I smoke ribs a lot. At least once a week.
I have tried every imaginable way to smoke them, and even though I have my best method that works every time for me.
Out of boredom I still try different methods, the possibilities for ribs are endless.
But over time I have concluded that with the membrane left intact there is more juice retained in the ribs.
Now I will accept that with the membrane off, rub & smoke may penetrate the bottom of the ribs better.
But I like my ribs super juicy & I think you have a better chance of getting that with the membrane on.
Of course this is just my opinion & I realize that out of 100,000 members there are probably 100,000 best rib recipes.
What ever works for you and your family, then that is the best rib recipe, membrane on or off!!