How to Reheat Beef Ribs

by Sara Ipatenco

Proper reheating will prevent beef ribs from getting dried out.

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Reheating meat is as easy as popping it in the microwave for a minute or two until it's steaming and hot throughout. While this can be a safe way to reheat beef ribs, it isn't the most effective method for retaining the flavor and moistness of the meat. Instead, rely on your oven or outdoor grill to reheat your beef ribs, and you'll enjoy another meal that stars a juicy and flavorful piece of meat.

In The Oven

Preheat the oven to 225 or 250 degrees Fahrenheit. The low temperature is necessary to prevent the beef ribs from cooking any further, but it's still warm enough to reheat the ribs.

Place the leftover beef ribs on a piece of aluminum foil. Wrap the foil loosely around the meat and add a 1/4-cup or so of water. The water will prevent the beef ribs from drying out as they reheat. If you'd rather, use beef broth in place of the water.

Set the aluminum foil wrapped beef ribs on a baking sheet and place the baking sheet in the preheated oven.

Heat the ribs until they reach an internal temperature of 165 F. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature to be sure the beef ribs are thoroughly heated so they are safe to eat.

Remove the ribs from the oven and serve them immediately.

On The Gril

Preheat an outdoor grill to 225 to 250 F.

Place the leftover beef ribs on a piece of aluminum foil and wrap them tightly. Use a second piece to help trap the moisture inside so the ribs don't dry out while they're reheating.

Set the foil-wrapped ribs in the grill, situating them so they aren't sitting directly over the fire.

Heat the ribs until they reach an internal temperature of 165 F. Use a meat thermometer to be sure the ribs have reached this temperature. Otherwise, the leftover ribs aren't safe to eat.

Remove the ribs from the outdoor grill and serve them immediately.

Tip

  • Change the taste of the reheated ribs by replacing the water or broth with other liquids, such as apple juice or red wine.

    Wrap the beef ribs in a second piece of aluminum foil to further reduce the risk of the liquid leaking out.

    Brush the beef ribs with barbecue sauce before reheating. The sauce will add flavor, but it will also help prevent the meat from drying out.

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About the Author

Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.