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Rib membrane

ShelbyShelby Posts: 803
edited 12:57PM in EggHead Forum
In watching some of the grilling shows on FoodTV the past week, I saw some guy in Memphis say he doesn't remove the membrane and the way to tell if they are properly cooked is the membrane "melts" away.[p]Anybody have much success with this or do most do as I do and remove the membrane before cooking?


  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    Is it the same guy that says cooking babybacks over 2 hours is drying out ribs? Some guy from Memphis has been on TV a lot lately preaching that low and slow is incorrect. My wife watched the show and was telling me about it.
    I think removing the membrane for slow and low is correct. If you want boil the bejeezse out of, I'm sure that will work.
    This guy is really getting on my nerves.[p]CWM

  • Car Wash Mike, No, the membrain will NOT 'melt away'.

  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    Thank you very much for that info. Because I have never tried.[p]CWM

  • JSlotJSlot Posts: 1,218
    OK, Shelby. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he DOES melt the membrane away. What happens to all that flavor from the rub that was on the membrane side? You'd have to assume that would be gone, too. The membrane would still be there during the initial part of the cook when the meat is cold and absorbing lots of smoke, so it would also inhibit some smoke flavoring, IMHO. I think that even if you can melt the membrane away, it's a bad idea to cook without removing it first.[p]Jim
  • Shelby,
    Yeah, theres no melting away membrane- thats some tuff stuff. It will either turn into a rubber band or something similar to cellofane. In fact, i ordered ribs at an On The Border resurant once. and I thought they had not removed the membrane. Turns out is WAS cellophane from the packaging- that was disturbing.

  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    It won't melt away. It either stays on the ribs and sort of splits into pieces or if you are lucky, the whole thing just shrivels into a crunchy ball of stuff that dogs LOVE! My dog didn't understand why I wouldn't cook 40 or 50 racks so he would have plenty of doggie treats. [p]TNW

    The Naked Whiz
  • RodanRodan Posts: 32
    I always remove the membrane. It allows the rub and the smoke to penetrate better. It also makes your ribs more tender in the end. For a test, try a rack with and one without the membrane.[p]I use an oyster knife to pry it up off the bone & then either fish skinning pliers or paper towels to grab it and pull it off. I've had pretty good luck with the pliers.

  • ShelbyShelby Posts: 803
    I'm with all of you. I always remove the membrane. I was just wondering if any had tried it the other way. Apparetnly not.
    Thanks for the input/discussion.

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