I have never removed it, and have never noticed any off tastes.
"Bacon is the gateway meat." - Chef Ryan Farr
Dark Horse BBQ Competition Team
KCBS Master CBJ
Certified Moink Baller
Good One "Open Range" Smoker, WMS (Cirqa 1983), Rescued NB offset, Modified ECB, No-name Charcoal Grill, Perfect Flame Gasser, Weber 22.5" One Touch Silver