Babyback question

Discussion in 'Pork' started by raven1911, May 26, 2008.

  1. raven1911

    raven1911 Fire Starter

    I have cooked numerous spare ribs on my GOSM but never tried babybacks. I am prepping them this morning and cannot seem to find the membrane to pull back. Everytime I seem to think I have the membrane I pull on it and it tears like a price tag and doesn't seem to come off as one like my experience with spare ribs. Any chance the membrane is already off from the butcher? Is the membrane smaller or different than in spare ribs?? It just doesn't seem to come straight off for some reason.
  2. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That is very possible. If the membrane was there you would know it.
  3. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Yes, it is entirely possible that the membrane was already removed when you got your ribs. If you can't pull it off like you do with spares, it isn't there.

  4. raven1911

    raven1911 Fire Starter

    Thanks for the quick responses, I appreciate it!
  5. voldaddy

    voldaddy Meat Mopper

    I did 4 racks of BB's yesterday, and 3 had the membrane, 1 didn't.
  6. flyin'illini

    flyin'illini Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Raven, I had the same issue on Friday night and high-jacked someone else's thread to get a quick assurance (from Capt Dan) that this could be the case with baby-backs. I had purchased mine at CostCo and had only done spares before Sat.

    One video I watched ( I think? -- see google) trying to figure this out mentioned something about a secondary membrane that is below the top.

    PS -- I did 6 racks of BB's (2 packages) none had a membrane.

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