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Alright, it’s not a McRib. In fact, I’ve never even had a McRib sandwich, but I noticed a billboard advertising that the McRib was back a while ago, and decided that while I probably wouldn’t ever go buy one it is a great idea for using up leftover ribs from a weekend BBQ. Like, last week we made these amazing, fall off the bone, dry rub baby back ribs. Oh my heavens, they are amazing, and they just keep giving in this sandwich.

BBQ Rib Sandwiches with crispy bacon and cheddar cheese. Perfect for BBQ leftovers ohsweetbasil.com

I know that not everyone ends up with leftover ribs, usually everything at a BBQ has a way of flying off the picnic table once it’s finally time to eat, but occasionally you do, and if you’re anything like us, the idea of reheating ribs doesn’t sound nearly as delicious as eating them fresh. BUT, a rib sandwich slathered in BBQ sauce and melted cheese? Yeah, yeah I could go for that. Add a little dairy/cheese to anything and I’m totally sold.

BBQ Rib Sandwiches with crispy bacon and cheddar cheese. Perfect for BBQ leftovers ohsweetbasil.com

The really nice thing about this sandwich is that it doesn’t just use up the ribs meat that’s leftover, but you can also use those last couple hamburger buns, slices of cheese and whatever else you have lying around. It’s like a pulled pork sammy but better, you get those crispy little edges from the ribs… oh my, oh my!!! Plus, there’s bacon. Oh bacon, how I love thee. And BBQs, and summer, and food… Can you tell we are big summer people? I just love that you can do so much more impromptu gathering, socializing, and of course, eating. Summer is definitely our favorite time of year.

So tell me, what are your favorite BBQ meals and how do you use up any leftovers? What is your favorite cheesy recipe?

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Can You Cook Bacon In The Oven?

Cooking bacon in the oven is easy.

Line a baking sheet with foil.

Set your oven to 400 degrees.

Lay bacon in a single layer onto baking sheet, making sure not to overlap.

Bake until your desired crispness, 15 to 25 minutes.

How Long Can Bacon Be Frozen?

Frozen food will stay safe to eat nearly indefinitely, if it is stored air tight.

But for the sake of quality and taste we tend to freeze bacon no more than a few months.

Can Cheddar Cheese That Has Mold Be Eaten?

Mold generally can’t penetrate far into hard and semisoft cheeses, such as cheddar, colby, Parmesan and Swiss.

You can cut away the moldy part and eat the rest of the cheese.

You should cut away at least an inch from the mold.

Bacon Cheddar Rib Sandwich

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Bacon Cheddar Rib Sandwich

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
a rib sandwich slathered in BBQ sauce and melted cheese? Yeah, yeah I could go for that. Add a little dairy/cheese to anything and I'm totally sold.


  • Leftover BBQ Ribs meat pulled off and shredded
  • Cheddar Cheese sliced
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Buns
  • Bacon cooked and chopped


  • Toast the buns on a grill or under a broiler.
  • Top with shredded rib meat, bbq sauce, bacon and cheese.
  • Place it on the warming rack or over an a burner that is not on, close the lid and allow the cheese to melt.
  • Enjoy!


store leftovers covered, in the refrigerator

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • Going to try this tonite! And bacon is good in Mac and cheese too

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    • yes it is!

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  • Last year I tried one. A bunch of facebook friends were raving about it,so I was very excited. I thought it was awful! Not just fast-food awful, but truly disgusting. You know, there are some fast food items that taste pretty good. You know you shouldn’t like them, but you do. The McRib is not one of these. It was yucky. It is meat (I assume it’s pork) molded into a “rib shape” and coated with bbq sauce on a hamburger bun. Yours is waaaaayyyy better. I tried it today and it was fabulous!! Thank you!

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    • GAH! I hate when fast food is not just “fast food” but horrible! Thank you!!

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  • I’ve never been tempted by a McRib.. I think they look utterly frightening.

    your version however, YUM!

    We never have ribs leftover, I may have to hide some just so we can make this!


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  • If ONLY McRibs tasted as good as this looks! Oh man, what a genius way to use up leftover meat. However, there IS never leftover meat in my house, but should there ever be, I am SO making these!! 🙂

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  • This could not have come at a better time–I JUST made spare ribs and have so much leftover! I used to eat McRibs just because my Dad raved about them (same with Big Macs) but I actually pretty much hated them. Meat molded into the shape of a “rib”? Gross. This version is MUCH better. Pass the yellow cheese, please.

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  • I never had a mcrib! It looks amazing but I’m sure the crap they put in there is pretty bad.

    I’d gladly have your version any day of the week!

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  • This mcrib looks way better than the McD version! MY husband would love this 🙂

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  • Now I want ribs. And leftovers!!

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  • My husband loves the McRibs from McD’s….I don’t think they even look good. I absolutely love your homemade version…that I could eat no problem!!! Although we never have any ribs leftover with a teenage boy in the house now!!!

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  • Oh my word.

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  • GENIUS! Never thought to use leftover ribs this way!!! Good thing I just loaded up on some ribs last week while they were on sale! 🙂

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  • I had a mcrib in Germany many maaaaaaaany years ago, and I can tell from your pictures alone your version blows that crappy mcdonalds version out of the water!!!

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  • I’ve never dared to try the McD’s McRib, but this sandwich with leftover rib meat is something my family would adore!

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  • I would’ve never thought of using leftover ribs for a McRib sandwich. Looks good!

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  • I’ve never been tempted to try a McRib but this one…yes, I will try this one!

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  • Um, YES. I think my husband would marry me all over again if I made him this sandwich. It looks amazing, Carrian!

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  • I’ve never had, nor ever plan to ever eat an actual McRib sandwich. Especially when your version definitely trumps it 100x over!

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    • gah, me either. I’ll stick with homemade!

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  • I don’t think I’ve ever had a real mcrib, but I sure want to try your version!

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    • Who knows if this is even what the real thing is like, but I certainly am not interested in trying.

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  • My husband would be so all over this like WHITE ON RICE – he’s a McRib fan all the way! This looks lovely, and exactly like the kind of thing that I love to do with leftover BBQ!!

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    • If there is leftover rib meat… that’s the tricky part. Haha

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  • i’ve never had the McRib either but I would totally try this version out.

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    • I’ll be honest, I have no clue what the mcrib actually has in it, but this was yummy!

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  • This sandwich is calling my name! Pinning!

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    • Thanks, Anna!

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  • My husband is going to LOVE that you made this recipe! I haven’t had a McRib since I was a kid but he raves about them to this day. Pinning!

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    • I feel almost guilty posting this since I’ve never had one, but the world does seem to love a McRib!

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  • I’ve never had a mcrib, actually I can not even remember ever eating at McDonalds, but boy these looks awesome! I am down with anything that has melted cheddar cheese!

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    • As you shouldn’t!! Such an awful place… ooops was that out loud?

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  • I’ve never had a mcrib either, but my coworkers say they’re amazing. I’ll take the homemade version, please! I love this!

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    • Ok, ask them what’s really supposed to be in it. That might be good to know. Haha

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