You had an amazing, gut-busting barbecue cookout—those meaty, delectable ribs were probably fall-off-the-bone tender and you’re lucky enough to have a few left over the next day. Leftover ribs can be so delicious because that seasoning has had all night to meld with the meat. It’s tempting to pop those babies in the microwave to reheat, right? But you gotta know how to reheat ribs to keep them moist and yummy. Microwave cooking tends to overcook the edges of meat so you end up with rubbery ends that are still cold in the middle. We believe that once you know how to reheat ribs in oven, you’ll appreciate even the next-day taste and texture of leftover ribs.
You deserve to take the time and enjoy the tastiest food possible—even leftovers.
Take a moment and review these tips.
How to reheat ribs in oven?
- Preheat your oven to 250F.
- Place ribs on a large piece of foil and fold sides up (do not seal yet).
- Add to the foil 1/8 c. of water, BBQ sauce, or broth.
- Seal the foil completely.
- Place the foil-wrapped ribs in a glass casserole dish (or any pan with 2-inch sides).
- Place the pan into 250F oven.
- Check the ribs in 15 minutes using a meat thermometer.
- If the ribs have not reached 145 degrees, check them again in 5-minute increments until they do. (The meat thermometer we recommend in the link above is also programmable to alert you when the optimal temp is reached so you don’t have to keep opening the oven door. It’s so great.)
- Allow the ribs to rest for 5 minutes and then serve.
It is important that you bring your ribs back up to a safe-to-eat temperature but you don't want to do it too quickly. Reheated beef rib meat should come to 145F internally.
How to reheat ribs and keep them moist?
Previously cooked ribs have a reputation for drying out while being reheated. You can follow a few simple steps to avoid this and keep ribs moist during the reheating process.
When reheating the ribs, make sure to add moisture and wrap or cover them during the reheating process. We definitely recommend that you add water, broth, or BBQ sauce to the ribs prior to reheating.
How do you moisten dry ribs?
If your ribs turned out dry the first time they were cooked, there is a trick that you can try. Spread BBQ sauce all over your ribs and then wrap them in aluminum foil. Leave an opening at the top of the aluminum foil and pour in 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Seal the ribs tightly and then loosely wrap them a second time with foil. Warm them in the oven on low at 200F for 30 minutes.
Ribs can be a bit tricky to work with but they are so tasty that they’re worth the effort. The trick with ribs is to do all that you can to keep them moist, without overdone or rubbery ends.