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Trimming a Whole Pork Spare Rib Rack


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Pulling the Membrane
Spare Ribs with Skirt Removed

Spare Ribs with Skirt Removed

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Some people say it is important to remove the membrane, others claim it doesn't matter. If you don't want to do it, you don't have to. In fact, you really don't have to trim your ribs at all. Personally, I remove the membrane.

The rib membrane is a water proof film that separated the chest cavity of the hog from the muscle/rib area. It keeps virtually everything from passing in or out of the chest area. When cooking ribs this means that it keeps out smoke and seasoning flavor and holds in the fat that needs to be rendered. This is why I remove the membrane. Plus it is really easy to do and only takes a few seconds once you can get a good grip on it.

You can see the membrane as a dull, whitish film over the rib section of the rack.

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