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Old 08-11-2011, 05:04 PM   #1
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Keeping ribs fresh ?

Hello, this is my first post. I would like to ask a question please about keeping ribs fresh. When BBQ restaurants cook ribs only 2 or 3 days a week, how do they keep ribs that are not sold the day of cooking, fresh, moist and tender for the next day ?
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:28 PM   #2
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Re: Keeping ribs fresh ?

Wrap and refrigerate. Plastic cling wrap is better than aluminum or loose in a plastic bag. Cling wrapped and in a plastic bag is good, vacuum packed is better.

After they're cooked, you can portion before reheating.

Reheat covered in a slow oven; in sauce over low heat on a pan on the stove top; in a sauce in a slow cooker (but don't hold too long; or even in a microwave -- as long as the power is set to no higher than medium, the ribs are tightly covered in cling wrap, and a rest is allowed.

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Old 08-11-2011, 10:32 PM   #3
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Re: Keeping ribs fresh ?

Foodsaver or the commercial equivalent thereof. Reheat by putting the sealed bag in simmering water for 20 minutes or so.
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:48 AM   #4
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Re: Keeping ribs fresh ?

I don't believe restaurants use foodsaver as it would be too costly. I'd guess they would do like bdl said, plastic wrap and reheat slowly.
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:21 AM   #5
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Re: Keeping ribs fresh ?

I appreciate everybody's help, what is a good temperature to re-heat the ribs if you wrap them in cling wrap?
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:42 AM   #6
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Re: Keeping ribs fresh ?

You can also reheat on a grill and i'd imagine a charbroiler too.
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:26 PM   #7
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Re: Keeping ribs fresh ?

I've done mine in the past where the first cook I took them up to the point just before saucing. Then wrap in cling wrap. Next day, on the grill with sauce to warm up and glaze.
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Re: Keeping ribs fresh ?

Nick is spot on! Sometimes "raunts" cook ribs just before they render they're juicy goodness and pull them from the smoker, then reheat to serve. Slowly........ with a very watchful eye.
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