Why are my pork ribs chewy?

Chef's answer
The best ribs are juicy and tender (but not quite falling off the bone) with a thin, crisp outer layer. ... If your ribs are chewy, you either forgot to remove the membrane from the back of the ribs or you didn't cook them long enough. If your ribs are dry, you likely cooked them too hot and fast.1 Sep 2018
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The meat in the center should be white and there should be no pink juices. Remember, if you have cooked with smoke, there will probably be pink meat near the surface, but the meat in the center should be white or tan. Click here to see a perfect rib.21 Mar 2012
How We Cook Ribs in the Oven
  • Remove the membrane (remember, this ensures fall-off-the-bone ribs).
  • Generously season both sides with salt and pepper. ...
  • Cover the ribs with aluminum foil.
  • Bake the ribs at a low temperature (275F) for 3 to 4 hours or until they are tender.
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    Leaving the membrane attached to your ribs will result in less-flavorful ribs and a tough texture. ... Unlike the cartilage and other connective tissue between and around the ribs, this membrane does not soften when it's cooked. It just comes out tough and chewy, like a sheet of plastic.16 Sep 2019
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