Do you have leftover brisket that you want to reheat but aren’t sure what the best method is? We got you covered. As you will read, this happens to me all of the time. I hate reheating meat and it drying out on me. Learn how to reheat brisket without drying it out here today.
Let me just pronounce my love for brisket out loud! It’s my absolute favorite primal cut and I love to devour it. If it were up to me, I’d have brisket all day and night! I love to have it with a side of mashed, roasted or baked potatoes, sautéed veggies, fresh green salad, or even freshly-cut raw veggies.
Given my immense love for this juicy and divine meat cut, I simply can’t resist cooking too much of it at once, which always leads me to store the leftover brisket in my fridge. This gives me the perfect opportunity to eat it at a later time. However, given the fact that meat can easily dry out when reheated, it does raise the question, “Can brisket be reheated without losing its moisture?”
Well, let’s see!
Can you Reheat Brisket?
Yes, you can definitely reheat brisket. In fact, you can reheat this divine meat cut in multiple ways and use it in various dishes. With that said, reheating brisket can be a bit tricky as the meat can lose its tenderness and dry out if it is not done correctly.
So, if you are wondering how to reheat brisket the right way so that it retains its moisture, then read on to find out!
How to Reheat Brisket
Here are 4 ways in which you can reheat brisket:
Reheating Brisket in the Oven
If you want your brisket to retain its taste, then reheating it in the oven is your best choice. This will ensure that your brisket stays juicy and tender and doesn’t become dry and chewy. Here’s how you can reheat brisket in your oven:
Things You Will Need
- Set the temperature of your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees for reheating BBQ brisket).
- Take the leftover brisket out of your fridge and let it come to room temperature.
- Put the brisket on a baking sheet and pour the leftover juices on top of it.
- Cover the baking sheet with some aluminum foil.
- Put the sheet in your oven and reheat the brisket for about 45 minutes. The reheating time will vary depending on the size of your leftover brisket and your oven’s heating power.
- Make sure to check the internal temperature of the meat with a meat thermometer and take it out of the oven when it reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Reheating Brisket in the Microwave
If you are really short on time when it comes to reheating brisket, then use the microwave. So, here’s how you can reheat brisket in a microwave:
Things You Will Need
- Put your brisket in a microwave-safe container and put the container in your microwave.
- Make sure to set your microwave to about 20 percent power, as this will help you avoid overcooking the brisket.
- Reheat your brisket leftovers in 30-second increments and make sure to check the internal temperature of your brisket after every 30 seconds. The temperature should be at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Depending on the amount of leftover brisket you have, this process can take anywhere from one to 5 minutes.
Reheating Brisket in the Smoker
You can also reheat the leftover brisket in your smoker. It will give you more or less the same results as reheating in an oven, but it’ll take longer. So, here’s how you can reheat brisket in a smoker:
Things You Will Need
- Preheat your grill to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Make sure to set the grill to a two-zone setup.
- Wrap your brisket in some aluminum foil and put it in the cold or indirect zone of your grill.
- Let the brisket cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 155 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Unwrap your brisket and shift it onto the direct heat zone of your grill.
- Let the brisket finish cooking in the direct zone for about 10 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to ensure that it has reached an internal temperature of 1260 degrees Fahrenheit before you serve it.
Reheating Smoked Brisket
Smoked brisket that’s been cooking for hours on end has to be my favorite meat dish. With that said, you need to know how to reheat smoked brisket so that it stays juicy the next time you have it. So, here’s how you can reheat smoked brisket:
Things You Will Need
- Set the temperature of your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and preheat it.
- Take your brisket leftover out of the fridge, let it come to room temperature, and trim the excess fat off it with a sharp knife.
- Put the brisket in a baking pan and pour the leftover juices on top of it. This helps keep it juicy and tender.
- Use aluminum foil to tightly cover the pan.
- Put the pan in your preheated oven.
- If the smoked brisket is already sliced, then reheat it for around 20 minutes, but if it’s whole, then reheat it for an hour.
- Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the brisket. If it has reached 160 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, then take it out of your oven and serve.
How to Reheat Brisket Without Drying It Out
Wondering how to reheat brisket without drying it out? Reheat it in your oven! Even though it takes some time, the end result is a juicy and tender brisket that tastes just as good as new. Moreover, don’t forget to add the leftover juices to your brisket to enhance its juiciness.
How to Store Brisket
An integral part of ensuring that your reheated brisket is tender and juicy is to store your fresh brisket properly. The trick is to keep it tightly sealed before you throw it into your fridge or freezer. The first step is to allow the brisket to cool and drain the residual juices from it. Use a fat separator to part the fat from the brisket au jus.
Place the brisket in a big food service pan and pour the good au jus on top of it. If you have a vacuum sealer, then vacuum pack your brisket with the pan into a food saver bag. However, if you don’t have a vacuum sealer, then tightly wrap your au jus-soaked brisket in a plastic wrap and wrap it again in aluminum foil before sealing it in a heavy-duty freezer bag.
Put the sealed and packed brisket in your fridge and devour it within two to three days. Alternatively, you can put it in your freezer and have it within 3 months. Just make sure to thaw it for a couple of days in your fridge before cooking it.
The Bottom Line
I hope you enjoyed reading this guide on how to reheat brisket. Do try the methods that I have outlined above and see which one works the best for you. Make sure to store your brisket properly so that when you reheat it, it’s as juicy and tender as before.