Back ribs from costco

Discussion in 'Pork' started by albinva, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. albinva

    albinva Newbie

    I have purchased these ribs (3 pack) several times.  Each time I have had a real problem removing the thick membrane from the back.  I have peeled membrane from other racks before (non-costco) but unsuccessful with these.

    Any ideas
  2. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sometimes they're just a PITA. I've had some that come off with minimal effort, and some that fight me all the way.
  3. mjeffcoat

    mjeffcoat Fire Starter

    I have found over the years that on the ones that give you trouble, take the handle end of a spoon or fork and pry under the membrane between two bones. Once you get it pried up put your thumb under it and pull up until you get it started. Usually comes off pretty easy from there.
  4. Sometimes they are a PITA. You just have to get-er-done.

    Happy smoken.

  5. Yep, some are easy some are not,  I use a dull butter knife to get it started then grab with a paper towel If thew are real stubborn I get my Pliers 

  6. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I have heard you can run hot water over them and that helps loosen things up. Never tried it before.
  7. albinva

    albinva Newbie

    Thanks all,

    I am familiar with the techniques on removing the membrane from ribs.  My contention is that the membrane on the ribs from costco seem to be different than other sources.  The spoon, butter knife, paper towel methods don't work for me.  I end up scraping bone by bone.  The plus side on costco ribs is that they are very meaty and extremely tasty.
  8. krubby

    krubby Smoke Blower

    I could be 100% wrong, but I swear somewhere (maybe buried on this site somewhere) I read Costco already removes the membranes.  maybe they are already pulled off?

    again, I might be completely dreaming I read that somewhere though
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  9. krubby

    krubby Smoke Blower

  10. albinva

    albinva Newbie

    Thanks for the link.  I agree, the material on the back ribs does not seem like membrane to me.  It is a thicker fatty type material that does not cook down or render like I think fat would.  It is a bit of a tough chew on the finished 3-2-1 cook.  I do remove the blood veins from the ribs when preparing.  

    Thanks all. 
  11. The baby back ribs sold at Costo under the Swift Premium Brand already have the membrane removed!  Sometime, several years ago - this switched and all of a sudden, I started having the same problems removing the membrane.  I thought I had just lost it - till I talked to one of the butchers there and he told me it was already removed.

    There is a second thin membrane holding the bones and meat together on the back side under the (already removed) thick membrane.  I have started scoring it with a sharp knife between the bones to let a bit more smoke get in and like it that way.

    - Dave
  12. No Costco here so I have to remove it. Oh well I prefer that people leave my meat alone.

    Happy smoken.

  13. nascar45011

    nascar45011 Newbie

    I just purchased these ribs from Costco and have found the same thing.  I'm going there today and will ask the butcher if they already remove the membrane...Stay tuned!!!
  14. lsilber

    lsilber Fire Starter

    Wow, this is too good. I bought ribs from Costco today for the first time (the 3 pack) of baby backs. I am new to smoking as most of you know, but I thought I was losing my mind when I couldn't find or remove the membrane this afternoon. I have only ever done ribs once and I bought those at the fresh market, removing the membrane was easy.

    I sure hope the membrane was already removed, because I was getting really frustrated.
  15. lsilber

    lsilber Fire Starter

    This was the packaging on mine
  16. dudebrodude73

    dudebrodude73 Newbie

    I buy the Swift brand BB ribs at Costco ALLLLL the time and never get a membrane. The Swift Spareribs I buy still have the membrane but the BB's seem to always be ready to rock n roll out of the package.
  17. I usually get Hormel   They have a membrane but comes off easy on the BB's

  18. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have been buying baby backs from Costco for several years and the membrane is always removed. It's a nice little plus for costco.
  19. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I used to remove the membrane.  Like Gary I used the butter knife in the middle of the rib method. 

    Later I read about advantages of leaving it in place (retains juices).  Didn't pull the trigger on doing it though until I saw a restaurant and BBQ competitor on TV demonstrate it at his restaurant.  Near as I can tell though it only works in vertical smokers with ribs that are not wrapped in the smoking process.  Smoke the ribs with the bone/membrane side down toward the heat and at the end of the smoke it has rendered down to about as thin as onion skin and pulls off so easily, like one second on the clock, you feel like you are cheating.  Saves on rub too as I do not rub the membrane side. 

    Definitely not the common way of doing things, but hey, it works and speeds up the prep.    
  20. superdave

    superdave Smoking Fanatic

    Dave, we have more in common than out name.  I also score the back of my Costco ribs but my intention was more for allowing that skin to shrink back to the bone.  I have no complaints with the results, which is all that matters. 

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