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Unread 07-12-2013, 05:46 AM   #1
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Default Unofficial Poll,Rib membrane:to peel or not to peel.That is the question.

The other day I had some St. Louis ribs with the membrane still on from a restaurant.It got me wondering how many of my dear Brethren Didn't peel(I always do).So,do you or don't you?(and why)
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I do but mainly its because everything I have read says to. However I know several that do not and after smoking it peels off easier anyway... So thats a good question maybe I will split the next batch half peeled half not and see what happens
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I always peel. I think the rubs can soak in better and don't like fooling with the membrane after the cook. IMO
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I always peel the membrane. I believe it is a barrier to the rub and that the fat trapped under it sorta boils/steams the ribs. I also think it doesn't allow good smoke penetration.
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I always peel. I tried peeling after the cook without much success so I just went back to peeling as the first step in prep.
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I peel. Once I get it in a pile, I often contemplate how anyone would want to eat it.
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I always peel. I think the rubs can soak in better and don't like fooling with the membrane after the cook. IMO
Agree.
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Peel, because I like to. They seem to take more smoke and flavor that way.
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I always peel, believing it allows the flavors to better penetrate
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Peel, because I like to. They seem to take more smoke and flavor that way.
what he said
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Peel.
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Peel.Only way to let the rub get in on the backside of the ribs
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Peel.
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Peel... Always!
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I always peel because....hey, if it was easy everyone would be doing it.
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