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Rib membrane removal-cold temp problem?

ewillieewillie Posts: 155
edited 7:35AM in EggHead Forum
I grabbed four racks of baby backs at Costco on my way home from work. I wanted to get the membranes pulled off and the mustard and rub on before some guests arrived and let them take up the flavors over night.

I tried pulling the membranes off and had no success except rib by rib.

I suspect my problem is that they are cold and need to come to room temperature.

Am I on the right track, or do I have another problem? Thanks everyone, Erik

Comments

  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,773
    temp isn't the issue.

    next time grab them with a paper towel and pull slowly..
  • Thanks CW, the temp non issue is interesting to know.

    GG
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,679
    the paper towel works great, it gives you grip on a very slippery membrane. If you are real lucky & start right at the middle rib by slipping a butter knife under it & then working your finger in there, you can pull the whole thing straight up & off & the slipperiness isn't an issue:

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    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Sometimes ribs I buy at Costco have the membrane removed already. Perhaps you have some of those?
  • DarnocDarnoc Posts: 2,661
    Slow and easy to remove the membrane.If you try to rush it you will have tear issues that will get you frustrated.
  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,773
    When I compete my ribs go from the cooler to the table. They are prepped immediately.

    Grab the membrane with a paper towel and pull slowly. Sometimes they break but most times they come right off.
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,679
    first time I did ribs I spent 45 minutes cursing & trying to remove a membrane that turned out to not be there, that is one lesson you don't need to learn twice :unsure:
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,924
    Ever since AZRP posted the tip of starting in the middle and working your fingers in from the sides I've been doing it that way. No paper towels, no pliers, no fighting and it's off in a giffy!
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • ewillieewillie Posts: 155
    I guess I should have pointed out that I did this with great success just a couple of weekends ago, using many of the tips I learned here, getting almost all of them off in one piece.

    There is clearly membrane present, but when I get the spoon in under them backwards, and my two fingers under them, they are ripping and fiercely sticking to the bone, and not coming off at all, except one bone to the next.

    Not sure why I'm having such a different experience than my recent successful removal.

    I appreciate the tips, however.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,924
    were the ribs injected ones? Though I avoid them if I can the injected ribs I get have the membrane fiercely punctured with many holes. I wonder if between the injected chemical and the weakened membrane could that be the reason they are tearing off in pieces.
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • bubba timbubba tim Posts: 3,216
    Are you sure you weren't a Proctologist in a former life? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    SEE YOU IN FLORIDA, March 14th and 15th 2014 http://www.sunshinestateeggfest.com You must master temp, smoke, and time to achive moisture, taste, and texture! Visit www.bubbatim.com for BRISKET HELP
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,679
    when the beers start flow'n just make sure there are no rubber gloves around or you may find out the hard way :lol: :laugh: :woohoo:
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • bubba timbubba tim Posts: 3,216
    :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    SEE YOU IN FLORIDA, March 14th and 15th 2014 http://www.sunshinestateeggfest.com You must master temp, smoke, and time to achive moisture, taste, and texture! Visit www.bubbatim.com for BRISKET HELP
  • If there is a membrane and it comes off that easily it shouldn't be tough to eat. I wouldn't worry about it. Sounds like you have some very nice ribs. Costco has very good ribs in my opinion. If you cook them 3-2-1 the worst that can happen is the meat falls off the bone and the membrane holds them together.
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,679
    you never replied to my email
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    yeah. there are two membranes. one is the membrane along the ribs, another is the sheath around each rib. the outer one comes off easily. the other one is there to stay, and goes under the meat that is between each rib.
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • ChrisChris Posts: 117
    I had the same problem with some ribs from Costco. After a closer inspection...I think the membrane was already removed. Costco told me that 1% of the time they get their ribs with the membranes already removed.I was trying to pull off the very thin film that remains after you have already pulled the membrane.
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    Chris,

    Good call. I think you are and Fidel are right. This happens often. Not sure if I have ever had 4 out of 4 with no membrane, but I have seen 2 out of 4 a lot.
    Happy Trails
    ~thirdeye~

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • bubba timbubba tim Posts: 3,216
    Sorry, about that. I must have missed your email. When did you send it? I will check my R bin. :huh:
    SEE YOU IN FLORIDA, March 14th and 15th 2014 http://www.sunshinestateeggfest.com You must master temp, smoke, and time to achive moisture, taste, and texture! Visit www.bubbatim.com for BRISKET HELP
  • ewillieewillie Posts: 155
    I think you guys are right, what was left was very thin and would not pull, so I think the larger membrane was already removed.

    I rubbed them down with mustard and used Dizzy Dust on two racks and JH Pecan Rub on two.

    An old friend of mine is stopping by on his way home from Thanksgiving, so I'm hoping to have the ribs done by about 7:00 this evening.

    Thanks as always for the advice. Erik
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