Begging for Rib HELP

Discussion in 'Pork' started by superdave, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. superdave

    superdave Smoking Fanatic

    I don't know if any more verbal or written tips will help but I'm at my wits end on removing the membrane on my baby back ribs.  Nothing seems to work.  Is there any visual tutorials here?  Frustration is high at the moment so any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  3. sign up for Jeffs ecourse it shows you how.

    Get under it with a knife then pull.

  4. markyque

    markyque Smoke Blower

    I run a butter knife up the second bone from the small end under the membrane and lift it away from the rib.  Then grab a piece of paper towel and pull it away.
  5. superdave

    superdave Smoking Fanatic

    Is there a skin under the membrane?  When I go under the membrane at a bone with a knife, the resulting flap is thicker than the material shown in the videos.
  6. markyque

    markyque Smoke Blower

    Should just be membrane.
  7. jaxrmrjmr

    jaxrmrjmr Smoking Fanatic

    The membrane is very thin.  I swear by my pair of catfish skinner for removing it.
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    YES... There is a Thick Connective tissue that attaches the meat to and covers the bones. This is topped by the Membrane and is thinner. The membrane is removable the thick connective tissue is not. 

     I smoked a couple Racks about two weeks ago. The membrane was dead set on staying put so I said the Heck with it and left it on...NO ONE NOTICED! Every body ate to the bone and not a word was said. I WILL NEVER BOTHER REMOVING IT AGAIN!...JJ
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2013
  9. Aw heck I just work an edge loose with my thumbnail and grasp it with a piece of paper towel to keep it from slipping from my grip.

    Sometimes it doesn't matter other times it will cause the rack to curl...if you can't get it off, you can at least score it between th rib sections.Just sayin'
  10. rstr hunter

    rstr hunter Smoking Fanatic

    I take the handle of a spoon and slide it under and it works great.
  11. surber55

    surber55 Fire Starter

    I too use a butter knife and beforehand I run warm water over the membrane for about 30 secs, it seems to loosen it somewhat.  Works good for me.
  12. Sometimes I get rib racks without a membrane on at all. Some are easy and some are darned impossible to get off. How many membranes have you attempted to remove?
  13. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    • Remove this.
    • Not this.

    Also sometimes the silver skin may be removed already, I have seen this many times where 1 rack out of three have the silver skin removed.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2013
  14. jaxrmrjmr

    jaxrmrjmr Smoking Fanatic

    That should pretty much solve it.  Great pics SQWIB!

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