How To Reheat Ribs

How To Reheat Ribs? 4 Ways To Do It!

Ribs make perfect and fragrant additions to foods like macaroni, potatoes, or even fries. If you want happiness, grab yourself a plate of hot ribs. Your enjoyment of bones meat doesn’t have to stop right when they get cold. I know how the taste of chilly ribs could be such monotonous!

I prefer to warm them a bit to take their chill off and uncoagulated the fat.  Here I will show you some of the best ways to reheat your ribs, including reheating ribs on the grill, in the oven, on the stove, and in the microwave.

My goal is to save you from ruining your meal by reheating your ribs the wrong way. Nothing feels worse as enjoying your tender, juicy ribs the previous night only to tire your jaws through dry, flavorless bones the next day, all because you can’t master a way of reheating your ribs.

Ribs Reheating on a Grill

  • Preheat your grill to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Frozen ribs should be kept outside the refrigerator, not less than 20 minutes.
  • Heat your grill for about 30 minutes over medium heat.
  • Place the ribs on the grill. You may opt to wrap the ribs using an aluminum foil. By this, you will cover your bones tightly in the foil, and add another layer of foil on top of the first one to retain moisture. 
  • Flip the ribs making sure all parts get heated for about 5 minutes.
  • Take away the ribs from the grill and serve when they have cooled.

Grilling is quite easy as long as you have followed all the steps to the letter. It does intensify not only the flavour but also increases its tenderness. Another good thing is that it offers a larger reheating surface such that when you have a large batch of ribs, you can reheat them all at once. It also allows even heating since you have a room of flipping your bones over the grill surface. 

Just be sure to grill your ribs over a clean surface to avoid bacteria contamination from the remains of the last food.

Ribs Reheating in an Oven

  • Preheat your oven to 250 degrees-300 degrees Fahrenheit. Adding a higher temperature than this, you could risk dehydrating your ribs. 
  • Place the ribs in a shallow baking pan and put it in the oven. (Some prefer wrapping the bones in an aluminum foil to prevent them from drying out). Adding barbeque sauce afterward will be up to you.
  • Heat them for about an hour.
  • Remove the ribs from the oven, allow them to cool and serve.

With this method, you can have your ribs very flavorful. Besides, the bones retain most of their moistness. The higher temperatures eliminate all possible bacteria in the ribs. It is a trouble-free method only that it could take quite some time; almost an hour.

How to Reheat Ribs on a Stove

  • Warm a big skillet over medium heat and add a little water.
  • Place the ribs in the skillet.
  • Heat them for almost 10 minutes while flipping them around.
  • Remove them after they have browned; let them cool and serve.

Be careful so that the ribs do not dry out due to overcooking. This method will save you a lot, especially if you do not have a grill, microwave, or oven.

Reheating Ribs in Microwave

  • Put the ribs in a microwave-proof dish.
  • Heat your ribs over medium heat for about 5 minutes. You may add sauce to enhance the flavor of your bones.
  • Remove them and serve after they have cooled.

This method is a quick one; it saves on your time and effort. Probably the best when you had one of your laziest days and were in dire hunger of some hot ribs. It leaves your bones juicy and tender just as they were before due to the moisture in the microwave. A downside may be that your bone ribs will not be evenly heated. 

Pro Tips on How to Reheat Ribs on a Grill

  • Always make sure your grill grate is as clean as possible to prevent sticking of your ribs.
  • Heat your grill before heating your ribs. It not only destroys any form of microorganisms present but also ensures your bone ribs wouldn’t stick on the grill.
  • Oil your grill grates if need be but not the ribs. It also reduces sticking, minimizing any chance of remnants of food on the grill.
  • If you want your ribs spicy, then add your spices on the bone ribs before placing them on the grill and not afterward.
  • Watch out not to add excess salt. It is right salt adds more flavor to your ribs and aids in forming a crust – but you need a little of it. Salt also keeps your bone ribs moist and juicy as you may want. Do not ‘endanger’ your ribs by adding excess salt. Adding it is pretty straightforward, but removing it is quite a different story altogether. – Be cautious.

What We Conclude

After all, there are so many ways to keep your leftover ribs flavorful by reheating them.

When reheating your ribs using an oven, watch your temperature – to be not so high and then again not so low to avoid shrinkage of your bone ribs. You need them as moist as ever – juicy. Other than it being time-consuming, it is worth your time to use.  

When it comes to microwaving ribs, it is so easy and quick. It saves you much more time, not as in the case of using an oven or grill. The use of a stove also falls in the same category since it is just using a frying pan.

But by the look of things, grilling has a more appealing vision. The ribs on the grills look nothing but great and delicious.

All the same, choose the method that suits you best. Cold ribs should never again spoil your appetite for eating them.

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