Rib Membrane???????

Discussion in 'Pork' started by blbuchy, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. When I remove what I think is the Membrane(very thin and almost transparent comes off) on a rack of ribs there is always still something on the bone and meat. Should I go back and pick everything off down to the bone?
  2. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    The membrane is enough. What is left is fat I think.

  3. scootermagoo

    scootermagoo Smoking Fanatic

    No.  Just remove the silverskin.  That is what you removed.  Some people don't even do that.  I do personally.
  4. thanks guys.

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    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  6. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Remove this.

    Not This

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  7. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What they said :)
  8. A few pictures are worth thousands of words - nicely done - it would be hard to mis-understand these.

    I always buy my Baby Backs at Costco (swift brand).  Years ago, I would pull the membrane off.  Then, at some point, I got a pack where the "membrane" would not pull off.  It took a few tries and discussions till I found out that Swift was now pulling the membranes on the ribs they sell to Costco.  I wish I had seen something this clear back then.  You wouldn't believe what I went through on a few racks trying to get that "membrane" off before I figured it out!
  9. you can peel it off, leave it on or even just score it with a knife.
  10. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I used to remove the membrane often it was a PITA as it would come off in little pieces, very time consuming. A few months ago I was running way behind and said frig it. I rubbed them and smoked the racks at 275*F, no foiling, for 4 hours...NOBODY NOTICED THE DIFFERENCE! The membrane actually got kind of crisp and the meat still had plenty of Rub and Smoke flavor with a nice tug. I am sold, the Membrane stays!...JJ
  11. millerk0486

    millerk0486 Meat Mopper

    All of the fat under the membrane will melt away as you smoke it. i fyou have a hard time pulling off the membrane, then use a paper towel to grab it with. That works best for me.
  12. hagisan

    hagisan Meat Mopper

    It's very rare that I can get the membrane to come off easily as shown in the pic.  Most of the time it's a PITA and I go to use the paper towel method to no avail.  I'm left using a knife only to get little bits and pieces off and the rib looks Frankenstein.  Could it be the brand of ribs we have here locally or do I just need more practice?
  13. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    I got a chance to talk to 3 of the Comp Teams at the Rib Cook-off in Sparks NV last week. All 3 said they didn't have time to mess with the membrane nor would they if they had the time. But, all 3 teams did score the membrane with a knife before the rub and smoker.

  14. If you are buying Swift brand from Costco - they have already pulled off the Membrane - and you are most likely trying to get that underlying membrane that holds the bones in.  Check with the meat cutter wherever you are buying the ribs - see if they have already pulled it.  I had this problem when Swift went from shipping their 3-packs with membranes to removing them.
  15. jeffed76

    jeffed76 Meat Mopper

    you just made my day, I bought some swift ribs for the weekend and would have been trying to pull off the membrane for hours :)
  16. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Removing the membrane is easy.....   run hot tap water over the membrane for 30 seconds or so.... that melts the fat, just enough, so the membrane pulls right off once you grab it with a paper towel.......    Works for me.....     Dave
  17. I have never heard of this - makes sense - I'll try it next time - thanks!
  18. The past half dozen or so times I smoked ribs I had very little trouble getting the membrane off. I usually just rinse the rack off under warm water, and peel up the membrane with a butter knife, and pull it off with my bare fingers. I don't go all crazy getting every last little bit off.
  19. I have found that a pair of catfish skinning pliers work great when removing the membrane.
  20. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Almost all my membranes to date have pulled of as easily as shown in the picture. The only time I have trouble is if the membrane is scored or damaged

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