It is best to always cook more food than necessary. How good is it when you stumble in the door on a Monday night, exhausted and remember you have pulled pork tucked away in the freezer? Pulled pork nachos anyone?
Not only that, but when your having a party the last thing you want is your guests fighting over food. So, I always you plan on at least 1.5 – 2 pounds per person for a meal.
If you have a cooking plan in place like this, you will always have lots of left overs, and lets face it leftovers always make the tastiest meals. Here is how to reheat and freeze your leftover meat, keeping safety in mind.
Freezing Leftovers 101
The most efficient way to store food for more than a week is in the freezer. Food only loses a very tiny of amount nutrients and quality when it is frozen.
You will find that oxygen is the main problem when freezing and reheating, so use a vacuum sealer like the or ziplock bags. Make sure you always include the date on the bag and you add a little bit of sauce when freezing as it ensures your meat doesn’t dry out when reheating.
How to Freeze Pulled Pork
There is nothing like making a big batch of pulled pork, however, you might wonder whether you can freeze it?
Well, your in luck as long as your cool and if you freeze it correctly, it can last up to 4-6 months. Follow my 5 steps below to find how to freeze your delicious pulled pork!
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How to Freeze Cooked Ribs
Correctly preparing ribs to that tender and luscious richness can be time consuming.
If you like to prepare a big batch at once, you might wonder if you can freeze cooked ribs. Well the answer is yes. You will see below my method to ensure they stay at their very best.
How to Freeze Cooked Chicken
Most of us, like to be over prepared when we cook for a crowd. You might wonder, what happens if I cook to much chicken, is it safe to freeze it?
I’m here to let you know you can!
Whether it is rotisserie chicken, fried chicken or just plain chicken breast, you don't have to let those extra grilled chicken pieces go to waste!
Follow my proven steps to ensure you always have a tasty meal for those busy nights.
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Defrosting & Heating Meat Safety (This Is An Very Important One)
Adhering to food safety guidelines is paramount when it comes to defrosting and heating meat.
Similar to freezing you want to ensure you have the process correct. You must ensure all your family and friends are consuming meat that hasn't had the chance for bacteria to multiply.
Below you will find the correct methods to defrosting and heating ribs, chicken, pulled pork, pork chops and steak
How to Reheat BBQ Ribs
People crave beef because it is so succlent. Although it’s more expensive than pork, we find that beef as it is so juicy, tender, and tasty (and worth those few extra dollars)
Like pork, there are different kinds of beef ribs, but the reheating methods are the same for all these types.
Reheating Ribs on The Grill
Reheating Ribs in The Oven
Charlies Hot Tip:
The idea is to prevent the ribs from being overcooked, there we suggest you go for a very low-temperature heat.
How to Reheat Brisket
We suggest you only heat brisket in the oven. We have found all other methods do not produce great results.
Reheating Brisket in The Oven
How to Reheat Pulled Pork
You have a few option when it comes to reheating your delicious pulled pork! See below for my step by step guides.
Reheating Pulled Pork in The Oven
This is a my healthy method and may be a good option if you have a huge amount of pulled pork to reheat.
To ensure you are able to reheat your pulled pork the best way, save the pan drippings. Saving your pan drippings allows the meat to retain as much more moisture when it's heating.
Reheating Pulled Pork in The Microwave
How to Reheat Pork Chops
You might find that some meats like pork chops end up dried out and chewy when you reheat them. The secret is the using the oven or stove, you can use a microwave however, the other methods yield the tastiest results!
Your best bet for moist leftover pork chops is to reheat them on the stove in a cast-iron skillet or by flash reheating in the oven, a method that requires reheating food quickly at a high temperature.
Reheating Pork Chops in The Oven
Reheating Pork Chops in The Microwave
Reheating Pork Chops in The Pan
How to Reheat Steak (So It Actually Tastes Good!)
The biggest problem when reheating steak is that it can become dried out.
The main reason it usually dries out is that most people try heating up their steaks too quickly!
So, take a little extra time – and follow these helpful tips – to get your steaks tasting how it should, delicious!!
Reheating Steak in The Oven
If your using the oven the reverse sear method is a good way to reheat steak in the oven. This does take some time so ensure you give yourself about 40 minutes before you’re ready to eat!
Reheating Steak in The Microwave
Reheating steak in the microwave should be your last resort! If your short on time however the trick is to save the juices from when you cooked it. You can store these juices in a ziplock bag or airtight container in the fridge.
How to Reheat Your Chicken
Freshly smoked chicken is moist and delicious. However after reheating, that succulent chicken often can become dry and tough if you do it wrong!
I have put my tried and tested methods below! Just remember no matter what reheating technique you choose, the most vital thing is to reheat the chicken safely. Always use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165°F.
Reheating Chicken in The Oven
Reheating Chicken in The Mircowave
Frequently Asked Questions
There is nothing I love more than cooking up a huge batch of pulled pork and having tons left over! It means I get to eat well for months! I regularly freeze and reheat so I thought I would share some of my wisdom!
Question: Can you freeze barbecue sauce?
Answer: You can, just pour the BBQ in a sealable freezer container. Do not use a freezer bag. Use the frozen BBQ sauce within 4 months.
Question: Can i freeze pulled pork?
Answer: You sure can! Just cool the pulled pork and sauce to room temperature. Transfer the cooled pork and barbecue sauce to freezer bags, put the date on the front. Make sure you eat it within two - three months
Question: Can I freeze cooked ribs?
Answer: You sure can, I have a guide above which shows you the process. How to Freeze Cooked Ribs
Wouldn't it be amazing if reheated food tasted just as good as it did when it was freshly made?
I have asked myself this question a few times before. However, once you learn the correct techniques you can get pretty dang close to the first cook.
I also enjoy cooking with leftovers as it pushes you to be a little more creative. I would have never known how good pulled pork, guacamole and blue cheese quesadillas were!
What's your best leftovers dish? Let me know we add it too our (ever growing) to cook list.