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Thread: Rib Membrane - How do you remove it?

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    Rib Membrane - How do you remove it?

    I thought this subject deserved a thread of its own.

    As I have stated before, I pull it off with catfish skinners. It's the best way that I have found.

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    I usually use a paper towel, but it can get a little messy. I think I'm gonna be giving the catfish skinners a try. Catfish skin is tough and slippery just like that membrane so it makes sense.
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    I get it started with the back of a spoon, grip and rip.

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    Pork ribs seem like an easy affair. I plan to do Beef Ribs soon. As I recall the Beef Ribs were a far more difficult task. If I remember right, the last (and only) time I tried to remove membranc from the back of beef ribs, it was a unsuccessful project. Beef "ribers" can chime in here as well.
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    I have done beef ribs a few times and not been real happy with the outcome, but I think it has more to do with the source meat than the method. The beef ribs we get around here are really fatty for some reason. The ones I cut off a rib roast are great, but I'm not going to pay rib roast prices for beef ribs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLBentRider View Post
    I get it started with the back of a spoon, grip and rip.
    Same here only I use a butter knife and paper towel to grip it. I'll be looking for an oyster shucker to replace the butter knife. Heard the shucker works better.

    The beef rib membranes I've done have only been slightly more of a challenge to remove than their pork counterparts.
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    Add another one who scrapes up a bit (I use a steak knife) then pulls with paper towel. It usually works well, for pork (have never done beef ribs).

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    I buy costco baby backs with no membranes...otherwise its pretty easy...just get it started and let her rip.

    The funniest thing is that when I first started this I would spend forever trying to remove the membrane of off costco ribs! Finally figured out there were no membranes!

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    lol, now thats funny. paper towel for me. its easy.
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    This how I take off the membrane

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