Will my ribs be OK???

Discussion in 'Pork' started by fireguy, May 9, 2008.

  1. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    Hey all, doing back ribs for the first time tommarow... got up this am to pull that shinny stuff off the back of them, only it would only come off in really bitty pieces... sad to say I gave up and rubbed for in the mourning... it seammed so thin that i couldnt even get a little to stay together.
    will they still eat??? and is it possible that the thick stuff has already been removed by the processor..I know dumb rokkie question, but help would be appreciated.
  2. chargrilled

    chargrilled Meat Mopper

    no idea where you got the ribs but, yes it is possible that the butcher removed the outter membrane.

    If you are pulling off membrane and the bones are being exposed than the outter is already gone and you want to leave em alone.

    Hell rub em and smoke em, all mistake are still edible[​IMG] .

    Good luck and I sent you a PM.
  3. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Don't worry about it. [​IMG]
  4. bwsmith_2000

    bwsmith_2000 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Chargrilled is right on. The membrane that you want to pull off is a very thin, almost transparent film. If you're into the thicker white membrane that when removed exposes the bone, then the outer one has probably been removed .... although I've found this to be the case rarely. Go ahead and smoke them up. I'm sure they'll be fine. And do let us know how they turn out.
  5. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yup, sounds like the skin has already been removed....now get to smokin! [​IMG]
  6. flyin'illini

    flyin'illini Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    fireguy -- Sounds like you are fine here. FWIW... something that really helped me figure out how to get the membrane off (like TX-HTR pic) was to find a How To video via google. (some have posted links in the SMF as well) There are many out there.
  7. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey fireguy, very possible the membrane has already been removed, if all yer gettin is itsy pieces it ain't gonna hurt nothin anyway, all the membrane does really is add a bit a "chew" to yer ribs. Yall be just fine, smokim, eat em and don't worry none bout it. May the smoke gods smile upon yer cooker!
  8. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    thanks guys, any other pointers??? otherwise will be sure to post the results.
  9. jbg4208

    jbg4208 StickBurners

    Make plenty - They are addictive.
  10. tmw611

    tmw611 Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I second that! Can't have too many ribs. I smoked some baby backs a few weeks ago and I had people over I aint never seen before.
  11. mr porky

    mr porky Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like they will be fine. Better some some this way to be sure[​IMG] Only pointer I have is perhaps spritzing them with apple juice and rum. I will be doing some ribs tomorrow and thought I'd use up the leftover juice and rum from last weeks smoke.
  12. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    Well, gottem done... smoked around 225 using 3-2-1 method. rubbed with jeffs rub, Spritzed every hour with jd-applejuice. made some wicked beans, slaw, and fried mushrooms.... all tasted great... was a bit disapointed on the tuffness of the ribs, one rack was perfest the others were a bit tuff. Apparently the film I was trying to remove was still on them. well have to try again to improve them, well heres the Q...
  13. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey fireguy, them be some tastey lookin vittles ya made there! Sometimes that just be the ribs, some are more tender then others, coulda been the membrane. Did ya move yer ribs around in the smoker? What I mean is, there are spots in the smoker that are hotter then others, so I move my ribs from rack ta rack durin the cook time to help even out the temp spots some. Looks like yall cookin on a horizontal, but would still move em round from spot ta spot. I think yall did just fine!
  14. teeotee

    teeotee Smoking Fanatic

    That film can be a tricky lil' thing to get off.

    It all looks good tho, i've attempted ribs a few times with varying degress of success, none with the results i wanted .....

    Hey, just means we'll have to practise more[​IMG]
  15. fireguy

    fireguy Smoking Fanatic

    hey guys, apon a closer look into my tuff, but tastey ribs.... as i eat the left overs.... it seem that the toughnes or chewy film is almost in the middle of the meat. Is this a usual thing to have a membrane in the center or what... hell i dont know, maybe im reaching for an excuse... I just keep thinking about my delema. thanks
  16. t-bone tim

    t-bone tim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    They look great !!

    when you foiled did you seal up tight and put some of you're spritz in with the ribs ??
  17. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hey, Ken....thanks for wearing a shirt so we don't have to look at your hairy belly, like in qview from certain other SMF members....don't wanna mention any names....(*cough*WD*cough*).....[​IMG][​IMG]

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