Well as I mentioned a while back I picked up a 30lb case of ribs for $30 from a buddy that works in the food business. Well they came all frozen and they had a wierd smell. Not a roten smell but just a smell I can't explain. I made some ribs about a month back and they were ok but I could taste bites of that strange smell. I did some research and found that a lot of people brine their ribs before they smoke them. I decided on a beer brine instead of a apple brine because I was out of apple juice. Its a mixture of beer, brown sugar, salt, pepper, celery seed, cheyenne pepper and I added cinnamon and cumin. I am going to pour it into my freezer bag and seal it and see if it helps with the strange smell/taste. I looked at the ribs again today as I was trying to remove the membrane and they look strange. The membrane is kind of there but there is no way you can remove it. If you can get a piece to pull it pulls about 1/4 of an inch then breaks off. Its like the membrane has broke down and is very fragile and just rips apart into tiny pieces. I'm not sure why but I am thinking maybe because they have been frozen and thawed a few times???? Any way I will let you know how this brine works. I am brining them over night and will rub them tomorrow morning then put them on my UDS so I can heat them some time durning the USA & Canada hockey game.