Best way to remove membrane from lots of ribs?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by minimark, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. minimark

    minimark Newbie

    I will be smoking about 40 racks of baby back ribs for a graduation party this weekend.  My question - what is the best (most efficient) way to remove the membrane from all of these ribs?
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    slide the flat side of a knife between the membrane and a bone just enough for you to get  your finger in there.  Lift the membrane up enough to be able to grab it with a paper towel.  The membrane should peel right off
  3. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    If you have alot use catfish pliers.
  4. rowdyrawhide

    rowdyrawhide Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    +1 on what alblancher said.  I use a butter knife, I have also seen what I believe was an oyster knife? used too.
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2011
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    spoon handle
  6. smokey mo

    smokey mo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    ...what ya do is get down there with your teeth and......

    no not really, butter knife or spoon handle then paper towel for grip.

    Also, don't for get to drop by ROLL CALL to tell us about yourself.  

    Welcome to the forum!
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2011
  7. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bring Friends!
  8. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yeah...that's the ticket!!

  9. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This may not be the Politicly Correct way of doing it but I run the membrane side under some hot tap water for a few seconds and with paper towel for grip it peels of like Buttah!! The warmth from the water melts the conective fat just enough to loosen it from the  bones and meat.

    Give it a try!

  10. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow!!  Thanks SOB ..I will try to remember this..

  11. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

  12. X 3
  13. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Buy them from Costco membrane is usually already removed.Least ways last few times I bought them they were.
  14. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Most efficient way for me, is to use butter knife under center rib. Stick finger in, and lift up. Pulls both sides up and off equally from the center. I have less instances of having to break out the paper towel to pull off membrane that tore from the one-side-to-the-other method.

    Good Luck, and take pics!
  15. The Costco comment is dead on.  Just bought 17 lbs of them (two packages each had three full racks) and was looking for the membrane.  They were all removed and for only 3.99 lb ($2 less than the supermarket's sale price).
  16. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yup there quality is right up there too.
  17. I used to use a spoon handle.. But now I use my wife... I told her she is now my sous chef and taking the membrane off is a  sous chef Job!![​IMG]   She has not caught on yet
  18. I do this every time I do ribs, works like a charm.
  19. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I like to use my teeth.....or a paper towel whichever works for your.  [​IMG]   Butter knife and paper towel that works the best for me I find baby back though you can just use your hand most of the time
  20. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member


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