Membrane or not? That is the question.

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mokey, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. mokey

    mokey Newbie

    Ok I smoke spares every week. Ive tried both ways, with and without membrane. I cant tell a difference hardly. I think they retain more moisture with it on, but that may be my pre concieved thought playing tricks on me.   As we speak, I have 11 racks going, 1/2 with and 1/2 without. Whats yalls thoughts?
  2. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No membrane.

    - Spices have access to the meat without the membrane in the way.

    - I would rather chew and eat just the meat.

    - Moisture can stay with slow n' low temps and spritzing.
  3. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I won't put any ribs on my smoker w/o removing the membrane.especially since i taught my wife to remove them.
  4. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No Membrane
  5. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    The membrane is made of elastin (think rubber band) and can't be digested. You wouldn't try to eat a rubber band, would you?
  6. pit 4 brains

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

    It takes seconds to remove.. Start in the middle of the rack and slide a butterknife between the membrane and a bone from one end to the other. now slide your middle finger under there and grab the membrane and pull it firmly but slowly until it comes off.

    It's insane to cook a membrane...
  7. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep - we remove the membrane.
  8. No Membrane!!
  9. fftwarren

    fftwarren Smoking Fanatic

    I've never removed it, and I've never noticed it was there. I'll remove it on my next one just to see, but all the BB ribs I have cooked had it on there I guess because I take it out the pack, rinse and season.
  10. carson627

    carson627 Smoke Blower

    I remove it on mine.
  11. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Remove it here also...
  12. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Send one of each to me and I will let you know which I prefer.....[​IMG]

    Right now I am in the No Membrane camp because  that's how I learned it.

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