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Why Ribs And Not Steak For Competitions

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smoky

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I've never been to a steak cook-off, but I have been to a rib cook-off. I know steak is a lot more expensive than ribs and you can spend more time tending your barbeque if you're doing ribs. But I think I might like to get a taste of some juicy steaks and see what rubs or sauces people are using. Have I just come up with a great new idea or am I missing something?
 
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Cowboy

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Personally, I think it's because ribs take longer to cook and they require a more precise technique. Cooking a good steak is pretty easy (especially if you have the right cut), but perfect ribs take TLC and excellent seasoning combinations which makes for a more exciting competition.
 
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Arnold

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The competitions I've attended usually had a whole hog or two up there nearby, so there were people doing ribs as well as barbecue. I'd love to go to a steak cook-off. That would be some kind of good, and it would go by fast.
 
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Jessi

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Personally, I think it's because ribs take longer to cook and they require a more precise technique.

I think you're onto something there. Ribs are more of a "low and slow" cooking process that can take hours to properly cook. There is a lot of effort and precision put into the sauces they use as well, perfecting every seasoning, in addition to making sure the meat is just right.

A steak, while it can still take quite a bit of technique, isn't going to be nearly as dependent on a special sauce, for example, and it's going to be a much shorter term project instead of being an all day preparation/event.
 
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Lucky120

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Yeah I think steak really is something that people see different. If you had one then how would you grill it? I mean many like their well done, medium and so on. I think that it would be something that is hard to judge especially if you like your steak a certain way. Steak is full of technique as well, so I think that's why you never really see steak cook offs.
 
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shaun

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I have attended barbecue competitions where there was an award for best steak. I think the reason ribs are the dominant meat in barbecue competitions is because ribs take longer to cook, and there are multiple stages and factors in the cooking process.
 
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TheMaster

Guest
Steak takes a shorter time and ribs take a longer time.. Also with the rips you can do so much more stuff to it then steak. I think steak is more of a gormae dinner while ribs is more of a messy dinner.
 
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taskeinc

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I think the primary reason for Rib Cook-offs as opposed to Steak Cook-Offs is the price. A quality, prime steak can cost you quite a bit, especially if you're looking to feed scores of hungry people.
 
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SarahLizzie

Guest
Honestly, it is a lot easier to cook a great steak than it is to make great ribs. Ribs require a great deal of time and technique. Plus getting the fall off the bone texture is not always the easiest for some to achieve.
 
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steph84

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I agree that it would be so hard to judge. I like mine well done and I know so many people who hate it that way. There would have to be a variety of judges for that type of competition.
 
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Isabellas2007

Guest
I was wondering the same thing. Could it be because of the rib cut meats are pretty similar all the way across the board. However, a steak cut can be different depending on the butcher ?
 
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Waynefire

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I would think the steaks would not be as much of a challenge. With the ribs you have to contend with bone and other cooking concerns. So it shows off more of a skill of cooking your foods.
 
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Epicfied

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I wouldn't mind trying a few steaks myself. However, as said above, ribs are more of a challenge.
Ribs take longer to cook and usually more practice or technique.
 
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Youlovejordan

Guest
Yes, that would be hard to judge. I personally like ribs but they usually take longer to cook and you can cook them in different ways. Nothing screams barbeque like grilled ribs.
 
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SmokeyJoe

Guest
I think it's because just about anyone can grill a steak but it takes skill to properly smoke ribs over a period of 4-6 hours. When ribs are done properly, there's just a little tug and the meat isn't mushy.
 
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Pete

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I've, too, found that anyone can fix a steak almost. People who cook steaks can't always fix ribs so they are fall-off-the-bone tender and have that rich, smoky flavor that only a seasoned barbecue chef brings to the meat.
 
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j_pin

Guest
Because ribs are way more amazing than steak that's why :)
Just kidding, but I really do love ribs way more than steak.
 

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