How To Reheat Brisket The Right Way
There are variety of ways that a person can go about preparing brisket. Interestingly, the word "brisket" is ultimately derived from the Old Norse word for cartilage, likely alluding to where the cut is found on cattle.
Often, the meat will be basted during the cooking process. Because this particular cut of meat is on the tougher side, the cap of fatty tissue adjacent to the meat is left attached. This allows the fat to provide flavor and keep the meat tender and juicy.
Smoking is among the more common methods to cook brisket in the United States and this is often done in concert with rubbing a mixture of spices and seasonings into the meat, imparting further flavor to each bite and serving as a fine example of barbecue brisket.
Brisket also incurs a bit of logistics because it offers something tasty for everyone and large crowds demand special equipment. When looking to prepare brisket for large groups, it helps to have access to a wood-burning smoker. If you have a smoker, do some basic research and learn just how much meat you can safely smoke within it.
Chances are high that you will somehow wind up with leftover brisket after a cookout; properly working with those leftovers is what the rest of this article is going to help you figure out.
A Step By Step Guide On to How to Reheat Brisket Properly
After you have fully cooked your brisket, given it time to cool off and served your company, chances are likely that you may still have some brisket that you would rather not throw out. Before you can reheat your brisket, you need to package it the right way.
The Sous Vide Technique.
There is another alternative to reheating brisket that does not call for direct heat: sous vide. If you happen to have a sous vide, also known as an immersion cooker, you will have a surefire way to ensure that your brisket is properly reheated to the perfect temperature with no loss in moisture.
Simply bring the sous vide's water temperature to anywhere between 110°F-175°F, bag up your brisket, immerse it into the water and follow the following charts to figure out how long a wait you will have.
The Microwave Technique.
Ah, the surefire way to reheat brisket and leave it a dry mess. The microwave is only mentioned here to affirm and reiterate that it is a horrible way to go about reheating brisket. Because microwaves heat food up by evaporating moisture into steam, there is a great deal of challenge in gleaning a tender serving of reheated brisket via microwave.
If you absolutely have no other means by which to reheat your brisket, you should take the following steps.
Reduce the microwave's power to 20%.
A Few Example Uses for Reheated BBQ Brisket.
It may sound uninspired, but a brisket sandwich is far from an underwhelming meal. Whether you are on the last helpings of your brisket or you want to have it by itself, there is nothing wrong with heating brisket up for the sake of a sandwich or two for your lunch.
While there are few wrong ways to make a brisket sandwich, I recommend using a type of bread with some strength to it, like potato bread or sourdough. Then pair it with whatever condiments you like; personally, I am quite fond of spicy mustard, horseradish and a few slices of cheddar and Swiss.
Alternately, you might want to pour some of your au jus into a small bowl or a ramekin and use the brisket as the basis for a French dip. If you plan on eating your brisket sandwiches this way, you will want to use bread that has some resiliency; slightly old bread, toasting your roll or something like a baguette are all excellent choices.
There is nothing stopping you from serving your reheated brisket with the same sides you might offer during the initial its serving. Classic side dishes to serve with brisket include baked beans, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and rolls. If the beans seem a bit tepid of a meal suggestion, you might consider drizzling a bit of the brisket's au jus over them.
Quesadillas or Tacos.
Much like when using brisket for filling a sandwich, this meat works quite well with most Tex-Mex and Mexican dishes.
Here is one proper recipe that incorporates brisket.
Brisket is a delicious type of meat that tends to leave cooks with leftovers. Knowing how to manage those leftovers and preserve their moist tenderness is what separates the beginners from the people who know what they are doing; the fact that you have made it this far into this article is more than enough to qualify you in the latter category.
Having read this guide, you not only know the basics of brisket, but you know how best to go about reheating brisket in order to keep it around until it all winds up in everyone's stomachs, instead of the trash can-for having dried out into something closer to jerky.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you reheat a brisket without drying it out?
Creating a juicy brisket is all about taking proper steps. First, you have to cook it right in the first place! Then, you should package it correctly. Finally, you’ll want to use the right reheating technique. We cover all of these topics in this article, so check it out above!
Should you slice brisket before refrigerating it?
To create the tenderest, most juicy brisket, we recommend refrigerating it whole. This makes it easier to slice without shredding it, and it also allows the juices to fully redistribute within the meat. Once it’s cold, it’s easier to slice (against the grain, of course). If you do want to store sliced brisket, always store it in a sauce to keep the slices from drying out. This goes for refrigerated or frozen brisket.
Can you microwave brisket?
We don’t recommend microwaving brisket. It’s a sure-fire way to dry out the meat! The best way to reheat brisket is in a foil pack in the oven, using a sous vide machine, or in the slow cooker.
How long can you keep leftover brisket?
Brisket is good in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days when properly stored. Once it has cooled, you can also freeze it in freezer safe bags or store it wrapped tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil in the freezer. You should use frozen brisket within six months and always thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating it.
How can you use leftover brisket?
There are so many different ways to use leftover brisket! You can make sandwiches, tacos, or wraps, or you can chop the brisket into bite-sized pieces and add it to power bowls, pasta dishes, breakfast hash, and more. The possibilities are endless!