There are many ways to reheat brisket, but most involve a crockpot or oven. You can also use an old-fashioned stovetop with a deep pan and cover it with foil for 10 minutes on low heat.
Brisket is a tough cut of meat that needs to be cooked slowly at lower temperatures so the natural juices don’t escape. It’s important not to overcook it because this will dry out the meat and make it taste tougher than usual. The best way to know if your brisket is done is by using a fork; if you’re able to insert the knife easily into the meat then your brisket is ready!
How to Reheat Brisket in the Oven
Your oven is the fastest and most efficient way to heat the whole brisket. It also keeps the brisket warm for when you are ready to eat. However, you need to follow a set of instructions in order for your brisket to come out perfectly every time.
- Brisket is best reheated at 325°F. Set the oven to this temperature and let it heat up while you prepare your brisket. If there is still some fat on top of the brisket, gently spoon it over the meat side before re-placing it in the oven, face down on a new tray or baking sheet that has been lined with foil. This ensures that no drippings will leak onto the bottom of your oven and cause smoke. It also prevents any fat from rendering off during reheating and burning your pan or tray.
- Wrap the brisket in aluminum foil before putting it back into the oven. Pull the ends of the foil up around the sides of the meat to create a tent, allowing warm air to circulate all around your beef brisket as it reheats.
- For optimal results, cook for 30 minutes before unwrapping and cooking again for an additional 15-20 minutes on 350°F. This ensures that no part of your brisket is cold or uncooked when you re-plate it so your party guests can enjoy tender, juicy slices at their first serving.
- If any parts of your brisket are still frozen after heating through completely, do not refreeze them! Thaw these pieces first on the countertop or use them first in a soup or stew.
How to Reheat Brisket in the Slow Cooker
Every kitchen should have a slow cooker. These are excellent for reheat beef brisket. The brisket is reheated in a slow cooker for about four hours. Although the slow cooker technique takes longer than other ways of reheating, it works very well.
- Allow 20 minutes for the brisket to come to room temperature on the counter. Incorporate the beef into the slow cooker.
- If your brisket is too large for your slow cooker, cut it into thick chunks.
- Fill the slow cooker halfway with any leftover beef juices, including any fatty deposits. If you did not save the juices and drippings from the meat, you may use them to create broth, chicken broth, or water.
- Add a cup barbeque sauce for more flavor.
- Cover the slow cooker with the lid. On low heat, cook the brisket for about 3-4 hours.
How to Reheat Brisket With the Sous Vide Machine
Sous vide devices have established a track record of reliably reheating meats, such as brisket, without overcooking them.
If you know how to use it, it is easier to retain the taste of the meat after it has been reheated. These are the steps that can be taken to assist.
- Allow the meat to come to room temperature after removing it from the refrigerator. The wait time will vary based on the length of time the brisket was refrigerated.
- Seal the meal in a bag after it has cooled.
- You should fully fill the sous vide machine with water.
- Temperature should be set at 150°F.
- Allow at least five hours for the meat to reach the proper temperature.
How to Reheat Brisket in the Microwave
While the microwave is not the optimal technique for reheating the brisket, but it really does work. This method works well when utilizing brisket slices. You should not microwave entire briskets. If you’re going to microwave the brisket, ensure sure the container is microwave-safe. We suggest the following five methods for microwave-heating brisket.
- On begin, put the brisket container in the microwave.
- Reduce the wattage of your microwave by around 20%. This will prevent your brisket pieces from being overcooked.
- Heat your brisket for 30 seconds at a time. It won’t take long for your brisket to heat up if you just microwave a few slices.
- Check the temperature and heat of your brisket at least once every 30 seconds to prevent drying it out.
- It should take around four minutes, depending on the amount of brisket being warmed.
How to Reheat Brisket in the Crockpot
My preferred method of cooking is in the crockpot. Crockpots, like ovens, provide uniform heat distribution, which is essential when cooking food. It does so at low temperatures, though, which enables the fluids and marinades to permeate the meat more effectively. This is fantastic since we still have our juices remaining!
The main issue is that many slow cookers and crock pots lack the capacity necessary to accommodate briskets of normal size. You may need to chop the meat into smaller pieces before placing it in your cooker. This is not always a negative thing, since it will shorten the time needed to cook your meat.
Crockpot cooking offers an excellent feature that enables you to precisely regulate the temperature and duration of time required to reheat your brisket. This is a problem when you try to re-fire the smoker or grill, and much more so while using the microwave. Additionally, you may use them to lock in moisture and keep your brisket from drying out.
The brisket should be placed in a ceramic container to be reheated in the crockpot. Slice it if required. Pour the liquid from the leftover meat over it. Place the meat in a baking dish heated to 185 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit (85 to 95 degrees Celsius) and set aside for four hours or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit/75 degrees Celsius.
What to do about your leftover brisket?
The best thing about leftover brisket is that there are endless possibilities for using up the leftovers. You can use it as a filling for quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, sandwiches and even Reuben!
I’m going to walk you through how I used some leftover beef brisket from our Slow Cooker Beef Brisket recipe- making tacos and nachos with it. Here’s what I did:
Sliced the beef up into small pieces Browned the meat in a pan with onion Add bell pepper Salt/pepper/chili powder/cumin/oregano/celery salt to taste Sauteed until tender Added BBQ sauce Done! Now that’s easy. You can do this just about anywhere with any food really. If you have leftover chicken, use it for enchiladas, tacos or even a pot pie! Have leftover veggies? Gratin! Making pancakes? Add some chopped up fruit. The possibilities are endless.
In addition to using this delicious meat for Mexican dishes, I also used the brisket as a filling for homemade nachos. Follow these steps:
Chop up your favorite tortilla chips and place them on a pan Lay out your brisket slices evenly over the chips Spread cheese over top of the beef Season with spices of your choice Place under broiler until cheese melts/bubbles Done! You now have nachos ready to serve with all the toppings you enjoy. Enjoy these scrumptious nachos yourself or share them with family or friends.
Even though this was just a small drop in the bucket of leftover meat, I made sure to use every bit of it. Leftover brisket is perfect for breakfast food too! This recipe does not take long at all- about 10 minutes if you’re quick on time. Add some eggs and cheese into the leftover beef and you have an easy meal ready to go in no time! All of these options are great ways to save money by using what you already have on hand, rather than spending more money on something new. Put your leftovers to good use!
Thank you for reading our guide to reheating brisket. We hope that it has been helpful and that we have answered all of your questions about this delicious cut! If not, please let us know in the comments so we can address any remaining queries. And if you found this blog post helpful, be sure to share it with friends and family who love a good piece of meat as much as we do!