5 Great Ways On How To Reheat Ribs Back To Its Glorious Juiciness

There is nothing like fine, juicy racks of ribs to make you drool. 

Whether freshly grilled from your backyard BBQ or a fine restaurant, ribs are nice, tummy-growling chunks to sink your teeth on!

Ribs are just so delicious, and there is no denying that! They’re so delicious that we tend to get and cook more than we can consume.


Yep, me too!

Now, what should we do if those yummy, juicy ribs are no longer hot off the grill?

Well, do not feel so bad. You can always pre-heat these bad boys so you can gnaw on them again, no problem!

With that said, I give you five great ways to reheat ribs and get them ready for a meat after-party!

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Method 1: Oven Heating

If you happen to have this trusty kitchen appliance, then you will be glad to know that it can effectively reheat your leftover ribs in just 30 minutes and without any flavor loss.

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What you will need

  • Oven
  • A baking pan
  • Foil
  • Barbecue Sauce

Reheating Ribs In The Oven

  • Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 250°.
  • Step 2: Pour barbecue sauce over the meat and evenly cover them up.
  • Step 3: Wrap the ribs neatly in foil in order to make sure that each piece will be evenly heated. 
  • Step 4: Once the oven reaches the necessary temperature, put the ribs in a baking pan and put it inside the oven. Use oven mitts in order to avoid burning your hands while placing the ribs in the oven. 
  • Step 5: Heat the ribs for 20 – 30 minutes. This should depend on how many pieces of ribs you want to re-heat. 
  • Step 6: Take the ribs out and allow to cool for 5 minutes. 

Method 2: Grill Reheating

This is probably my favorite way to reheat leftover ribs. It makes the meat gets those great grill marks and also brings back its glorious juiciness and flavor!

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What you will need

  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Tongs
  • Grill

Pro Tip: You can use either gas, electric, or charcoal grills. Although if you wish to add a smoky flavor to your dish, it’s best you choose charcoals.

Reheating Ribs On a Grill

  • Step 1: Prepare the grill to medium heat.
  • Step 2: You will need some barbecue sauce and cover up the ribs. This should prevent the meat from drying out and adds flavor to the meat.
  • Step 3: Place the ribs on the grill.
  • Step 4: Heat for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Step 5: Using tongs, turn the ribs over to the other side.
  • Step 6: Repeat the process for a few times or until the ribs is completely reheated.

Method 3: Microwave Heating

This is probably the quickest and easiest way for you to reheat ribs. So, if you are in a hurry or do not have the time to take out your oven or grill, you can prepare your ribs using the microwave.

What you will need

  • Microwave
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Microwaveable container (plastic or glass container)

Reheating Ribs In A Microwave

  • Step 1: Place the ribs in the microwave-safe container.
  • Step 2: Spread some sauce over the ribs in order to prevent the meat from drying out.
  • Step 3: Put the container in the microwave.
  • Step 4: Set the microwave to medium heat.
  • Step 5: Heat the meat for 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Step 6: Take them out and see if they are evenly heated.
  • Step 7: If not, put them back and heat them for another 3 minutes.

Method 4: Steaming

A less common method of rib reheating, steaming, is not as fast as microwave heating. However, it ensures that your meat will not dry out.

What you will need

Reheating Ribs On a Steamer

  • Step 1: Fill the pot, steamer or crock pot with a fourth cup of water and heat it until boiling. If you want to add some sweet flavor, you can also add apple juice.
  • Step 2: Place the ribs into the steamer basket.
  • Step 3: Once the water is boiling, hang the steamer basket over the water and place a lid on top.
  • Step 4: Allow the meat to steam for at least 30 minutes.
  • Step 5: When the ribs are hot, turn off the heat and place the meat on a plate.
  • Step 6: The steamer should be filled with what is left of the water and apple juice as well as some juicy drippings from the meat. Stir the leftover juice thoroughly. Then pour some on top of your reheated ribs for added flavor.

Pro Tip: Try to avoid checking the meat when steaming. This will allow the steam to escape and lower the temperature inside, taking longer to finish.

Method 5: The Sous Vide Method

You might not have heard about this reheating method. However, it is an efficient and popular reheating method, particularly in some countries.

The Sous Vide reheating method works by placing the leftover meats in an air-sealed plastic bag and placing it in a temperature-controlled steam environment or boiling water.

With this method, you will need to aim for a much lower temperature than other methods, about 150° Fahrenheit.

Make sure that the ribs are thawed, then place them on an air-tight bag.

For ribs, it depends on how long you have to heat them. However, in general, it should take 45 minutes to an hour. If you leave the house or do other stuff, you can further lower the temperature and allow the ribs to cook for a longer time, around 3 hours.

Additional Juicy Tips

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1. Keeping the Ribs Juicy

The main problem with reheating food is that it can lose its juiciness and be dry and tasteless. Since the meat has already been cooked before, then reheating will only take away any left moisture.

To keep the meat nice and juicy when reheating them, you need to cover it with barbecue sauce or any other sauce you like to keep the meat moist and juicy.

2. Getting The Right Food Temperature

When reheating food, sometimes it does not get heated up to the center. And you might find yourself biting through a hot surface only to be disappointed with a cold center.

To make sure that your food is thoroughly heated, you should consider using a cooking thermometer that should help you determine the inner temperature of the meat you are reheating.

Juicy Thoughts

Regardless of which method you choose, it should ensure that you can feast on glorious ribs for the second time around!

However, if you ask me, I’d go with grilling the leftover ribs again to have that smoky flavor and the wonderful grill lines, giving the illusion that the meats are newly cooked!

I hope you find this article helpful. If you ever have another rib reheating technique hidden, feel free to share it with the entire community and fire up the comment section below!

Until then, happy feasting!

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