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Cosco Ribs Cooking Instructions

Costco Ribs Cooking Instructions: Complete Guide (2023)

Last Updated on December 31, 2022 by Shari Mason

What’s good about Costco’s ribs is they’re already pre-made and prepared, so all you need to do is cook them. You have three ways to cook Costco’s ribs – by the oven, grill, or Traeger.

But how will you cook the ribs to achieve savory meat that comes off the bone easily? We got you. 

Here are the Costco ribs cooking instructions you must follow for an ideal bbq celebration.  

6 Steps To Cook Costco Ribs

Costco St.Louis style ribs

1. Preheat the Oven

First, preheat the oven and grill to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for about 5 minutes. If you’re using Traeger, preheat it to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). 

2. Place Meat Upside Down In A Pan

While waiting, place the pre-cooked ribs facing down in your grill or baking pan. Put the pan on the rack and allow it to sit over a layer of water. 

For those using Traeger, upon reaching the set temperature, put the ribs into it with the bone side facing up and season it with one cup of apple cider vinegar. 

3. Cover With Foil and Bake  

Now, you can take the seasoned ribs off the grill or baking dish and cover the ribs with aluminum foil. 

If you’re using a grill, up-fold the sides of the foil, then pour apple juice on top before you wrap it tightly with foil.

Make sure you wrap it thoroughly to avoid the juice spilling from the meat. 

Put back the wrapped ribs on the rack for the main roasting or grilling time. 

4. Remove Juices and Fats

You may want to remove the juices or fats as you cook (for health-conscious peeps). 

“A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.”

— Thomas Keller, Restaurateur/American Chef/Cookbook Author

But to get the best juicy and tasty results, instead of removing the juices and fats, you can brush the ribs with sauce and safflower oil or add your favorite seasonings like black pepper to enhance the taste. 

However, this should be done a little later.   

5. Raise Temperature to 350-375 F

After the pre-seasoned ribs have been set, raise your oven’s temperature to 350-375 degrees F.

If you’re using the grill, you’ll need to reduce the temperature to 275 degrees F after 30 minutes. 

If you’re using Traeger, maintain the heat at 275 degrees F, and let it smoke for 2 hours. 

6. Roast Until It Reaches 195 Internal Temperature

Lastly, roast or grill the Costco ribs for about 2 hours or until you get an internal temperature of 195 degrees F. We always recommend using a meat thermometer [1] in this case. 

Alternatively, you can tell that the ribs in the oven, grill, or Traeger are almost ready when it’s already tender that the meat easily separates from the bone. 

Once the internal temperature is achieved, you can now get the ribs from the covered roasting pan or foil. 

Now is the time to brush the ribs off with BBQ sauce and other seasonings and flavorings. 

For oven-cooking: Brush the ribs with barbecue sauce and put the ribs back in your oven for another 20-25 minutes. 

For grilling: Brush each meat side with BBQ sauce every 5 minutes for another 30-minute grilling time or until you reach the 190 degrees F internal temperature. 

For Traeger-grilling: Cook each side and flip every 25 minutes. Brush the ribs’ sides with barbecue sauce and apple cider vinegar, then smoke the cooked pork ribs for another 25 minutes. 

Note: Let the cooked ribs cool down a bit before you eat or slice them into serving size [2]. 

How Long Will It Cook? 

oven cooked ribs

Oven

Frozen Costco ribs in the oven can take 2 to 2.5 hours to cook at 375 degrees F or until the internal temp reaches 190 degrees F. 

Grill

On the grill, cooking time can take around 2 hours to cook ribs at 375 degrees temp or until it reaches 190 degrees F internal temp. 

Make sure to cover the roasting pan to retain the medium-high heat inside. 

Traeger Grills

In Traeger grills, the Costco pre-seasoned ribs will take about 2-3 hours to cook. It should maintain the 275 degrees F temp and 190 degrees F internal temp. 

What Are The Ribs That Costco Sells? 

Other ribs from Costco include:

  1. Kirkland Signature Seasoned Pork Baby Back Ribs
  2. Kirkland Signature St Louis Pork Spare Ribs
  3. Boneless Kirkland Signature Pork Shoulder Country Style Ribs
  4. Swift Premium Pork Loin Back ribs
  5. Swift Premium Pork St. ribs

How To Store & Reheat Costco Ribs 

Storage

When grilled or oven-cooked, cooked pork ribs can last in your fridge for about 3 to 4 days. Make sure to refrigerate your cooked pork ribs from Costco, stored in shallow airtight containers. 

Also, you can wrap the ribs tightly using heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap. 

Reheat

Cover the baby back ribs in aluminum foil [3] and reheat for 15 minutes at 375 degrees F.  

FAQs

How do you know if Costco ribs are cooked? 

To know if the Costco ribs in the oven are cooked, use a meat thermometer to verify if it reaches the ideal internal temperature of 190 degrees F. Also, when you see the ribs’ flesh coming off easily, then it’s almost ready.  

Should you cook Costco ribs with foil? 

You should Costco ribs with foil as it helps trap moisture and heat inside, allowing the ribs to cook faster. You can also use parchment paper to wrap the ribs as an alternative. 

Final Thoughts 

Costco is one of the top choices when buying ribs, as it’s already pre-cooked [4] and seasoned.

But, of course, you’ll need to cook the ribs again at home to follow your recipe and enhance their taste.

If you want it slightly sweet, you can add some sweet sauce halfway, or if you want it slightly spicy, you can rib rub some chili pepper or simply mix red bell pepper on the side, along with the sauce or mashed potatoes. 

Following the steps above, you’ll be a BBQ master in no time that will surely excite your guests or husband’s appetite with your mouth-watering recipe. 

References:

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/the-best-instant-read-thermometer/ 
  2. https://www.fda.gov/food/new-nutrition-facts-label/serving-size-new-nutrition-facts-label 
  3. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/aluminum-foil-cooking 
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/food-science/precooked-food 
Shari Mason

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