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How to Prep Ribs for the Grill or Smoker

June/July 2019 Issue

Before smoking ribs, be sure to remove the thin membrane, or silverskin, that’s attached to the bone side of the rack. This tough, chewy membrane won’t break down and soften during smoking, so it’s best to remove it before you start cooking.

1. With the ribs on a cutting board bone side up, use a sharp boning knife to prick the edge of the membrane and loosen it from the bone.










2. Slip a butter knife between the rib bone and silverskin to continue lifting off the membrane.










3. Using a paper towel so that you don’t lose your grip, grab the edge of the silverskin, pull the membrane away, and discard it.
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