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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I went to costco and bought a 3 pack or ribs. The outer packaging says "swift". I'm assuming that's the meat company they came from.

ANyways, I get to prepping the ribs and I cannot seem to remove any membrane from all 3 ribs.

Is it possible that swift normally removes the membrane? I tried and just couldnt find anything to peel back....
post #2 of 20
Some companies do remove the membrane but I don't know which ones do it.
post #3 of 20
I've never had them, but I checked out their website, and sent them an email asking about it. I will let you know what they say.
post #4 of 20
I am glad you asked this question! I always buy the 3 pack of BB's from Costco and always try and remove the membrane but there just isn't any thing to get a hold of and I was wondering if it hadn't already been removed. Definitely will be waiting to see what kind of replies you get!
post #5 of 20
I never remove the membrane. I have been using the Swift brand from Costco for around 10 years. It will come off after cooking anyway. The only time I remove the membrane is on Beef ribs. Just my opinion.
post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 
well, if they do, its another good reason to buy from them!

the ribs came out great and i didnt taste any membrane on it after cooking...
post #7 of 20
I found a few racks lacking the membrane that I bought from Costco.
post #8 of 20

Wow, that was a quick response. Apparently the do remove it for Costco. Here is the reply I got.



Good Day Jeff… Thank you for your e-mail.  JBS currently process back ribs with or without the membrane.  For our Costco

Account we DO remove the membrane from the back ribs.  Please feel free to contact us with any other questions. 


Best Regards, 


Rose Anna Talamantes

JBS USA Consumer Affairs


Edited by daddyzaring - 7/5/10 at 10:41am
post #9 of 20
Costco meat has been the best i have had... 18Yrs I had a Costco near by...but now it is 200 mi to the nearest one so we have to go to Safeway, Smith's, WAlly world or Sam's...
Have not found the same meat Quality and price is a big problem...
Glad to hear that Costco get their BB with out as i do not remember removing the membrane on mine... O well every 3-4 mo we go to Costco and BUY $200-$300.00 of meat and other stuff we like there.
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
wow... that's great! i'm only buying my ribs from them...

they were really meaty too!

the price was $2.99 which is a good price...
post #11 of 20
Now I haven't seen any ribs of any kind come with the membrain removed but it would be nice thou. I don't or haven't benn into a costco in years but I might have to soon and see.
post #12 of 20
Well am I glad you asked that question because I too buy my ribs from Costco. I spent about 10 minutes looking for a hand hold in what turned out to NOT be the membrane.icon_redface.gif That is really good to know! Thanks for posting!!
post #13 of 20
They all should sell them w/out membrane, dome of us are just paying for something we won't eat.
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
agreed! saves a bit of time on prep work and it just feels like a higher quality product....

i wonder if they remove the membrane off the cosco spares...
post #15 of 20
I thought I was the only one having problems with the membrane.

Thanks for asking.
post #16 of 20

i had that problem yesterday, i was pulling and pulling and pulling and nothing coming off.  I was so mad.  Ill tell you thank God for SMF where else would you get this info

post #17 of 20

THANK YOU!!! Ive been trying to get the membrane off the last 15 minutes. Come on here and find out swift removes the membrane for Costco.....awesome.....

post #18 of 20

Nice Info.!  Wish we had a Costco here.  Seems like someone should look into altering the genetics of hogs so that the membrane would be missing from all of them!  Just saying...


post #19 of 20
Originally Posted by BURKSMOKE View Post

Nice Info.!  Wish we had a Costco here.  Seems like someone should look into altering the genetics of hogs so that the membrane would be missing from all of them!  Just saying...


Shhhhh, not so loud!

They will do it, but then if we eat meat from those hogs, we grow a third eye, on our forehead!



post #20 of 20

Just opened and prepped a 3 pack of Costco St Louis style ribs. All three had their membrane on them. Very easy to remove however.

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