Pulling membrane off ribs?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by willthethrill31, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. First of all I have tried to pull this membrane off spare ribs dozens of times.  It becomes so frustrating that I give up and season them up anyways.  I have tried pulling with a paper towel and usually only tear off small pieces at a time... my question is, does it really make THAT much of a difference pulling this annoying thing off?  If so, what other techniques are out there to more easily accomplish this? Thanks all!
  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I use a sharp paring knife the get the first inch or so started then grip it with a paper towel and pull. It usually ends up coming off in 4 or 5 pieces. I would be worried about leaving it on. That membrane is basically impervious so it will not let any smoke or flavor through (and probably ruin the texture of the finished product). I have seen videos of people using spoons to get underneath the membrane but I have not tried that.
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hold the rib rack membrane up....    hold under very hot running tap water for a minute or 2......  the "glue" that holds the membrane softens and the membrane is easy to pull off....  if you miss warming an area of membrane, you will know it....   it won't pull off until you heat it....
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  4. I just get under it with a knife and pull it off. Think of it as something you have to do and then do it.

    Happy smoken.

  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Try the hot water technique....   It's pretty cool....
  6. Dave

    You know I will. I have never had a problem but I'm all about easier [​IMG]. Plus I read it on the internet so it has to be true[​IMG].

    Happy smoken.

  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well, If I posted it.... it's from memory...   and you know how good my memory is.....   Is tomorrow Superbowl ?????
  8. superdave

    superdave Smoking Fanatic

    Is the problem that a lot of folks try to get the entire skin and not just the membrane? 
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I stopped fighting with it years ago, Pops too. Me and my picky family have not noticed a significant difference in flavor. If anything the membrane helps with moisture retention. I have seen a few shows and video clips that recommend leaving it on for Lamb Ribs to avoid drying out...JJ
  10. jc87

    jc87 Newbie

    Try scoring the membrane, instead of removing it. Makes the fight easier [​IMG]  
  11. Paper towel, you can usually get a small piece started with you finger. Pinch with the paper towel and pull, it should come off in one piece unless its a mastodon rib.
  12. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    I think it depends on the cooker and temp cooked but mine stay on and totally dissolve, the most i do is score them with a knife.  All i know is i get the moistest of ribs and no sign of the membrane. 
  13. pull or not to is really up to u, i have smoked them both ways. can not really tell the difference.


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