ribs: If you’ve ever enjoyed a prime rib roast, it was likely made with beef back ribs. Unlike plate and chuck short ribs, back ribs come from higher up on the cow. Because prime rib is one of the most expensive cuts of beef, most butchers will keep as much beef on the roast as possible. This means that beef back ribs often have little meat on the bones, with most of the meat being between the bones instead.