BBQ Rib Sandwich

This BBQ Rib Sandwich is a tasty and fun way to serve BBQ Ribs for a party! A little less messy than ribs but with all the flavor!

This delicious sandwich starts with our easy BBQ Ribs recipe, that can totally be made ahead of time for parties or busy nights! Serve with a side of creamy Cole Slaw and crispy French Fries!

BBQ Rib Sandwich on a plate with fries

Better Than A McRib!

That cult classic that we all grew up loving…the McRib Sandwich from McDonalds. I have to admit, I broke down and had one recently and much to my dismay, it wasn’t the same.

Now, it might BE the same sandwich, it just didn’t taste as good as I remember it tasting. And that could be just because I’ve grown up and I want more out of a sandwich than fake ribs on a bun. In comes this BBQ Rib Sandwich that will fix everything.

Shredded BBQ Ribs on a sub roll with pickles

Tender, perfectly seasoned baby back ribs, cooked until they are almost falling off the bone. Which is good because we actually are removing the bones, shredding the meat and piling it onto sub rolls with pickles and sauce. Now that’s a rib sandwich.

How Do You Make A BBQ Rib Sandwich?

Start by making our classic BBQ Rib Recipe, removing the bones and shredding the meat. Place the meat into a baking dish and cover with your favorite barbecue sauce. The best part about these BBQ Rib Sandwiches is that everything can be done even a day or two ahead of time.

All that’s left to do is to warm up the rib meat and make the sandwiches!

Ingredients for a BBQ Ribs Sandwich

What Other Toppings Can I Add To These Rib Sandwiches?

Our kids actually eat these sandwiches plain, just the rib meat and bun. Which is totally fine if that’s how you like your sandwiches, but we have lots of topping ideas for you, too!

  • Sliced Onions
  • Crispy Fried Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Pickled Jalapeños
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise

BBQ Rib Sandwiches being made with pickles

What Kind Of Ribs Do I Use For This Sandwich Recipe?

Baby Back Ribs are our go to for these BBQ Rib Sandwiches but you can also use other types of ribs to get the same effect here. What you want is a meaty, pork rib so that you have lots of meat to pile on these sandwiches!

So spare ribs, country style, St. Louis ribs will all work. Shop around and see which ribs are on sale that week at your butcher or grocery store.

BBQ Rib Sandwich sliced in half on a plate

As far as the barbecue sauce, honestly just pick your favorite brand, or you can make your own! There’s so many different options at the store, form honey barbecue to spicier options like chipotle or brown sugar varieties.

People tend to think that making ribs is a whole process, and it is if you’re a smoker or one of those more professional BBQ guys but we keep it simple here. Just season your ribs, wrap them in foil and throw them in the oven.

Promise, it’s that easy. Then once you remove the bones and the meat is shredded you can stash that in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Add sauce, warm in the oven and dinner is ready in 15 minutes!

BBQ rib sandwich with shredded meat and pickles

That’s what makes this BBQ Rib Sandwich recipe great for parties, too. Double or triple the amounts depending on how many guests you’re feeding and everything is ready to go instead of prepping food at the last minute.

Can You Freeze Rib Meat?

Absolutely! If you have leftovers you can certainly freeze them for another easy dinner. Or make this recipe ahead of time for easy dinners or for a party, defrost, warm in the oven and serve.

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BBQ Rib Sandwich sliced in half on a plate

BBQ Rib Sandwich

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x

BBQ Ribs Sandwiches are a delicious make ahead dinner recipe that the whole family will love! These sandwiches are also great for game days and parties!



  • Easy BBQ Ribs (Make up until the point of grilling)
  • 2 cups (plus extra for serving) of your favorite BBQ Sauce
  • 8 sub rolls
  • Sliced Pickles


  1. Make the Easy BBQ Ribs up until the point where they come out of the oven as we aren’t grilling the ribs for this recipe. Let the ribs cool slightly until you can handle the meat. It will be easier to remove the bones and shred the meat when they’re still warm, so don’t let the ribs cool completely. (See note*)
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Remove the bones, shred the meat and place in an oven proof dish. Add the barbecue sauce and stir to coat the meat. Cover and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, just until the meat is warmed through.
  4. Add the meat to sub rolls with sliced pickles and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • To make the rib meat ahead of time, cook the ribs and let cool slightly. Remove the bones, shred the meat and place in a baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days and then toss with sauce and warm in the oven.
  • Alternatively, you can take the shredded rib meat and freeze for up to 3 months. Let the meat defrost, place in a baking dish with BBQ sauce and then warm in the oven.
  • (1) 3 pound rack of ribs will make 4 generous sandwiches, (2) 3 pounds racks will make 8 generous sandwiches so you can half the recipe or make more and have leftovers or freeze the rib meat for another night!
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


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