Ribs are a real treat for gourmets. Prepared on the grill, they turn into a soft piece of meat that melts in your mouth with, of course, an infinite smell and taste of barbecue. If you know that lovely feeling, you know that we almost always barbecue more meat than we can eat.
And then the cold ribs remain for later. But how do you turn them back into a delicious hot meal that tastes the same as if it had just been grilled?
How To Store Pork and Beef Ribs
Before you start learning how to reheat them, let’s first see how to properly store ribs to be safe for consumption and make the reheating job easier for you.
First, you have to keep them in the fridge. It’s good to store them in the refrigerator as soon as possible, preferably within an hour after you’re done with your meal.
This process will prevent the formation of unwanted bacteria on the meat and stop the drying of the ribs that surely comes when they stand on the kitchen counter for a long time. In that case, the result of reheating later will be much tastier.
The last tip for storage is to cut the ribs to the serving size and store them in the refrigerator. This will allow them to cool faster, and they will be easier to heat up later.
How To Reheat Ribs In The Oven
The oven is actually the best method of reheating if you want soft and juicy beef or pork ribs as they were after the first baking. You want to give them a chance to warm up nicely, retain humidity, and you want to do it slowly. The key to heating is a medium temperature.
Step 1: Preheat the Oven to 250 °F
First, take the ribs out of the fridge to stand for a while to get to room temperature. Then preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. As we mentioned, it is essential not to preheat the oven too much as the meat will dry out, and you will not get a nice result.
Step 2: Prepare the Meat for Baking
To get better juiciness and that distinctive caramelized rib taste, coat the meat with BBQ sauce. If you have leftovers from baking, the original sauce will be good or add a new one. Then wrap the ribs well in foil. This will prevent the sauce from spilling out, but it will also prevent it from burning during the heating process.
Step 3: Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes
Bake the ribs at the suggested temperature for about 20 to 30 minutes. As the temperature is lower, it will take a little longer for the meat to heat up fully. Approximately 5 minutes before the heating ends, you can increase the temperature to caramelize the sauce better.
Reheating Ribs In The Microwave
We suggest that you use this method only if you are really in a hurry and do not have time to use the oven. No matter how much sauce you add, the microwave tends to dry out the meat, and you will hardly get a great result as it does with the oven. But a man’s gotta do what man must do. If the microwave is your only solution, here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Prepare the Meat for Reheating
Place the ribs on a plate that is safe for the microwave. Then add the sauce and be careful to cover as many pieces of meat as possible. So it is best to spread ribs on a plate so that each piece has enough space.
Step 2: Turn the Microwave on Medium Heat
Do not overdo it with the temperature. It is best to choose a medium program. Heat for about 3 minutes and then check if the meat is warm enough. If not, repeat for an additional 2 to 3 minutes and check the result. It should now be ready to eat.
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The next time you prepare a barbecue, feel free to intentionally roast more ribs than you need and store them in the fridge for the following day. With the reheating method in the oven, you will get juicy and delicious meals as if you just took them off the grill.
It takes a bit more time because the warm-up is done at a medium temperature, but the result will delight you.
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