Quick and Easy Left-over Ribs

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Ok, so yesterday was a busy day for us. I’ll cover what all we had going on in a different post, but just for this one I want to cover what I did for dinner – in order to make sure we didn’t order out or go out to eat and spend unnecessary money.

Now, I keep a monthly calendar of meals planned (dinner only), right? So I had planned ribs for yesterday, Saturday. Here’s the thing – I didn’t realize that it was our Saturday to serve in the children’s ministry at church. Ribs are not something that take a few minutes to bake/grill. We had to be at church at 4:40 pm and chances were, since service doesn’t end until around 6:30 pm, we wouldn’t be home until close to 7 pm. We normally eat dinner around 6 pm and have our son heading to bed at 8 pm. So Saturday night would be TIGHT when we got home from church. Yes, eating take-out would have been super easy. But I think that’s money that didn’t need to be spent. So I racked my brain for something, anything, that would be just as easy and much more budget-friendly.

I remembered that we had ribs, already cooked and grilled, from a while ago. No, I don’t remember how long ago. I just remembered that they were already fully cooked and in the freezer. So I did what I always do when I need to know if my cooking/baking idea will work – I call my mom. I told her I wanted to either bake the ribs or throw them in the crock pot while we were at church. That way they would be ready when we got home. I said I was thinking that a bit of water in the bottom of the pan or the crock pot would keep them moist. She said she didn’t see why that wouldn’t work. If I put it in the oven, keep it at 250 or lower and if I put it in the crock pot, keep it on a super low setting as well. She also suggested I throw on more barbecue sauce to help add moisture in, as ribs can dry out quite quickly.

To round out the meal, I threw some rice in our steamer around 3:45 pm and cooked some corn as well. Once those were done, I let them cool down for a few minutes and then placed them into plastic containers and into the fridge, ready for a quick re-heat when we got home from church. Then I prepped the ribs – I had thawed them during the day and around 4:oo pm, I placed some water in the bottom of the crock pot, along with about 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce. I then put a layer of ribs down, slathered them in barbecue sauce and placed the last layer of ribs on top of the first, with more barbecue sauce on top.

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Again, at the advice of my mom, I placed tin foil on top of the crock pot, under the lid and then put the lid on. This would seal all the moisture inside as well. I placed the crock pot on “8 hours” and out the door we went. We got home right around 7 pm and the house smelled amazing! I was a little worried about opening the crock pot, but there was no reason – the ribs were amazing!

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They were succulent and the meat fell right off the bones. Didn’t dry out at all! Considering they were previously frozen, thawed and reheated in a crock pot? I’m really happy! Thanks to my mama for helping me with this – it was soooooo easy and made for not only a delicious reheated meal, but also yummy leftovers today (and I still have quite a bit left over, so this meal has made quite a bit for us, since they were originally made!).

I’m a huge proponent of “waste not, want not”, especially when it comes to food. I like to use up leftovers in a quiche, casseroles or whatever inventive way I can. There’s no reason to let food go to waste! I’ll be sharing more ways that I re-use our left-overs as I make them. 🙂

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