Do you remove the membrane from ribs?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mythmaster, May 12, 2010.

  1. Yes, I always do!

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  2. meh, I'm too lazy

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  1. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I had to poll this even though I already know the winner. It's from a previous thread asking the same question.
     
  2. OH yeah... always. It didn't really matter as much until I tried them without the membrane. I'll never go back!
     
  3. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    What really surprises me is that the best rib joints in town don't do this. Their ribs are awesome, but there's that damn membrane stopping the love. It makes me want to go back into the kitchen and slap the cook.
     
  4. douge

    douge Smoke Blower

    I always remove it.
     
  5. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    It can be a pain, but it is worth the gain!!!![​IMG]
     
  6. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    It took me a long time to learn the error of my ways by boiling & grilling my ribs with the membrane on but since I have converted to the SMF ways of TBS, I will NEVER, EVER, leave membrane on again.
     
  7. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well its an old topic but for me I consider it a must.
     
  8. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think it is a must too.
     
  9. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep it does some good things for ya. One the membrane acts as a barrier to the rub from that side of the rack. Also it makes for a more tender rib in my opinion. Thirdly even if ya get the rack tender that thing is nasty on the plate.
     
  10. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Wow, I guess I'm really that lazy. I worked in BBQ joint for a few years many moons ago and we left them on. Looks like I need to try skinning them next time. [​IMG]
     
  11. I always do and I use a catfish skinner to peel it back. Works great!
     
  12. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I do sometimes. If I don't remove it, I score it in a crosshatch pattern.

    Through many years of testing, I've discovered that it doesn't make any difference IMO.
     
  13. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I have a little trick of running HOT water over only the membrane for about 10 sec.

    It turns the membrane white and makes it start to separate from the meat
    which then makes it much easier to pull off.
     
  14. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Great idea, I'm good at them. [​IMG]
     
  15. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    It makes a difference to me when I'm eating them. The membrane is like a layer of wax paper to me, and it totally ruins a good rib.
     
  16. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What he said. [​IMG]

    Dave
     
  17. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well thank you very much!![​IMG]

    I've never really noticed it, but now I probably will.

    I think I'll do a few racks tomorrow, one with the membrane & one without. I'll see if I notice a difference.
     
  18. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thank you!!
     
  19. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I'll try that next time, too. Thank you!
     
  20. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG] glad you found out how to slow cook.. I just got the reminder of boiled corn-on-the-cob too.. YUK.

    Definately pull the membrane off the back. Take a butter knife and run it under the membrane, along one of the ribs, in the middle of the rack. You can then run a finger along that rib and grasp the membrane and pull it off from the middle out. There's a you tube video somewhere but I'm too tired and lazy to find it and link it.
     

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