Leftover ribs can be reheated while still keeping them moist and delicious. There are a few different ways to reheat ribs, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.
The most important thing is not to dry them out. Here are some time-tested methods for reheating your leftover ribs without making them tough or flavorless.
Methods to reheat ribs
When reheating ribs, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you want to avoid rushing the process – it’s important to give them time to heat up properly.
Second, make sure they come to room temperature before reheating. This is key because if you try to cook them while they’re still cold, the outside will dry out while the inside remains still cold.
The secret to reheating smoked ribs is patience – let them get back to their original formulation so that you can enjoy that smoky flavor once again.
These methods will all be the same whether you are reheating baby back ribs or back ribs. If you want to know what the difference is check out my post on back ribs vs baby back ribs.
How to reheat ribs on the grill
There are a few different ways to reheat ribs, but this is one of the best methods. Wrapping them in heavy-duty aluminum foil and cooking them over low heat on a grill will help give them that delicious, moist, smoky flavor.
Make sure your grill is set to moderate heat of about 250-300°F. While the grill heats up allow your ribs to sit out and come up to room temperature.
Cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping them at the halfway point. Make sure that you get them to an internal temperature of at least 145°F.
When you have about 2-3 minutes left you can lather them up with your favorite BBQ sauce!
Learn more about how to thicken BBQ sauce if you have watery sauce.
- Preheat the grill while ribs come up to room temperature.
- Wrap rib in heavy-duty aluminum foil loosely.
- Set on the grill and cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
- Add BBQ sauce and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Cook until the internal temperature is at least 145°F.
How To Reheat Ribs in an Oven
To reheat ribs in the oven, place them in a shallow baking dish and cover them with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Heat your oven to 300°F. Place the covered dish on the center rack of your oven for 20 minutes.
Remove the foil and continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes until the ribs are heated through to an internal temperature of 145°F.
- Preheat the oven to 300˚F.
- Place leftover ribs in a shallow dish and cover with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until heated through.
- Serve and enjoy!
How to reheat ribs in the air fryer
Reheating ribs in the air fryer is a quick and easy way to heat them up without drying them out.
You can either cut the ribs into smaller pieces before reheating or put them in whole. Lay the ribs in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
Make sure to preheat the air fryer to 375°F before adding the ribs.
They should be cooked for about 10 minutes, flipping once during that cooking time. You want to reheat the ribs to an internal temperature of at least 145°F.
- Preheat the air fryer to 375°F.
- Place ribs in a single layer on the air fryer basket.
- Cook for about 7 -10 minutes.
- The internal temperature of 145°F should be reached when they are done cooking.
How to reheat ribs in the microwave
A commonly asked question is, can I reheat ribs in the microwave?
The short answer is yes, you can reheat ribs in the microwave. However, it is not the best way to do so.
The microwave will heat them up quickly, but they will not come out as tender and juicy as they would if you reheat them in an oven or on a grill.
If you must use the microwave, place them on a microwave-safe plate and heat them for 3-5 minutes on medium power.
Then, place them back in the microwave and heat for an additional three minutes or until you get them up to to 145°F.
- Lay them on a microwave-safe plate in a single layer.
- Cook them on medium power for 3-5 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
- Add a few more minutes as needed.
How Long Do Cooked Ribs Last in the Fridge?
Cooked ribs will last in the fridge for 3-4 days and in the freezer for 3 months. However, proper storage techniques can prolong their shelf life and influence their taste.
For example, if you freeze them properly they will retain most of their flavor.
If you’re storing them in the fridge, make sure to cover them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent them from drying out.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how long it takes to reheat ribs. Typically it will take about 15 minutes.
The time will vary depending on the method you use. For example, reheating ribs in the air fryer is going to be much faster than reheating them in the oven.
The oven temperature is typically between 250°F and 350°F. The reheated internal temperature should get up to at least 145°F before serving.