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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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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]
mike243
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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]
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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]
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Always remove. Get better flavor and I believe more tender.
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