Question: How long can BBQ ribs be kept UNrefrigerated?

July 6, 2010



The Heritage Cook's picture

The rule of thumb is no food should be left out of refrigeration longer than two hours. To be on the safe side, I refrigerate everything after one hour.

Chris Paulk's picture

After about 45 minutes the meat will start to grow bacteria. Assuming that the ribs are cooked all the way through, 45-1hr would be the longest i would let them sit. If they're not cooked all the way through and /or there is any blood congealed, I would refrigerate them sooner than that. (better safe than sorry). .