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5 Creative Ways To Make Use Of Your Leftover Pork Ribs

Leftover pork ribs are a real treat.

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The meat is moist and tender, while the bones give you an extra dose of flavor in your soup or stew.

There are so many ways to use leftover pork ribs that I’m going to present them all here for your convenience!

How to store leftover pork ribs

Leftover pork ribs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

If you plan on freezing your leftovers, wrap them in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze them immediately.

You can also store them in a sealable plastic container in your fridge if you prefer (as long as it’s airtight).

The best way to reheat pork ribs is in the oven or on the grill.

You can also use your slow cooker if you want to make them extra tender, but this method will take longer than baking or grilling them.

If you want to reheat pork ribs on the stove, place them in a saucepan over medium-low heat.

Cover with a lid and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

If you’d rather bake or grill your pork ribs instead of reheating them in the oven or on the grill, simply wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap before putting them into the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit/175 degrees Celsius.

Cook for 20 minutes per pound of meat.

5 ideas for leftover pork rib

Pork rib stew

There are a few ways to use leftover pork ribs in a stew.

One of the best is to simply add the meat to an already-made stew, simmering it for a few hours on low heat.

This will infuse both the broth and the vegetables with its smoky flavor, so you’ll get plenty of that delicious taste even if you weren’t able to make enough meat at once.

It’s also a good way to stretch your ingredients since leftovers don’t go bad as quickly as raw foods do—the longer they sit around in your fridge or freezer, the better they get! If you find yourself without any other ingredients on hand but want a hearty meal anyway, this option will work wonders for filling up your stomach without emptying out your wallet.

Another way to use your leftover pork ribs is to make a stew from scratch.

This can be tricky if you’re not used to cooking, but it’s a fun project for someone who likes experimenting in the kitchen.

Pork rib soup

For this soup, you’ll need:

  • 2 lbs pork ribs (thawed)
  • 1/4 cup flour or cornstarch
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 potato (diced)
  • Water (enough to cover everything by one inch)

To prepare the recipe:

  1. Cut the pork ribs into small pieces.
  2. Place them in a large pot with enough water to cover the meat, then bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. As soon as it starts bubbling, reduce the heat and skim off any foam that forms at the top of the pot.
  4. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour; then remove from heat and allow cooling for another 15 minutes before draining out most of its contents into another container using tongs or a slotted spoon to avoid losing any good pieces along with them.
  5. Save these extra bits for use in other recipes later on!
  6. Now return those drained bits back into their original pot so they can be added once again later on when cooking comes back around again here towards end portion where all things come together nicely 🙂 
  7. While waiting patiently (or not), chop up some potatoes into small cubes – about half an inch wide would work best here – but feel free experiment more if desired – maybe even try different shapes like circles too! They’ll cook faster than whole potatoes would though so keep that mind when choosing how big should be cut down next time you’re making this dish again 🙂

Rib and bean burrito

If you have leftover pork ribs, use them in a savory rib and bean burrito.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.

Add 1 chopped onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Stir in 2 cloves minced garlic; cook for 1 minute more.

Add 3 cups cooked white rice, drained; stir well to combine and coat with the oil mixture from the pan.

Stir in 3 cups cooked black beans (or 2 cans rinsed and drained), 2 teaspoons chili powder and ½ teaspoon salt; mix well to combine all ingredients thoroughly with each other (add additional water if necessary).

Heat through gently stirring occasionally until warm throughout but not piping hot; transfer to serving plate or bowl as needed so that it is ready when you’re ready to eat!

For those who like their burritos spicy: squeeze fresh lime juice over top before wrapping up your tortilla!

Rib and rice bowl

You might have a few leftover barbecue ribs in the fridge and you’re not sure what to do with them.

Well, let me show you a tasty way to use up those slabs of meat: the rib and rice bowl!


  • cooked rice (white or brown)
  • pork ribs (leftover or freshly cooked)
  • barbecue sauce (your favorite kind!)

For this recipe, it doesn’t matter which kind of rice you choose—whether it’s white or brown won’t change how delicious this dish is.

This recipe calls for cooked pork ribs; if you don’t happen to have any left over from another meal at home, then just cook some fresh ones up according to your preferred method of preparation and then add them into this dish when they’re done cooking.

Finally, we recommend using your favorite barbecue sauce for this recipe—the best part about making your own sauce is that there are no rules!

Rib sandwich

If you have leftover pork ribs, they’re the perfect ingredient for a sandwich.

Here’s how to make one:

  • Cut your leftover pork ribs into bite-size pieces and season with salt and pepper.
  • Wrap up the ribs in a lightly oiled piece of aluminum foil and place them in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until heated through (check about 10 minutes after cooking).
  • On an English muffin or slider roll, layer slices of cheddar cheese, then add sliced avocado and top with the warmed, wrapped-up pork ribs.
  • Serve with potato chips on the side!


If you have leftover pork ribs, keep them in the freezer until you’re ready to use them.

You can use the ribs for soups or stews, or make some of our other tasty recipes.

You can also experiment with your own favorite dishes!

Emily W.

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