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Guide On How To Reheat Ribs: 7 Different Ways

Updated On July 12, 2021

If you have some leftover ribs, you can make a new meal after reheating them. Many times, reheating the ribs will result in a dried-out or a burnt mess. We will discuss various ways of reheating ribs to make them more tender and just as tasty as freshly-cooked ones to avoid these situations.

Reheating Ribs in Oven

ribs on a plate
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: Bring out the ribs from the refrigerator or freezer. Leave them outside for some time so that they can come down to room temperature. After they have defrosted, drizzle some BBQ sauce over them. Here's the grilling times temperatures chart

Step 3: Now, take the ribs and cover them with double layers of aluminum foil. It will lock in the taste of marinated ribs.

Step 4: Keep these ribs in a baking tray inside the oven. Leave it for about 20 to 30 minutes to let it heat. If you place ribs in a more robust oven, the ribs will be heated quickly.

Step 5: Five minutes before the timer goes off in the oven, make sure to turn on the broiler. This part will provide a different caramelized flavor to the ribs.

Reheating Ribs On a Grill

ribs on a chopping board
Step 1: Bring a charcoal or gas grill and follow the below steps. But you may check here first the best portable charcoal grill.
Step 2: Let the grill heat to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 3: Make sure to drizzle flavorful BBQ sauce all over the ribs. It will prevent the meat from drying out. (1)
Step 4: Now, keep ribs on two layers of aluminum foil.
Step 5: First of all, locate the indirect heat zone of the grill and keep the ribs on it.  
Step 6: It is better to flip the ribs from time to time to have steady heating throughout the process.
Step 7: Let the ribs heat until the internal temperature attains 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This total reheating procedure will take around 8 to 10 minutes.

Reheating Ribs In Toaster Oven

ribs on plate
Step 1: Preheat the toaster oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: Wrap all ribs using foil sheets. After that, keep them inside the toaster oven.

Step 3: Make sure to check the ribs until they are entirely heated.
  • Reheating ribs in the toaster oven is a little tricky. It is because you must be aware of how much time it takes to reheat the ribs. For instance, based on the type of oven and cut of the ribs, this procedure can take around 10 to 20 minutes. 

Reheating Ribs On The Stove

ribs cut into small pieces
Step 1: Take out one medium-depth frying pan. Pans with 3 inches depth are ideal. Pour some water or meat broth on the bottom of this pan.
Step 2: Now, keep the ribs on the pan. Cover these ribs with any sauce you like.

Step 3: Switch on the stove and keep it on medium heat.
Step 4: Rearrange and flip the ribs so all parts of the rib will be covered evenly in the sauce. With that, the whole rib will also get steady heat.
Step 5: The whole procedure will take about 8 to 10 minutes. But, the time may vary slightly based on the type of frying pan and the number of ribs present in the pan.
Step 6: Make sure to check the ribs to prevent them from getting dried out. It is because cooking on a stove often makes ribs overcooked. Pouring BBQ sauce over those finished ribs is optional.

Sous Vide - Reheating Ribs

grill ribs
Step 1: Place the ribs in an airtight plastic bag. You might have already done this while storing the pre-cooked ribs the previous night.

Step 2: Keep a deep container filled with water on the stove and put the stove on high heat.

Step 3: Wait till the water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. As it is the boiling temperature of the water, the water can not get any hotter than that. So, submerge the bag full of ribs in this water.

Step 4: Now, you must wait until you have finished reheating the ribs. It will take about 45 to 60 minutes. If you set the stove on low instead of high, this procedure can take about 3 hours.

Reheating Ribs In Slow Cooker

reheating ribs
Step 1: Set the slow cooker to a warm setting. If it does not contain a "warm" setting, select the lower option.

Step 2: Pour some water. The ideal amount of water to add to every rib is only two tablespoons. If you want, add in a little sauce of your choice.  

Step 3: Using a pair of durable tongs, keep the ribs inside the slow cooker. Put the lid on this cooker, and leave it for some time.

Step 4: For every 30 to 60 minutes, check if you have finished cooking the ribs. If possible, you can keep flipping them occasionally.  

Step 5: Reheating ribs with this technique will give them great tenderness and a rich aroma, but the entire reheating procedure takes around 4 to 6 hours.

Reheating Ribs In Microwave  

ribs reheat
Step 1: Keep the ribs in a microwave-safe container. Make sure to place only a single layer of ribs with enough space in between them. (2)

Step 2: Now, drizzle BBQ sauce on the ribs. If you want, pour some extra water or meat broth at the bottom of the plate.

Step 3: Keep the container with the ribs in the microwave and set it on medium heat. Make sure to reheat them for around 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 4: If you have not finished cooking the ribs yet, heat it again for three extra minutes. After that, you can get fresh leftover ribs that are ready.

Bottom Line

We hope that you can make a perfect dish with freshly reheated ribs using our tutorial. Depending on the availability and your timing preference, you can choose any of the above seven methods.
(1) flavorful BBQ sauce
(2) microwave-safe container -

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About the author 

Albert Thompson

Albert hails from Kentucky where grilling is a lifestyle. He brings with him his years of experience in the cooking sector and the product sector, but dont let that fool you, he practices what he preaches and enjoys a big rack of ribs every weekend.