Brisket is a great American classic. There are few things as delicious as that juicy brisket meat slow cooked to perfection. You can enjoy it time and time again. However, have you ever reheated your brisket to find that it’s a little dry and just not as good as before?
It’s easily done, but it does tend to ruin the flavor and your overall enjoyment of the dish. So, how can you reheat brisket without drying it out and compromising the taste? We’ve got you covered!
With this guide, we can show you four different ways to reheat your brisket, along with all the supplies you’ll need!
Whichever method you choose, they’re all really simple, easy to follow and won’t dry out your brisket for the perfectly succulent and enjoyable meal. So, how do you prevent your brisket from drying out?
How To Stop Brisket From Drying Out?
There’s nothing worse than a dried out piece of brisket, sometimes it’s too zapped of all of its juices to even swallow it down! The best way to stop this from happening when reheating is to take some preventative measures when storing your brisket.
For instance, when you first cook the brisket, you’ll need to store it properly so that you are able to enjoy it again as leftovers in the days to come.
We recommend that when you are storing the brisket, you’ll need to slice it up and let it cool in its own juices, so that the meat can soak up these juices to stop it from becoming dry and shrivelled. This can also make it succulent and tender when reheated at a later date.
After cooking the brisket, leave it to rest, slice the brisket across the grain and place in foil. Tightly wrap the foil around the brisket once cooled, or place in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator until ready to use.
This should maintain its juiciness and the integrity of the meat ready for reheating.
You should also try to save as much of the original brisket juices as possible when you first cook it, as you can use these to coat and baste the meat when it’s time to reheat.
We’ve got 4 simple methods for you to try out to reheat your brisket, without losing any of the juiciness, but if you’re short on time, and want a quick 5 step tutorial then check out the section below.
How To Reheat Brisket Without Drying It Out – In 5 Easy Steps:
Okay, so if you’re in a snap and want to reheat your brisket, then don’t even think about putting it in the microwave… this will just ruin the meat. Instead, use these 5 easy steps for the perfect, juicy brisket. You’ll need to use the oven, but it will only take about 20 minutes.
First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit.
Next, remove the brisket from the refrigerator, wrap your leftover brisket meat in foil, and double wrap it to keep the meat moist, juicy and tender.
Leave the brisket to sit at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes.
Coat meat in leftover juices to prevent dryness.
Place the brisket meat into the preheated oven for about 20 minutes if sliced or one hour if it is still whole. Remove from the oven, and serve!
How To Reheat Brisket Without Drying It Out – In Depth Guide?
If you want to learn how to have the most perfect, succulent and juicy brisket even after reheating, then you’re in the right place. We have got four different methods that you can use to reheat your brisket.
You can either use the oven, a slow cooker or crockpot, a smoker, or a sous vide water bath to do this. So, let’s take a look at some of the supplies you’ll need to heat your brisket in these ways!
What You’ll Need:
For reheating a brisket with the oven method, you will need a baking pan, some brisket drippings and juices (or beef broth) and some aluminum foil.
For reheating brisket in a crockpot or slow cooker, you will also need beef broth or leftover drippings and juices from your brisket, and of course a slow cooker.
When it comes to reheating the brisket in a smoker or grill, you’ll only need some aluminum foil for this method.
Finally, the sous vide or water bath method requires a few extra items. For instance, you’ll need a lot of water, a digital thermometer, a sous vide machine (or a large pan) and either a ziploc bag or plastic wrap.
Don’t worry, we will go into more detail and show you how to use each of these different methods to reheat your brisket leftovers!
How To Reheat Brisket In The Oven?
The easiest way to reheat your brisket is in the oven. It’s a fast, effective and simple way to reheat brisket, and maintains the juiciness of the meat without drying it out. To reheat the brisket in the oven, you’ll need to preheat your oven to about 325 degrees fahrenheit.
Then, whilst the oven is preheating, you will want to remove the brisket from the refrigerator, and double wrap the meat in aluminum foil.
If you have any holes in the foil, it can lead to dried out meat after cooking. So, just to be safe, wrap the brisket slices in foil, and wrap it again just to be sure.
Next, you’ll need to leave the wrapped brisket to rest at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes to keep the meat tender and soft.
Then, grab your pan for the oven, and coat the bottom with juices from the brisket and drippings, but if you don’t have any, then use beef broth to give the brisket that extra bit of moisture.
Then, add your brisket, and cover it in juices and broth to keep the meat moist.
Cover the baking tray with a double layer of foil for a tight seal, and put the brisket in the oven. Cook for about 20 minutes if the brisket is sliced, or for up to an hour if it is still whole and unsliced.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit.
- Take brisket out of the refrigerator, wrap in foil twice to keep moist, and leave to rest at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
- Take leftover brisket drippings and juices and cover meat in it.
- Place the brisket on a pan with juices in the preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes if sliced, or one hour if still whole.
- Remove brisket from the oven and serve.
How To Reheat Brisket In A Crockpot?
If you’ve got time, then you may want to reheat a brisket in a slow cooker or crockpot. Whilst this method takes a little bit longer, the results are divine, and you’ll have perfectly soft and succulent brisket for a second time around!
To reheat the brisket in a crockpot, you’ll first need to remove the brisket from the refrigerator and rest it on the counter for about 20 minutes at room temperature. Then slice it up if whole to fit it into the crockpot and place it inside the slow cooker/crockpot.
Add in drippings and juices from the brisket on top, but if you don’t have any, you can use beef broth instead to make the meat juicy and tender.
Once the meat and drippings are inside the crockpot, set the crockpot to low at a temperature of 185-200 degrees and leave to cook. This should take around 4 hours to cook at the proper temperature.
When finished, remove the brisket from the crockpot and cover with foil. Add some of the broth and drippings over the top, and wrap in foil, leaving to sit for 10 minutes for the juices to soak.
- Leave the brisket to rest at room temperature for 20 minutes and slice to fit in the crockpot.
- Add brisket to the crockpot and coat with beef broth or drippings.
- Set the crockpot to low or 185-200 degrees and cook for about 4 hours.
- Once cooked, remove from the crockpot and cover with foil. Coat with drippings and leave to soak for 10 minutes.
How To Reheat Brisket In A Smoker/Grill?
Now, if you want to reheat your brisket in a smoker or grill, then keep in mind that this method only works if you have a charcoal grill, gas grill, charcoal smoker, electric smoker or pellet smoker.
To start, you’ll need to heat the grill or smoker to about 225 degrees. Then, you’ll need to wrap up your brisket in aluminum foil and place it in a position that is in the indirect heat of the grill/smoker.
Once your brisket has reached about 155 degrees, unwrap it from the foil and place it back onto your grill. Then, have the brisket in the direct heat for 5-10 more minutes, but no longer.
Then, check if your meat has reached 160 degrees internally, and place on a serving plate and serve to stop the cooking process.
- Preheat the grill to 225 degrees.
- Wrap brisket in foil and place in indirect heat of the grill.
- Wait until the temperature of the brisket reaches 155 degrees and unwrap from foil.
- Place back onto the grill in the direct heat and leave for 5-10 minutes.
- When meat reaches 160 degrees internally, remove and serve.
How To Reheat Brisket With A Sous Vide (Water)?
You’re better off using a Sous Vide appliance for this method, but you can just use a normal pot instead. First, fill the pot with water, leaving space for when the brisket is in there. Then, use a digital thermometer to check the temperature.
Once the temperature reaches about 165 degrees, start to prepare the brisket by putting it inside a freezer bag or ziploc bag and pour in droppings and beef broth. Then, place the freezer bag inside of the water with the top left open.
Then, wait for the temperature to return to 165 and let the meat simmer. This can take 1-3 hours depending on the size of the brisket that you’re reheating, so keep checking the internal temperature, and once it is the same as the temperature of the water, your brisket is fully heated!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I store brisket?
The best way to store leftover brisket is in foil or an airtight container and in the refrigerator once the brisket has completely cooled.
Should I slice brisket before refrigerating?
Yes, once your brisket is cooked, slice it and leave to cool in its juices to maintain the juiciness and moisture content of the meat. Once cooled, wrap in foil.
How long does brisket keep in the refrigerator?
When stored properly, brisket can be kept in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days.