Baby back ribs are succulent and tasty, but they take a long time to prepare properly. Fortunately, you can barbecue a large batch and freeze the extras for future enjoyment. Reheated ribs won’t be as good as they were fresh off the grill, but they come close.
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Freezing baby back ribs
Wrap the ribs in plastic wrap or cover with foil and cool them in the refrigerator before preparing for freezing.
Cut ribs into individual serving or family meal size portions. You want to be able to thaw and use only the required amount for a meal, but don’t cut between every rib.
Place each portion of ribs in a plastic bag designed for freezer use, along with desired sauces. Eliminate as much air as possible and seal the bag.
Label the bags indicating cooked baby back ribs, the kind of sauce, if any, and the date using a permanent marker.
Place the ribs in the freezer and store at 0 degrees or below. You can check the temperature of your freezer with an inexpensive freezer thermometer.
Use frozen baby back ribs within 3 to 4 months for best flavor.
Thaw ribs in the refrigerator, then wrap them in aluminum foil and reheat them slowly in a 250 degree Fahrenheit oven until heated through. This could take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of your portions. For faster reheating, microwave them on a microwave safe dish covered loosely with plastic wrap.
References and ResourcesNational Center for Home Food Preservation: Frequently Asked Freezing Questions
University of Missouri Extension; Freezing Meat, Poultry, Fish, Eggs and Dairy Products; Barbara J. Willenberg, et al.; July 1997
Clemson Cooperative Extension; Freezing Meats and Seafood; June 1999