Rib Rub Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
This isn't just any old freezer meal; it's the answer to all your barbecue dreams. Imagine a world where the perfect rib rub is always at your fingertips, ready to transform a humble rack of ribs into a masterpiece of flavor.
Gluten Free

Introducing the Rib Rub Freezer Meal: because we all secretly enjoy cheating our way to culinary greatness, and let’s be real, who has the time to lovingly massage each rib with a flavorful rub every time we crave some finger-licking goodness? Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered.

This isn’t just any old freezer meal; it’s the answer to all your barbecue dreams. Imagine a world where the perfect rib rub is always at your fingertips, ready to transform a humble rack of ribs into a masterpiece of flavor.

Picture yourself effortlessly impressing your guests with tender, perfectly seasoned ribs, and then casually revealing your secret: the pre-prepped, freezer-stored magic of Rib Rub Freezer Meals.

Whether you’re hosting a summer cookout, a family gathering, or simply craving some barbecue goodness on a weeknight, this freezer meal is your secret weapon. It’s like having a personal barbecue pitmaster on standby in your freezer.

So, join the ranks of the culinary savvy who’ve embraced the convenience of make-ahead meals and elevate your rib game with our Rib Rub Freezer Meal. Your taste buds (and your guests) will thank you.

Why you’ll Love this Make-Ahead Rib Rub Freezer Meal

  • Time-Saver Extraordinaire
  • You can (and should) make it in advance
  • Beginner Recipe
  • Budget-Friendly
  • Kid-friendly
  • Consistently Amazing
Rib Rub Freezer Meal Recipe
Hannah Stewart
This isn't just any old freezer meal; it's the answer to all your barbecue dreams. Imagine a world where the perfect rib rub is always at your fingertips, ready to transform a humble rack of ribs into a masterpiece of flavor.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 505 kcal
Equipment
  • 1 Slow Cooker or Crock Pot
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
Ingredients
  
  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
BBQ Dry Rub (Mix together in a small bowl):
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
For serving:
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
Instructions
 
Freezer Prep Directions:
  • Prepare a gallon freezer bag, labeling according to your preferred method.
  • Add all ingredients, except BBQ sauce and water, into gallon freezer bag. Shake bag to evenly coat ribs with spices.
  • Seal bag, removing as much air as possible, and freeze for up to three months. 
Slow Cooker Directions:
  • Thaw freezer bag in fridge 12-24 hours before cooking.
  • Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker, plus 1 cup water.
  • Cook on low 8-10 hours.
  • Remove ribs from slow cooker and serve with BBQ sauce.
Instant Pot Directions
  1. Dump the contents of the freezer bag into the Instant Pot, add 1 cup water.
  2. Set to High Pressure for 30 minutes, then allow a 15-minute natural release followed by a quick release. 
  3. Remove ribs from slow cooker and serve with BBQ sauce.
Dietary Adjustments
Make it Gluten-Free:
  • This recipe is naturally gluten-free.
 
 
Make it Dairy-Free:
  • This recipe is naturally dairy-free.

Notes

 
  • You can use a bbq sauce instead of dry rub if desired and follow the same cooking directions for a delicious rib! Use 2 cups sauce if this is the route you take. 
  • This recipe is paleo because of the coconut sugar. You can use regular granulated sugar or brown sugar if desired. 

Nutrition

Calories: 505kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 20gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 5203mgPotassium: 841mgFiber: 9gSugar: 8gCalcium: 221mgIron: 9mg
Keyword Best Rib Recipe, Best Rib Rub Recipe, crockpot dinners, Easy Dinner, Slow Cooker Recipes
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Equipment Needed to make this Delicious Rib rub Freezer Meal Recipe

  • 1 Slow Cooker or Crock Pot
  • 1 gallon freezer bag

Ingredients for your Rib Rub Recipe

  • 1 Rack baby back ribs
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • BBQ Dry Rub (Mix together in a small bowl):
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dill
  • For serving:
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce

How to Make a Rib Rub Recipe

Prep/freezer directions:

  1. Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  2. Add all ingredients, except BBQ sauce and water, into gallon freezer bag. Shake bag to evenly coat ribs with spices.
  3. Store in freezer for up to three months.

Cooking directions:

  1. Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in some warm water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  2. Add freezer bag contents into slow cooker, plus 1 cup water.
  3. Cook on low 8-10 hours
  4. Remove and spread BBQ sauce onto ribs. Serve and Enjoy!

What to pair with your Homemade Rib Rub For Freezer Cooking?

Sides:

Desserts:

Mocktails:

Popular Substitutions and Additions

Substitutions:

  • Beef Ribs: Instead of baby back ribs, you can use 3-4 pounds of beef short ribs for a different flavor profile. Beef ribs can offer a richer and heartier taste.
  • Apple Juice: Swap the water in the recipe for apple juice. This substitution will infuse a subtle fruity sweetness into the ribs, complementing the BBQ dry rub.
  • Maple Syrup: Replace the coconut sugar in the BBQ dry rub with maple syrup. This alteration will add a delightful maple flavor to your ribs, creating a sweet and savory combination.

Additions:

  • Smoked Paprika: Enhance the smokiness of your ribs by adding a teaspoon of smoked paprika to the BBQ dry rub. It will contribute a deeper and more intense smoky flavor.
  • Fresh Herbs: Sprinkle fresh herbs like chopped parsley or cilantro over the ribs just before serving. The brightness and freshness of herbs will provide a vibrant contrast to the savory ribs.
  • Lemon Zest: Grate some lemon zest over the ribs after cooking. The citrusy aroma and flavor will elevate the overall taste and add a zesty twist.

These substitutions and additions offer creative variations to your Rib Rub Freezer Meal, allowing you to customize the flavor to your liking and surprise your taste buds. Enjoy your delicious ribs!

How to reheat and store Rib Rub recipe after cooking

Best way to store Time-Saving Rib Rub Recipe leftovers?

The optimal approach for storing Rib Rub leftovers is to prioritize proper cooling before refrigeration or freezing. Allow the leftovers to gradually cool to room temperature. Once the leftovers have sufficiently cooled, proceed to transfer them into designated storage containers or employ a resealable plastic bag.

During this process, take care to expel excess air from the container or bag to mitigate the risk of freezer burn. It is paramount that the chosen container offers leak-proof qualities to avert potential spillage within the refrigerator.

To maintain an organized record of freshness, diligently label the container with the date of storage. For extended storage periods, the freezer is the preferred option. Frozen Rib Rub leftovers maintain their quality for a duration of 2-3 months after initial cooking.

How long will Rib Rub Leftovers last in the fridge?

By implementing appropriate cooling procedures and selecting suitable storage containers, your rib leftovers can be safely preserved in the refrigerator for a span of 4-5 days.

Prior to reheating any leftovers, make sure to conduct assessments to ensure that the leftovers have not undergone spoilage.

Can I freeze Tender and Flavorful Rib Rub after cooking?

Yes. Rib leftovers freeze quite well and can be maintained for storage for a lengthy time. To freeze ribs, ensure they have the time to properly cool down to room temperature first. Then, place them in an airtight container or resealable freezer bags, removing as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn from occurring.

Label the container or bag with the date for reference so you can keep track of freshness. When properly frozen, ribs can maintain the flavor and texture for up to 2-3 months in the freezer. This allows you to enjoy your favorite rib dish at a later date without compromising the taste, texture, or quality.

If you are looking to make your rib rub a raw freezer meal, pour all of your ingredients together in the gallon bag, except the water and BBQ sauce. Then shake the bag to make sure the rack of ribs are evenly coated with the spices. Remove as much excess air as possible, then seal and store for up to 3-4

How to Reheat Delicious Rib Rub Freezer Meal Recipe?

When you are ready to enjoy those leftover Ribs, there are a few different reheating methods you should follow. 

  • Oven Method: Preheat your oven to around 300°F (150°C). Place your ribs on a baking sheet, and cover them with aluminum foil to prevent them from drying out. Heat the ribs in the oven for about 20-30 minutes, or until they are heated through. This method is great for preserving the tenderness and flavor of your ribs.
  • Microwave Method: If you’re short on time, the microwave is a quick option. Transfer a portion of your ribs onto a microwave-safe plate, and cover them with a microwave-safe lid or microwave-safe paper towel to retain moisture. Heat on medium power in 30-second increments, flipping or stirring between each interval to ensure even heating. Keep an eye on the ribs to prevent overheating, as the microwave can dry them out if used too long.
  • Grill or Barbecue Method: For those who prefer a grilled or smoky flavor, preheat your grill or barbecue to medium heat. Place the ribs directly on the grill grates and heat them for about 5-10 minutes on each side, or until they are heated through. Baste the ribs with some additional barbecue sauce during the grilling process for added flavor. This method not only reheats the ribs but also enhances their smoky taste.

Whichever method you choose, make sure the ribs reach an internal temperature of at least 165°F (74°C) to ensure they are safely reheated. Enjoy your delicious leftover rib recipe!

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