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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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