Spare Rib prep question

Discussion in 'Pork' started by brennan, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    When prepping the ribs for smoking, I know you have to yank off the membrane thats on the bone side of the ribs. Now, what I'm having a hard time with is getting the membrane away from that flap of meat on the bone side (runs diagonally across the bones), and the membrane just above it. any tips on how to get rid of the membrane? or should I just be happy with being able to get most of it and be done?
     
  2. short one

    short one Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Get as much off as possible. I've eaten a lot of ribs, that I cooked, that didn't have the membrane removed and they turned out fine.
     
  3. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    good to know, thanks!
     
  4. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Brennan, just my technique, I cut the "flap" off of spares (use 'em for tasters during the smoke). Then, get a regular kitchen knife and insert it under the membrane at the end of the bones. Using a paper towel for the grip, just pull the membrane off. It may not come off in one piece, but so what, keep at it.

    And as Shortone said, ribs will be fine with the membrane still on. Good luck and dont forget the pics!
     
  5. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    NY
    Not all ribs are the same. On some the membrane comes off more easily then others. Use something to keep it from slipping, like a paper towel, do the best you can but don't let it become a chore.
     
  6. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Allright, i'm gonna start some chit here,[​IMG] but removing the membrane is not that big a deal! Smoking low n slow will all but shrink and deteriate that membrane (let the stuff fly[​IMG] ) Get off as much as you can and rub em down.
    BTW, that flap is called the brisket, like crewdawg, i cut that off, rub and smoke seperate.....nice snack for the cook[​IMG] Good luck and post some pics!!
     
  7. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    glad bubba posted it first.i never remove the membrane & it just disappears low & slow,besides if there is any left onthe bone- the dog loves it more.
     
  8. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Bro, let em stick the knives in my back!!![​IMG] lol
     
  9. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'll still call it the flap..............[​IMG]
     
  10. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    better a knife in the back than a fork in the eye lol
     
  11. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Ribs are going on now, I'll post pics soon.
     
  12. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Here we go! ribs went on about 15 min ago. Here's the wood I've been using recently



    and heres my lil rib roll so it fits on the smoker



    And just for fun, Here's the little one. She just started smiling about a week ago.



    And bath time, Doggy style!
     
  13. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Mighty fine lookin "future smokeress" ya got there! [​IMG] Good lookin Corgie too.
     
  14. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    cute lil' 1 ya got there.
     
  15. keywesmoke

    keywesmoke Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    If you remove that "flap" and square up the ribs, you're preparing Kansas City style ribs. The membrane is removed easiest from the short end, and gripped with a paper towel or even an oven mitt, but throw it in the wash. Nice looking young 'un, mine all have four legs, not two.
     
  16. short one

    short one Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    My .02 worth. I had never removed the membrane until I went to the gathering in Clinton and seen it done there. We removed it there, and I'm going to try it again on a slab or two to compare, but I pretty much agree that it doesn't make much difference just personel prefference. I've eaten way more with it on than with it removed. Even cold out of the fridge as a snack their good.
     
  17. blackhawk19

    blackhawk19 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great lookin kid, My Grand Daughter will be one on the 19th.

    Here is a video on removing the membrane from YouTube
     
  18. OK, call me crazy, but would a tool like you buy to skin catfish with work here?????, seems like the same goal, get the skin off?
     
  19. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    NY
    Great smile on the little one and those ribs don't look half bad either.
     
  20. short one

    short one Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    IMHO they would work, the object is to remove the membrane, anything to "Git R Done".
     

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