It is a tough call trying to wrap our heads around food that tastes great only when it is fresh out of the oven. How on earth do we go about reheating ribs! If you have been in this place before, take heart. We are going to give you a complete lowdown on how to reheat ribs in oven, even if it is the second or the third day that you are going to consume them. Stay assured; we are going over this with all the stuff that is already there with you. A small microwave oven will also do the trick.
If you are thinking that reheating pork ribs is going to take a lot of effort on your part, then you are going to be pleasantly surprised. This blog post will tell you how easy it all is! Continue reading to know how you can use some of the most popular kitchen equipment to give a new lease of life to your leftover food. Because when you lay the table, no one is ever going to suspect that you reheat the leftover ribs! That a promise!!
How To Reheat Ribs In The Microwave?
We all know that a microwave is a device that we all use when in a pinch. You have a meeting at school, or you have a board meeting in the morning, and you are struggling with time, Tadaa! And the microwave comes to your rescue.
Here is how you must reheat leftover ribs in a microwave oven
It is a great idea to let the meat sit out of the refrigerator before you reheat them. This way, the internal temperatures of all the pieces became the same. This step is beneficial because it will warm up your leftover ribs evenly. Additionally, it will also prevent a few pieces from coming out cold. If you think that it is dicey for you to know, you could try using a digital thermometer to check the internal temperature before tossing them into the oven.
Gather all the things that you will need. Use a microwave-safe container that can carry all the pieces that you want to reheat. It could be plastic, but I always prefer glass. Glass is easier to clean.
Spread some sauce (I am thinking of Barbecue sauce) so that they don’t dry out. If barbecue sauce is not something you like or in the unlikely event that you have run out of it in your pantry, you could spread butter generously.
Set the microwave on medium heat. Place the ribs in the oven and set it for about 3-5 minutes. Check to see if they are heated. If you think there is a need to further heat them, toss them once again in the oven.
Important: Never set a small microwave oven for more than 3 minutes for fear of drying up the ribs.
Tip: Make sure the microwave is clean and odorless because a more spotless oven radiates heat well. This way, the reheated food will also not catch the odor of previously warmed food.
To Reheat Ribs On The Grill
If you have reheated meat before, you will agree that the grill is the best thing to happen to them. They come out looking fresh as if they have been freshly cooked.
The other day, I had leftovers of the instant pot frozen ribs that were delicious yum. The next day they looked sad because they had a tough and stretchy exterior and were very dry inside. Looking back, I wish I had known that using the propane grill was the best way to reheat ribs.
Always remember to remove the refrigerated meat so that the pork rib internal temperature of all the pieces is the same. It is a great idea to have your digital thermometer handy. Temperature plays an infinitely important part of cooking.
Now for how to go about it
Preheat the grill at high for about eight to ten minutes. Meanwhile, let the meat sit outside the fridge to return to room temperature. Spread the sauce of your choice or plain butter and loosely wrap the pieces in an aluminum foil. Just before tossing the ribs to be reheated, lower the grill temperature to medium. Place the aluminum packed ribs on the grill rack. About five minutes later, don’t forget to turn them over.
After the initial debacle, I have found reheating on the grill to be best because they come out fresh with a refreshing grill flavor. This is especially true if they are also smoked. One of the benefits of using the grill is that it has a larger surface to reheat, and you can get all the ribs reheated in one batch.
It saves so much trouble and time!
Tip: Make sure you check the baby back rib internal temperature at the time of serving also. An internal temperature of about 165 degrees is the most ideal.
To Reheat Ribs In The Oven
So here we are!
You have that stash inside, and you are seriously wondering how to reheat bbq ribs so that they come out on the table finger-licking good. The caveat here is that no one must ever suspect that you only reheat them!
Been there done that ha
Then the oven, my dear friend, is your answer!
If you often think about how to reheat ribs and keep them moist also, this tutorial must be god sent.
Remove the ribs from the refrigerator and sit it down for it to return to room temperature. In the meantime, make ready to preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Slather the ribs with rather generous coatings of sauce and/or butter. Wrap the pieces in two layers of foil to not let all the juices escape. Place the foil-wrapped meat in a baking pan with the bone-facing upside. Let them roast in the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes.
Favorite hack: If you are particularly looking to reheating baby back ribs and ensuring they stay juicy like they were, the very first time lower the oven temperature to 225 degrees F. Coat the pieces in right (generous) amount of sauces or butter. Wrap them in two layers of foil and let cook for 45 minutes straight!
It is strongly recommended that while reheating bbq ribs, you cover them with two layers of foil.
This is because:
- The extra layer of foil does not allow the juices to escape; and
- A lot of sauces, including the bbq sauce, have a high amount of sucrose in it that will burn out with the heat.
We also have a trick to add a fantastic caramelized favour to the ribs:
Here is the secret. After reheating, when there is only about five minutes left to go, reduce the heat to 225 degrees F and turn the oven to broiler. The longer it stays inside at lower temperatures, the juicier they will become.
A helpful tip is to mix water with the broth or sauce to make sure that the meat does not dry out.
You Want To Reheat Ribs In The Toaster Oven?
Oven! Bet you never thought it would be possible to reheat smoked ribs of yesterday in your toaster oven!
To be honest, we were like that until we realized that the toaster oven is capable of much more than we expect it to be! It really can be called a mini oven!!
Once more and at great risk of redundancy, remove the refrigerated ribs and let them sit in a saucepan so that they come back to room temperature.
Next, preheat the toaster oven to 250 degrees F. Cover the ribs with a nice layer of sauce. Wrap them in foil. Put the foil-wrapped meat in the toaster oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. Once the time lapses, you may need to manually check with a digital thermometer if the meat is thoroughly reheated through.
Reheating Ribs With Steam
If you have ever questioned how to keep ribs warm, here is what the answer:
You may use a steamer or a slow cooker. If you don’t have them, don’t worry, any pot will do!
Fill the pot with one-quarters of water or apple juice. Allow it to come to a boil. Once the liquid in the pot begins to boil, arrange the pieces on the steaming rack or use your imagination to hang them on with a colander or a chopstick. Cover them with a tight lid or tin foil.
Allow it to reheat for 20 to 30 minutes. We recommend that you do not check at all because opening the foil will escape steam rendering the entire exercise wasteful. Open it only at the time of serving.
Reheating Leftover Ribs Using The Sous Vide Method
The Sous Vide method is not the most common one. In it you will need to first thaw the meat on the kitchen counter till it reaches room temperature. Now throw in the leftovers and pour a generous amount of bbq sauce in a plastic bag. Keep the plastic bag in the sous vide container in boiling water or a temperature-monitored environment.
Delicious meat is ready to eat as soon as it is done. The best temperature is 150 degrees F. It will take about 45 minutes to one hour to reheat cooked ribs; a medium batch, however, if you are keen on them coming out oh so juicy! Simply leave the sous vide at lower temperature and slow cook for up to 3 hours.
Best Way To Reheat Different Styles/Cuts Of Ribs
The one thing that we must come to terms with is that every style or cut of meat can have a different reheating time. This is mainly because they have different textures as well as varying amounts of moisture in them.
Best Way To Reheat Baby Back Ribs
There is a standard difference between reheating beef ribs and reheating short ribs.
The reason is this:
- There is relatively lesser meat on the pork ribs than on the beef ribs
- There is also lesser fat on the pork ribs, which allows for the sapping up of moisture from the meat and consequently drying them up.
In case you are still thinking how to reheat a rack of ribs, let us cut you short and tell you once and for all that the sous vide method is the best for pork ribs because it does not allow it dry. A microwave is a good option too; in that, it is quicker. So if you are hard-pressed for time, you could place the ribs in a microwave-safe plate, put the broth or the apple juice or water directly on to the plate and cover it with a microwave-safe lid. Thirty seconds and Voila!
Best Way To Reheat Beef Ribs
Let us say we need to reheat beef ribs, then a grill, and an oven is the best way to reheat them. Beef has a lot of moisture in it, and this can be a dicey thing for the microwave or the steamer to manage.
The meat will need to be placed in a way that there is enough space for the moisture to circulate. Also, an additional quarter cup of water, beef broth or apple juice may be poured into a small opening to make sure that they look and taste heavenly when they turn up on the plate on your table!
Way To Reheat Spare Ribs
Ribs aha! Spare ribs are best done in the grill. How to reheat ribs on the grill is already shown here above. There is a better way to reheat pork ribs without drying them out.
There is a science behind how to heat ribs. Ribs have more meat on them, and they are slightly tenderer. Use the grill when reheating cooked ribs. It will not dry them out completely. Cover them in foil before grilling them. You could add cider and/or water before placing them in the grill so that there is enough moisture to circulate, and they come out looking juicy.
How Long To Thaw Ribs
The time to thaw ribs will depend on where you have stored the leftovers. If you have deep-frozen them, it may take about 30 minutes for it to come to room temperature. Alternatively, if they were kept in the refrigerator, then a ten-minute thaw will be good enough.
How Many Times Can Ribs Be Reheated?
It is a better idea to reheat only so much quantity that you can consume at one time. The more the number of times you reheat bbq ribs or reheating frozen ribs, you risk the spread of bacteria. Thaw and reheat only what you will consume at one go before reheating spare ribs. Re-stashing and re-reheating is a risk nevertheless.
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