No matter which type of rib you’re smoking or grilling, removing the membrane is the first thing on the to-do list.

The membrane is stringy, tough, and just plain unappetizing — something every rib lover and pitmaster knows.

In this article, we’re going to learn how to remove the membrane from ribs — we’re also going to be discussing what the membrane really is.

It’s possible to buy ribs with the membrane, or silverskin, already removed, this makes your prep easier. But, if you buy ribs and discover the membrane is still intact, don’t worry, removing it is no biggie, but it’s certainly necessary.

Before we get into removing the membrane, let’s find out what it actually is.