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How to Remove the Rib Membrane
Remove the Rib Membrane

Before applying any Dry or Wet Rub it is important to remove the Rib Membrane. All ribs have a thin membrane attached to the bottom-side of the rib rack.

To remove the membrane, take a knife and slide it under the membrane. You want to slice just enough to be able to grab the membranes with your fingers, maybe ½ inch. Then, grab the membrane with your fingers and peel it back. You may find that the entire membrane peels away of just part of it. You may need to repeat the process by making an initial slit with the knife and then peeling of the rest of the membrane.

It is very important to remove the membrane. This allows the Rub and/or BBQ Sauce to penetrate the meat on the back-side.


The following information is a reproduction from our good friends over at Knox Spice Co.

Insane In The Membrane.
Removing the membrane from a Rack of Ribs!

There are some deeply guarded secrets when it comes to making great bbq ribs. There are secret societies that protect the rub, sauce and mop recipes that create the best ribs as well as the cooking techniques that make them succulent and flavorful.

What I am about to tell you is not one of these secrets. Sorry, I do not want to loose my membership to the society. But it is a good tip for making great ribs. Many Rib Barbecuing Officianotos will tell you they already know this tip. Some of you will think, how can this make a difference. Some will disregard our tip all together. Have it your way, we can lead a horse to water.

When you buy ribs they probably have a meaty side and a bony side. On the bony side sometimes there is a membrane covering the entire rack of ribs. The quality of the ribs you prepare can be greatly enhanced if you remove this membrane. It is simple to do.

Typically we will start on the biggest end of the rack but you start on whatever end you like the most. With a small paring knife or your finger start to loosen the membrane enough to grab. The membrane will be a little tricky to grab since it is slippery. Take a paper towel or kitchen towel and get a good grip on it. Slowly pull it back holding the membrane at a low angle as you pull it free of the rack.

You may need to change your grip to accommodate getting the entire membrane off of the rack. Now you can rub in your barbecue spices into both sides and they will penetrate more evenly and allow your ribs to be tastier. This tastier rib is a direct reflection of how people perceive you so stand in the bright light of glory and know you have provided a superior rib to your guests. Try any of the Knox Spice Co's Dry Rubs and we guarantee you will not be disappointed: Chipotle BBQ, Jamaican Jerk and Jamaican Jerk.

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