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My attempt to honor CarWashMike

Rafter RRafter R Posts: 120
edited 1:21PM in EggHead Forum
When so many people speak so highly of a person as those here do of CarWashMike, I truely wish I could have met him. I am attempting to honor his legacy and cook his ribs today. However, I have a question or two.

I have never cooked a rib before today and when trying to remove the membrane ... I was successful on one rack but I do not think the second rack had the membrane. Do some racks come with the membrane already gone due to processing or did I just not try hard enough or do it right?

Your assistance , as always, is appreciated. :blush:


  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    Sometimes they come with membrane removed, but most likely all in same package will be the same. Also sometimes they just seem difficult to remove. I would just cut a slit(not deep) on the back side between each rib bone. It will allow the membrane(if present) to shrink up a bit and be almost unnoticeable.
    Good Luck.

    PS..there are several ways to cook good ribs.
  • CrimsongatorCrimsongator Posts: 5,766
    I will add that previously frozen ribs will tend to have membranes that are difficult to pull. They tear easily and don't come off in 1 piece all the time.
  • Spring HenSpring Hen Posts: 1,494
    DR....Lubbock is not that far from Plano so why don't you come over in November and join us at the Plano Eggfest? You'll meet a lot of CarWashMike's friends that are cooking his style....lots of for the banner coming soon.
  • Rafter RRafter R Posts: 120
    Spring Hen...I'll do my best to make it. Has the date been set yet? I should be a lock in unless Tech is playing in Lubbock that weekend. Ribs have been on for 3 hrs now and all looks good. PIcs when we finish.
  • WakefanWakefan Posts: 51
    i have also struggled with removing membranes, the way i was originally shown was to start at the end an pull.
    Then i found my own method.
    My method is basically the way i rub butter under the skin of a chicken or turkey.
    1. I start in the middle (not the end).
    2. i work a finger in at a time until I have my most of my hand inside the membrane.
    3. then i stretch it out in each direction until it comes off.
    4. sometimes there are a few pieces left - for these i use a clean pair of piers.
    Note: once you rip up the membrane - this method does not work as well.

    good luck with the ribs - I really like car wash mikes method.
    easy and tastey.
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    Mike was a great guy as well as a good friend, here's how I remove membranes. -RP
  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    Nov. 5-6.
  • Rafter RRafter R Posts: 120
    I promised photos and here they are. start and finish. They turned out respectable for a first attempt, but I will try for a better tribute next time....
    Egg up to temp in new table

    ribs ready to go...

    a praying mantas trying to steal the goods!!

    and we're done. I did not sauce them on the grill left that to individual taste.
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