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Old 03-05-2011, 11:48 AM   #1
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Default Baby back off or on?

So i know the theory behind keeping the skin on versus off. I like to take it off my St. louis style, figure theres enough fat in the ribs to keep them moist. Now for baby backs whats the prefered method? Also i was thinking about 3 hours for baby's as oppossed to 5 for St. Louis style. What say you?
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:57 AM   #2
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Please click on the link and go down to post #5.
I always remove the skin on both pork and beef ribs.

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Old 03-05-2011, 12:01 PM   #3
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:37 PM   #4
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Yep, I always remove the skin. Baby backs are favorite.
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Old 03-05-2011, 02:14 PM   #5
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Yeah that skin is just nasty to chew on. Peel it off.
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Old 03-05-2011, 03:31 PM   #6
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The ones you buy at Costco already have the membrane removed, god love 'em..
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Old 03-05-2011, 03:36 PM   #7
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Remove it and get some rub on both sides, 2.5 - 3 hrs @ 225*, just do the bend test so you don't over cook them.
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Old 03-05-2011, 03:59 PM   #8
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Membrane, or skin? I'm not sure I've ever seen either BB's or Spares sold skin on...

If membrane, yes, always remove it. IF you can't (I've had it where it was in little
pieces) remove it, then score it to the point that the smallest piece is no bigger than
a quarter of an inch, square. I actually placed 3rd in a competition with BB's where
the membrane wouldnt remove so we scored it...
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:36 PM   #9
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That is interesting Hance. I tend to just fuss until I get the membrane off. I have heard that if you are cooking over direct heat, you can leave it on until done cooking, when it peels right off.
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:48 PM   #10
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I always remove it but that's just me!!

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Old 03-05-2011, 05:59 PM   #11
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same here, i always remove the membrane, but i might try the scoring methid once to see how that works.
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:24 PM   #12
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I normally peel, but if I come across a tough membrane, I'll make slits through it to let the smoke penetrate.
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:56 PM   #13
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I always remove the membrane. It's not that hard, once you get the hang of it.

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I always remove, just grab it with paper towel and pull. Takes less than a minute and makes the experience much better. Costco removes theirs on the BBs almost all the time.
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