Prime rib is one of the dishes from heaven, and certainly we cannot lack them on Sunday dinner tables or on holidays. However, the leftover is a very common occurrence. And it would be a waste if we don’t know how to reheat prime rib correctly. Fortunately, this is an area that KITCHENBAR understands, so check with us!
What is a Prime Rib? Why Bother Reheating It?
Prime ribs are also known as ‘grilled ribs‘. It is the central part of the ribs. It is so called because it was cut from the original rib. The name “grilled ribs” is because it is held upright (grilled ribs) and then grilled to prevent the meat from sticking to the pan. The entire rib area consists of 6 – 12 ribs but when you cut the original rib, it will consist of 2 – 7 ribs. This is one of the nine original servings of beef. This rib is a part of the tenderloin muscle, notoriously soft because it has a greater amount of fat.
Cooking delicious ribs isn’t just about keeping it in the oven and letting it cook. It takes some research and practice to make it perfectly soft and juicy. Place in the oven on low heat and after finishing, increase the heat to get the perfect crust with a pink, soft inner meat.
It’s always painful to see a leftover raw rib, and then you wonder if you’ll ever get the same taste after reheating. However, put your worries to rest. In addition to letting you know how to reheat the original rib, we also show you how to reheat the original rib without losing its juicy flavor.
How to Reheat Prime Rib Using a Steamer?
This method works best if you’re reheating an original slice of ribs, instead of reheating the entire grill. The USDA recommends consuming meat that has been reheated to an internal temperature of 160 degrees, so make sure your meat thermometer is on hand.
- Step 1: Start by pouring a few spoons of water into the bottom of the pot before placing the steam basket on top.
- Step 2: While boiling the water, wrap your leftovers in aluminum foil. For juicy meats, include leftover juice for maximum flavor.
- Step 3: Place your bag in the steamer, cover the pot and let it warm for about four minutes
- Step 4: After your original rib has reached an internal temperature of 160-165º F, remove from the steamer and let it stand for about five minutes.
Can I Use a Microwave and How to Reheat Prime Rib with It?
If you are tied at the last minute you can use the microwave. It is not recommended, because if you leave the tender ribs left for just 30 seconds for too long, you may lose all of the flavor and softness that you worked hard to create from the start.
To keep your leftovers from drying out, KITCHENBAR recommends slicing the main ribs and adding moisture to make sure the ribs cook evenly and don’t lose all of that delicious flavor. Follow these five easy steps to heat the young ribs in the microwave.
- Step 1: Cut your small ribs into relatively equal slices and place in a microwave safe dish.
- Step 2: Add the remaining few tablespoons of au jus or braised beef.
- Step 3: Cover the pot and microwave it on high for about a minute.
- Step 4: Continue baking in the microwave in increments of 30 seconds until your original ribs reach an internal temperature of about 160 to 165º F.
- Step 5: Transfer your steak to a new plate to stop the heating and finish with your favorite steak sauce.
How about the Oven?
Last but not least, if you are reheating the entire prime rib, you should use the oven. Again, aluminum foil is the key to warming up your baking without drying out. In case you are wondering how to reheat prime rib with an oven, check these steps below.
- Step 1: Take the rest of your ribs out of the refrigerator.
- Step 2: Preheat your oven to about 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Step 3: After your original rib has just reached room temperature, put it in a roasting pan. Do not wait too long before placing it in the oven. This can increase your chances of getting sick from food.
- Step 4: Pour any leftover au jus over the meat. You can also pour about 1/4 cup of beef stock over the meat.
- Step 5: Cover leftovers with aluminum foil and place in the oven until the internal temperature is between 160 and 165 degrees. But exactly how long does it take to reheat pre-cooked pork ribs? Rada says that cooking times can vary depending on your oven, so she recommends checking the internal temperature every 10 minutes to make sure it doesn’t dry out or overcook.
- Step 6: Take the young ribs out of the oven, decorate with your favorite seasoning and enjoy!
What is the Difference When Using a Microwave and Oven to Reheat Prime Rib?
The big difference between heating in an oven and microwave is the source of the heat itself. Microwaves use radio waves to heat the moisture molecules inside beef. An oven uses indirect heat to gradually heat anything inside. That’s a big difference. Chefs and home cooks discourage using the microwave to heat meat. Not that it doesn’t work. Microwaves can heat meat especially well. However, this exceptional effect comes at a price. Microwaves can turn fresh, persimmon meat into gray, dead meat in minutes.
So apply this to the fact that your meat is already cooked and you should already be able to understand its problem. If you reheat it in the microwave and it burns, you will have dry meat with no water left. But again, if you don’t have the time or energy to cook in the oven, switch to the microwave.
Here’s what KITCHENBAR recommend: get a container large enough to be used in the microwave, enough for the pure ribs that you need to reheat. Put the original ribs in the container and add some gravy. Seal the microwave container and heat up to medium or high heat for just one minute. Allow the can to cool down before opening the lid.
Are the slices warm enough for your taste? If so, take out the box and serve the beef. If the meat is still too cold, microwave it for another minute. Repeat for 60 seconds as this is the only way you can protect meat from overheating damage in the microwave.
Too Lazy? Just Enjoy It Cold!
Suffice it to say, delicious ribs have nothing to moke about. In fact, some of its thin slices will become a complement to a sandwich or salad. Even if the chilled pork ribs aren’t your jam, you can chop up your leftovers and throw them for breakfast, or make them steak or stir-fry – you can get the idea.
Leftover prime ribs can be piled on an open-sided sandwich and placed under a broiler for a few minutes. It can be diced and fried with potatoes for a decent amount of mincing or added to the end of a cooked beef dish. If there are leftover mashed potatoes and vegetables, you can enjoy reheated short ribs for an original meal. But there’s no need to be miserable when you can make Prime Ribs Soup, Baby Yorkies Stuffed Baby Yorkies (a creamy version of classic Yorkshire pudding) and Asian Beef and Rice Noodle Soup.
Safety Tips to Reheat Prime Rib
When it’s time to reheat the leftovers of the ribs, be sure to follow all the necessary safety precautions. After all, eating bad meat is no joke! In the following, I will share my top tips on how to reheat prime rib safely.
- Make sure it is still safe to eat. Leftovers stored in the refrigerator should be eaten within three to four days as bacteria can still grow even at refrigerator temperatures.
- For frozen meats, make sure that the internal temperature that never gets into the “danger zone” is 40º F and 140 F. If so, food-borne pathogens can multiply extremely quickly. So that means you’ll want to thaw it in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in the microwave. As the outer surface can easily warm above 40º F while the center remains frozen, food should never be thawed at room temperature. It could be a recipe for foodborne illness.
- When heating up leftovers like baby ribs, a good rule of thumb is to make sure the internal temperature is at least 165º F before eating. It’s best to use a certified meat thermometer to make sure you’re getting the correct temperature. And make sure the thermometer is plugged into the center of the meat – not on the surface, or just below the surface, or too close to the bottom surface of the meat.
- If you are using the microwave to heat food, be sure to stir or rotate it periodically so that heat is evenly distributed. You can also use the microwave to thaw frozen leftovers if they want to eat them right away.
Hopefully, with the tips I wrote in the article will help you figure out how to reheat prime rib without losing the taste and juiciness. Depending on your needs as well as your love, choose the method that is most suitable for you!