What to do with that leftover rib meat? Make the most indulgent loaded fries ever! These loaded BBQ rib fries are also topped with cheese, veggies, and a creamy-spicy sauce.

BBQ rib loaded fries: Make something totally delicious out of leftover BBQ ribs!

Loaded fries are one of my favorite things to order at a restaurant – and to make at home. But I don’t make them often because they’re not the healthiest choice.

But recently I made some BBQ ribs and had some leftover meat. After inventorying my fridge and freezer, I realized I had everything I needed for a batch of loaded BBQ rib fries.

If you’re wondering what to do with leftover BBQ ribs, make these.

They did not disappoint!

What You’ll Need To Make Loaded BBQ Rib Fries

The great thing about loaded fries is that the topping options are plentiful and adaptable. This is what I used to make these loaded BBQ rib fries:

  • Frozen French fries: I prefer a thin and crispy French fry but any type will work for this recipe. You could also make your own homemade crispy steak fries or French fries in the oven.
  • Leftover BBQ rib meat: Whether you have leftover ribs from a restaurant or a homemade batch at home, this recipe is for you. Remove the meat from the bones and toss them in some extra BBQ sauce if they have dried out at all.
  • Cheese: I used shredded pepper jack cheese. Feel free to use shredded cheddar cheese, Mexican blend, or Monterrey jack cheese. You could also make a homemade nacho cheese sauce in lieu of shredded cheese.
  • Tomatoes: Any kind, chopped. Roma are usually the cheapest option.
  • Jalapenos: Optional, if you like a little heat.
  • Chopped green onion: Optional, for topping
  • Sauce: The sauce is the fun part! While there are a variety of French fry dipping sauces that will work for these fries, I opted for a spicy sriracha mayonnaise. The sauce brings the whole dish together.

What you'll need to make loaded BBQ rib fries: Click through for recipe.

How To Reheat Leftover Ribs

To make these loaded BBQ rib fries, the French fries are baked in the oven until nearly done. Then the cheese and leftover rib meat are added and it’s baked a few more minutes so the cheese melts and the entire dish is hot.

Before putting the rib meat on the loaded BBQ rib fries, you’ll want to heat it up one of two ways:

  • In the microwave: Remove rib meat from bones. Cut into bite-sized pieces. Place in a microwave-safe bowl, add a teaspoon of water if the meat looks dry, and microwave in 20-second intervals until meat is hot.
  • On the stovetop: Remove rib meat from bones. Cut meat into bite-sized pieces. Place in a nonstick frying pan with a bit of oil. Add a splash of water once cooking if ribs are especially dry. Heat over medium-low heat until meat is warm and crispy – about 1 to 2 minutes.

A note about BBQ sauce: If your leftover ribs have little sauce left on them – or if they are on the dry side – you can add some additional BBQ sauce to them before heating up.

Loaded fries with leftover BBQ ribs: The most delicious use for leftover ribs!

Other Uses For Leftover BBQ Ribs

There are many delicious uses for leftover BBQ ribs! Here are some to consider trying:

  • Simply reheated: Reheat the rib meat and serve with your favorite BBQ sides like baked beans, mac and cheese, and coleslaw.
  • Add to a cheese quesadilla
  • Add to grilled cheese
  • Add to fried rice
  • Make BBQ rib tacos
  • Use as a topping for loaded baked potatoes
  • Add to homemade mac and cheese
  • Add to homemade baked beans
  • If you have a larger amount of leftover BBQ rib meat, consider making into BBQ rib sandwiches – like a BBQ pulled pork sandwich
Loaded fries with leftover BBQ ribs: The most delicious use for leftover ribs!

Loaded BBQ Rib Fries

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Use frozen French fries or make your own homemade fries. Feel free to top with even more cheese and toppings - this recipe is adaptable!


  • 16 ounces frozen French fries
  • 1 to 2 cups leftover BBQ rib meat
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • Chopped green onions
  • Lime segments, for serving (optional)

For spicy mayo sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar


  1. Cook frozen French fries according to package directions.
  2. Remove rib meat from bones and crisp in a frying pan with a bit of oil.
  3. Once French fries are nearly done cooking (or completely done cooking, if you like extra crispy French fries), remove from oven, turn temperature down to 350F, top with shredded cheese and rib meat, and return to over for 4 to 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  4. Remove from oven, top with tomatoes, jalapeno, and chopped green onion. Drizzle with spicy mayo and serve.

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