Am I crazy? Where's the membrane?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by hilbillyinca, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. hilbillyinca

    hilbillyinca Smoke Blower

    Am I the only one that occaisonally finds ribs that have already had the membrane removed?
    Often when buying Spares from Costco and recently bbr's from Lucky's I get racks where there is no membrane. There's still a really thin silverskin, but nothing like a normal membrane.

    Is the butcher removing these before packing, or do some pigs perhaps have thinner membranes?
  2. hoser

    hoser Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I have to believe that the butcher removed it. I don't think the animal could breathe without that membrane between the ribs and lungs.
  3. audioxtremes

    audioxtremes Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Pretty common for me to find it gone on fresh packed bb ribs. Never have on spairs.
  4. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have always found a membrane on spares...on baby backs, occasionally I can't find one to remove. I don't know if it is so thin that I just can't get under it and have it remain intact to remove or if someone (maybe by mechanical processing??) has already beat me to the punch. In those instances, if it ain't there, it ain't there, so I go ahead and rub away.
  5. 3montes

    3montes Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Always on spares. On bb's it can be hard to find. If it's not readily apparent on bb's I just scrape the blade of the knife along the back a few times to remove any excess. Never had a problem.
  6. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have not been a costco member very long, but I have bought a few racks of BBs in that time and all had the membrane removed.
  7. greendrake

    greendrake Smoke Blower

    the last several packs I have bought at Costco did not have the membrane on them, it was removed already.
  8. All my spares are from Costco, but never had the membrane removed. I usually get the cryovacked ones so I would imagine the Costco butchers don't touch them.

    Do you buy the ones that the butcher kinda folded up on itself, and package in Costco wrapping? Perhaps they remove the membrane on those... would it be for easier folding as well?
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now maybe the mambrane is removed but I have never seen a rack of ribs that didn't have the membrane.
  10. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have encountered that situation with pretrimmed and boxed spares. Every summer someone will have a ten pound box for sale, and they are trimmed with the membrane removed. Nice deal when it's offered.
  11. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've never had a rack of ribs that didn't have the membrane.
  12. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    Several months ago, Costco ran this piece about their ribs. The membrane is removed before packaging.
  13. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have ran into that once or twice myself. I also buy my spares at Costco, and once in a blue moon there will be no membrane. Meh - saves me the work. [​IMG]
  14. hilbillyinca

    hilbillyinca Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the article Acemakr, now it makes much more sense. Thanks to all for the responses!

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