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Why remove the membrane?

Dave_MatthewsDave_Matthews Posts: 201
edited May 2013 in EggHead Forum
I cooked some ribs the other night and had some membrane left on.  No big deal, and a bit fun/crunchy.  Am I a bad person?

Dave
no, not -that- one!
KI4PSR

Comments

  • tnbarbqtnbarbq Posts: 248
    You are perfectly normal. I think removing the membrane is too labor intensive and highly over rated.
    Scooter 
    Mid TN. Hangin' in the 'Boro. MIM Judge
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,542
    What's a membrane? I have never seen one on ribs.  ;)


    (hooray for Costco and membrane-free ribs)
  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,562
    What's a membrane? I have never seen one on ribs.  ;)


    (hooray for Costco and membrane-free ribs)


    The Pleura. You know better.

    Ideally to be removed due to its tough structure, but if it does not bother you, don't waste time messing with it. Removing it also lets you season the bone side.

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    Large and Small BGE, and a baby black Kub.

    And all the toys to make me look like a Gizmo Chef.

    >:)

    Chattanooga, TN.

     

  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,542
    edited May 2013
    +1 @aviator

    This is precisely why I remove them when I get non-costco ribs.

    (yes I know better)
  • jeroldharterjeroldharter Posts: 514
    Yes.
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    XL BGE with adj rig & woo2

  • BOWHUNRBOWHUNR Posts: 1,479
    Why not it's easy and it allows more rub to get to the meat.  A butter knife and a paper towel and it's off of the rack lickity split.   After I remove it I take a fork and pierce between each rib several times on each side.  I learned this at a school taught by Chris Marks of Ace of Hearts BBQ.  I questioned it at first, but hey, he's won the American Royal 8 times.

    Mike

    I'm ashamed what I did for a Klondike Bar!!

    Omaha, NE
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,575
    While I don't care for Rendezvous ribs... I like the crunchy membrane they leave on. Might try it next time.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • I do it but I think it's easy. BBQ restaurants do not do it (in general) so if you have a favorite rib joint, you've eaten plenty of membrane
    Keeping it Weird in the ATX
  • JustacookinJustacookin Posts: 255
    I have pulled it and have pierced it personally I like the crispy side with lotts of seasoning.
    XL & waiting for my Mini Max Bloomington MN.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 10,005
    Back in the good 'ol days I was told to remove and recycle the membrane as that was the basic ingredient for condoms...now I have slept in a Holiday Inn Express since then and consumed a few adult supervisory beverages so I may have shaded the facts-but no apologies :)>-
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs 
    Pit Barrel Cooker
    ABC- 
  • BotchBotch Posts: 4,389
    lousubcap said:
    Back in the good 'ol days I was told to remove and recycle the membrane as that was the basic ingredient for condoms...
    There's a baby-back pun somewhere here but I can't put my finger on it... 
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  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,393

    Botch
    said:
    lousubcap said:
    Back in the good 'ol days I was told to remove and recycle the membrane as that was the basic ingredient for condoms...
    There's a baby-back pun somewhere here but I can't put my finger on it... 



    Baby Back Rubbers

    Slogan: Baby "get" back.... Ain't no body got time for that!


    Take time to remove your membrane, your ribs (and parents) will thank you later!


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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,614
    Membrane off - always tender. Once you find the edge, use a piece of paper towel to grab the membrane and off she comes. 
    Costco (Swifts i think?) seem to always be removed. 
    IMHO if ribs are braised or steamed, the membrane seems to actually get tougher, on the egg it seems to get crunchy?
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,393
    edited May 2013
    oh goodness..... now i really am sorry for leaving that on your wholesome thread


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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 10,005
    Always enjoyed "swimming without a raincoat" but I digress!
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs 
    Pit Barrel Cooker
    ABC- 
  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,562
    lousubcap said:
    Always enjoyed "swimming without a raincoat" but I digress!

    Don't know about "swimming while on alcohol" with out a raincoat, but I like to run sober without a raincoat doing that. :D

    ______________________________________________ 

    Large and Small BGE, and a baby black Kub.

    And all the toys to make me look like a Gizmo Chef.

    >:)

    Chattanooga, TN.

     

  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,575
    It said "ribbed for her pleasure"... I'm selfish, I turned it inside out.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,562
    edited May 2013
    henapple said:
    It said "ribbed for her pleasure"... I'm selfish, I turned it inside out.
    Why, are you petit that it ribs on you?
    =))

    ______________________________________________ 

    Large and Small BGE, and a baby black Kub.

    And all the toys to make me look like a Gizmo Chef.

    >:)

    Chattanooga, TN.

     

  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,201
    Actually, intestine (from sheep?) was used for condoms way back when. I think.

    I leave the membrane on. I like the way it takes up the rub. I usually rub the membrane side with more cayenne so that it hits the tongue first.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,697
    henapple said:

    It said "ribbed for her pleasure"... I'm selfish, I turned it inside out.

    =))
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • MrCookingNurseMrCookingNurse Posts: 4,393
    caliking said:

    Actually, intestine (from sheep?) was used for condoms way back when. I think.

    I leave the membrane on. I like the way it takes up the rub. I usually rub the membrane side with more cayenne so that it hits the tongue first.

    Gotta get my mind out of the gutter and your helping zero


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    XLBGE 
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,978
    caliking said:
    Actually, intestine (from sheep?) was used for condoms way back when. I think. I leave the membrane on. I like the way it takes up the rub. I usually rub the membrane side with more cayenne so that it hits the tongue first.

    I'm now puking over every lamb sausage I ever ate

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,575
    With all the diseases out now you better use aglad garbage bag.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,201
    I'm now puking over every lamb sausage I ever ate
    My work is done then. See, I can be an idea man too!  =))

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273
    I always want to take the membrane off.   But, have gotten in too much of a hurry, skipped ( or forgot) the step.   Was not the end of the world.
    Cookin in Texas
  • WiltOnTiltWiltOnTilt Posts: 102
    Seems to be a polarizing topic. Some ppl love it, others hate it. I found the ribs at rendezvous in Memphis to be terrible and part of the reason why was the membrane. I'm from KC though so maybe my expectations were too high. I significantly prefer no membrane but if you like it then go for it.
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