PORK RIBS, ALL CUTS (INCLUDING SPARE RIBS, BABY BACK RIBS, COUNTRY-STYLE RIBS) — COOKED
How long do cooked pork ribs last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate pork ribs within two hours of cooking.
To maximize the shelf life of cooked pork ribs for safety and quality, refrigerate the pork ribs in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
Properly stored, cooked pork ribs will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
To further extend the shelf life of cooked pork ribs, freeze them; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.
How long do cooked pork ribs last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for 2 to 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
The freezer time shown is for best quality only — cooked pork ribs that have been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
How long do cooked pork ribs last after being frozen and thawed? Cooked pork ribs that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; pork ribs that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
How long do cooked pork ribs last at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked pork ribs should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
How to tell if cooked pork ribs are bad? The best way is to smell and look at the pork ribs: signs of bad pork ribs are a sour smell and a slimy texture; discard any pork ribs with an off smell or appearance, do not taste first.
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