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#3267569 - 06/13/13 03:24 PM Pork Rib membrane debate
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Mud Dauber
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Pork ribs:

A. Remove membrane before smoking
B. Remove membrane after smoking
C. Do not remove membrane

Why?
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#3267713 - 06/13/13 06:52 PM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: Poser]
Wobblyshot1
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I've done both A and C.

Funny thing.....they all ate real good.
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#3267765 - 06/13/13 08:05 PM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: Wobblyshot1]
KANATI McD
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Some like it, some don't. Its like chewing through a piece of balloon in my opinion and if you remove it, I believe the smoke will penetrate the meat a little easier.
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#3267778 - 06/13/13 08:38 PM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: KANATI McD]
BamaProud
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Remove before. I'm not sure of any benefit of leaving it on. Why would you?
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#3267799 - 06/13/13 09:07 PM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: BamaProud]
TNDeerGuy
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From my experience removing it does two things—better flavor and more tender. I've done it both ways, and I would much prefer to have it removed.
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#3267829 - 06/13/13 09:47 PM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: TNDeerGuy]
cleatus2506
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Remove, every time.
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#3267901 - 06/14/13 04:23 AM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: cleatus2506]
mike243
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if you leave it on it will help retain the moisture when smoking,I don't flip or foil my ribs ,meat side up .the back side dosent have any meat any way for the most part,I have done it both ways & as long as you don't over heat or let them stay on too long its all good,a paper towel will help you pull it off,tried every thing but cant beat the paper towels lol.I remove if grilling so seasonings can get to more areas
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#3267932 - 06/14/13 06:14 AM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: mike243]
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Remove it before.
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#3267933 - 06/14/13 06:17 AM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: Wildcat]
BMan
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Before.
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#3267956 - 06/14/13 07:19 AM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: BMan]
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Mud Dauber
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Since the membrane is in impenetrable, my theory is that it impedes smoke penetration from the bottom and circulation between the rib bones. It seems to me that if you are relying on the membrane to "retain moisture", then you would want your ribs face down in the smoker since you will lose moisture in a upwards/evaporating manner. Because moisture is lost in a upwards direction, I do not buy the "retains moisture" argument.

Baby back ribs in particular, should have the membrane removed. Because of their size, you should be able to work the whole bone over with your teeth, especially on those upper bits where you get a little piece of the loin.
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#3267972 - 06/14/13 07:51 AM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: Poser]
DntBrnDPig
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A, no doubt.
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#3268012 - 06/14/13 08:54 AM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: DntBrnDPig]
mike243
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The heat drives the moisture out of the meat.it will lay on top & not drop off of the meat.if its face down it falls rite off.smoke will penetrate plenty
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#3268018 - 06/14/13 09:17 AM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: mike243]
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 Originally Posted By: mike243
The heat drives the moisture out of the meat.it will lay on top & not drop off of the meat.if its face down it falls rite off.smoke will penetrate plenty


If I am following your argument correctly, you are saying that the membrane "shields" the underbelly of the ribs from the heat. Is that what you are saying?


Edited by Poser (06/14/13 09:23 AM)
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#3268023 - 06/14/13 09:32 AM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: Poser]
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Mud Dauber
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Also, found this. On a Smoking Meat forum, apparently 94% remove the membrane before smoking: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/93889/do-you-remove-the-membrane-from-ribs

Virtually every other website I found with "pro tips" on ribs, suggests removing the membrane. examples:

http://barbequemaster.blogspot.com/2009/03/are-your-ribs-tough-remove-membrane.html

http://bbq.about.com/od/ribs/ss/aa102508a_3.htm

http://bbqpitboys.com/recipes/pork-ribs-membrane-removal#.UbsqP_b71n8

Alton Brown's rib recipe instructs you remove the membrane:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/barbecue-st-louis-pork-ribs-recipe2/index.html

Pat the ribs dry and turn bone-side up. Trim excess fat and, if one end of the ribs is especially narrow, trim meat and bone to ensure even cooking. Remove the membrane on the underside of the ribs by inserting a rounded utensil, an upside-down spoon works well, between the membrane and the meat at one end of the slab. Carefully work the spoon under the membrane to loosen but not tear. Once enough has been loosened, use a paper towel to hold onto the membrane as you slowly pull it down the slab to remove.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton...tml?oc=linkback
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#3268048 - 06/14/13 10:25 AM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: Poser]
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My theroy is it helps slow the moisture loss.it will still evaporate off the top but not as fast as it would by dripping off it.cook w racks 1 each way at same time & use no foil & dont attemp to eat the membrane as thats not the idea.no flipping just good smoke/heat management.you might be suprised
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#3268056 - 06/14/13 10:36 AM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: mike243]
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Mud Dauber
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 Originally Posted By: mike243
My theroy is it helps slow the moisture loss.it will still evaporate off the top but not as fast as it would by dripping off it.cook w racks 1 each way at same time & use no foil & dont attemp to eat the membrane as thats not the idea.no flipping just good smoke/heat management.you might be suprised


I'd be interested to see a side by side comparison.
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#3268057 - 06/14/13 10:38 AM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: mike243]
BamaProud
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Remove before. Never even thought about removing after.
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#3268244 - 06/14/13 05:10 PM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: BamaProud]
mike243
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I didnt get fat by eating bad food.not saying any method is bad.managing a method can end in the same results.some are less work/lazy vs by the book/intense work.i have had ribs so tuff it would loosen a tooth but the flavor was great lol
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#3268618 - 06/15/13 05:02 PM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: mike243
My theroy is it helps slow the moisture loss.it will still evaporate off the top but not as fast as it would by dripping off it.cook w racks 1 each way at same time & use no foil & dont attemp to eat the membrane as thats not the idea.no flipping just good smoke/heat management.you might be suprised


I'd be interested to see a side by side comparison.


I just eat ribs, never have cooked any. Therefore, I volunteer as a taste tester in this comparison. \:\)
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#3269144 - 06/16/13 08:08 PM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: Poser]
PcDeer
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Always remove. Get better flavor and I believe more tender.
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#3269190 - 06/16/13 08:47 PM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: PcDeer]
BigAl
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Remove, but we foil during part of the cooking time.
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#3269221 - 06/16/13 09:17 PM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: plinker22]
TNDeerGuy
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 Originally Posted By: plinker22
 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: mike243
My theroy is it helps slow the moisture loss.it will still evaporate off the top but not as fast as it would by dripping off it.cook w racks 1 each way at same time & use no foil & dont attemp to eat the membrane as thats not the idea.no flipping just good smoke/heat management.you might be suprised


I'd be interested to see a side by side comparison.


I just eat ribs, never have cooked any. Therefore, I volunteer as a taste tester in this comparison. \:\)


Nice to see someone on here is willing to take one for the team—what a fella! \:D
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#3269638 - 06/17/13 01:52 PM Re: Pork Rib membrane debate [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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A. remove before
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