How to Cook Ribs for Dogs

When coming up with ideas for homemade recipes to feed your dog, you might be considering several kinds of proteins. These will offer a variety of things for your dog to eat while ensuring it gets all the needed the vitamins and nutrients. You’re thinking about pork or beef ribs, but can you cook them for a dog?

Are Ribs Safe for Dogs to Eat?

Ribs aren’t dangerous for dogs per se, but there are some definite risks associated with them eating the bones. Of course, this will depend on whether you’re feeding your dog pork or beef ribs, although you should serve rib bones raw.

Pork Precautions

However, you should always serve pork ribs off the bone. This is because pork bones are more fragile than beef ones. If your dog bites into the bone, they can choke on it or it can cause serious problems with digestion. Also, serving pork raw to your dog presents an additional risk because there are some parasites in it that can make your fur baby sick.

You can cook the rib meat, it’s entirely fine for you to do so. But, dogs do require raw meat more than cooked.

Cooked Bones

Plus, cooked rib bones tend to be more brittle. When your pup chews on it, the bones can splinter and inject shards into the dog’s mouth, throat, stomach and digestive system. Not only does this have the potential to be excruciatingly painful, but it can create a serious health issue too.

This means that even though beef ribs are better for your dog to chew on, they can still pose a dangerous risk to your beloved four-legged friend. So, this is why it’s best to give your dog raw ribs. Besides, they’re chewy, flexible and soft when uncooked. This is a much better dining experience for a canine.

Recipes to Cook Ribs for Your Dog

There are a couple of recipes and techniques you can try to cook ribs for your dog. As long as you observe a few safety measures, your pup will chow down with a happy belly.

Grilled Pork Shish Kebobs

Shish kebobs for your dog are good for when you’re already going to grilling out. You can make ones for people while putting a skewer or two together for your pup.

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Items You’ll Need

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Metal Skewers
  • Heated Grill
  • Tongs
  • Measuring Cups


  • 2½ lbs Pork Rib Meat, cubed and boneless
  • ½ Cup Zucchini, sliced
  • ½ Cup Green Bell Pepper, deseeded and cubed
  • ½ Cup Butternut Squash, deseeded and cubed


  1. Chop all ingredients on the cutting board with a knife. Ensure you cut everything in chunky squares and cubes.
  2. Heat the grill until it reaches somewhere in the ballpark of 400°F.
  3. Take the metal skewer and begin layering each item, one by one. Start with a piece of meat, then a slice of zucchini, next a chunk of the green bell pepper and finally a piece of squash.
  4. Repeat until you reach the end of the skewer and continue the pattern on more skewers if necessary.
  5. Cook the shish kebobs for about 20 to 30 minutes, until the meat is thoroughly cooked with a little char.
  6. Be sure to turn the skewers over with the tongs every few minutes so everything cooks evenly.
  7. Take them off the grill and allow it to cool for a few moments.
  8. Feed enough of it to your dog, then portion and freeze the rest.

Rib Tartar for Pups

This raw meat recipe with beef ribs is good to make if you need to keep your dog distracted. You can cut a large portion of it away from the bone, toss the bone to your pup and prepare the rest. This is a single serving recipe, so there’s no need to freeze anything later on.

Items You’ll Need

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Large Mixing Spoon
  • Mixing Bowl


  • 5 oz Beef Ribs, boneless and cut into small pieces
  • ½ can of Tuna, cooked and in spring water
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Or Sunflower Oil, extra virgin
  • 1 Tbsp Parsley, fresh and chopped
  • 1 Parsnip, cooked and small
  • 1 egg yolk


  1. Cube the beef ribs into small, square-like pieces and chop the parsley on the cutting board with a knife.
  2. Then chop the cooked parsnip in a similar way.
  3. In the bottom of the mixing bowl, mash the tuna with the back of the large spoon until broken up.
  4. Add the parsley, meat, parsnip and olive oil; stir a few times.
  5. Then add the egg yolk and stir the entire mixture well.
  6. Serve it and let your pup savor the flavors!

Canine Macaroni Goulash

This crock pot recipe is good for when you’re busy but you have to make food for your dog. It’s a goulash that’s easy to make and you can freeze the leftovers.

Items You’ll Need

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  • Crock Pot
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Frying Pan
  • Spatula


  • ½ lb Beef Rib Meat, boneless and cubed
  • ½ lb Pork Rib Meat, boneless and cubed
  • 1 Tbsp Olive or Coconut Oil  
  • 6 Cups Beef Stock, sodium free
  • 8 oz Macaroni Noodles, gluten free
  • 1 Cup Peas, frozen
  • 1 Cup Carrots, frozen
  • 1 Cup Green Bell Pepper, cut into small pieces


  1. Set the crock pot to high and pour in all the beef stock.
  2. Chop the beef and pork into small cubes with the knife and cutting board.
  3. Cut the green bell pepper and other frozen veggies into smaller pieces if needed.
  4. In a frying pan on medium heat with oil, brown the meat on all sides but don’t cook all the way through.
  5. Once the pot is fully warmed, add the meat, noodles and veggies.
  6. Then turn the crock pot down to low, cover the food and allow it to cook for several hours.
  7. When the meat is tender and the vegetables are soft, the goulash is ready.
  8. Allow this to cool before serving it to your dog. Freeze the rest in portions for later on.

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