How to Reheat BBQ Ribs

Leftover BBQ ribs can be easily heated and enjoyed days or even weeks later. Whether you choose to freeze the leftover ribs and thaw small portions at a time or simply refrigerate the ribs to heat up a day or two later, reheating ribs the properly helps the leftovers taste just as good as the first time.

Things You'll Need

  • Leftover ribs (thawed out)

  • Barbecue sauce

  • Tin foil

  • Baking sheet


Step 1

Heat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, then brush barbecue sauce on both sides of the ribs.

Step 2

Wrap the meat in two layers of tin foil, but be careful not to puncture the foil. Place the wrapped ribs in a baking pan or cookie sheet.

Step 3

Bake on the middle rack until the center of the meat is 155 degrees. This could take about an hour.

Step 4

Unwrap the ribs and put underneath the broiler on one side for 5 to 10 minutes. Leave the oven door open and the light on.

Step 5

Flip the ribs over and broil for a few more minutes until the sauce begins to bubble, then remove them from the oven.


Step 1

Brush both sides of the meat with barbecue sauce and place ribs on a microwaveable plate.

Step 2

Heat ribs in the microwave for about one minute, then turn them over and heat for another minute.

Step 3

Touch the ribs to see if the temperature is to your liking. If not, heat for 15 to 30 seconds at a time before testing again.


Step 1

Paint the ribs with barbecue sauce on both sides and heat the grill to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Wrap the ribs in foil and grill over indirect heat until the center of the meat is 155 degrees.

Step 3

Unwrap the meat and grill directly over heat for 5 to 10 minutes on each side until the sauce is bubbly.


Watch ribs carefully and remove them from the oven or grill soon after the sauce has started to bubble, because they can burn very quickly and easily.

Reheating ribs in the microwave will most likely result in splattering of the sauce, so be prepared to clean your microwave after heating.