Briskets are often sliced before serving as this ensures that it remains juicy. However, sometimes brisket slices remain uneaten and have to be kept for later.
Whether you decide to keep your leftover brisket slices in the freezer or fridge, they have to be warmed up before they can be eaten again. Reheating brisket slices can be a rather tricky task, especially if you are not certain of how to proceed.
It is very possible to reheat brisket slices and maintain the juicy perfection and original taste. There are a few ways to reheat brisket slices, including using an oven or a grill. A slow cooker, however, is your best bet.
How to store brisket
How you store brisket or freeze leftover brisket can determine the way it reheats. Storing brisket properly requires slicing the brisket to protect it from drying out.
If you have kept your brisket slices in the freezer, you can switch them to the fridge to let them thaw. Unless you are in a hurry, you must not use a microwave to warm up brisket slices.
Using a microwave will make the slices lose a lot of their moisture and become rather dry.
Reheating brisket slices
The three easiest ways to reheat brisket slices include using the oven, a grill, or a slow cooker.
Using the oven to reheat brisket slices
- Start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees.
- If there isn’t enough juice from the brisket, you can cover the bottom of the foil with beef broth to keep the moisture.
- Depending on how big the brisket is, it should take about 20 minutes in the oven to reheat, or when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
Keep in mind that the oven can dry the brisket out if there isn’t enough moisture. Using brisket dripping or beef broth can solve this. 2 layers of foil also come in handy to make sure that there are no holes in the foil.
Using the grill (or smoker) to reheat brisket slices
Apart from a grill, you can also use an electric smoker or a charcoal smoker. You only need to follow these general instructions whether using a grill or a smoker:
- When using the grill to reheat your brisket slices by smoking, start by heating the grill to 225 degrees.
- Wrap the brisket in foil and place it in the indirect heat of the grill.
- Once the brisket slices reach 155 degrees, you can unwrap them and place them back on the grill.
- Place the brisket slices in direct heat for 5 more minutes.
- Remove the brisket slices from the heat once it reaches 160 degrees internally and places them on a serving plate to prevent them from overcooking.
Using a slow cooker to reheat brisket slices
This method is rather slow compared to using the oven or the grill. However, it keeps your brisket slices from drying out.
To use a slow cooker to reheat those juicy slices here are the steps you need to follow:
- Start by letting the brisket rest on the counter for about 20 minutes so it can reach room temperature.
- If the leftover brisket slices are too big to fit in the slow cooker, slice them and place them in the slow cooker.
- Before turning the slow cooker on, empty all drippings and juice from your brisket slices.
- If you had no drippings saved with the meat, you can use beef broth to keep the meat juicy.
- Set the slow cooker to low (between 185 and 200 degrees) and let it cook.
- Reheating with this method will take over an hour.
- Once the brisket slices are heated to the proper temperature, you can remove them from the slow cooker and place them in aluminum foil.
- Drizzle the broth and drippings from the slow cooker over the brisket slices.
- Wrap the brisket slices in the foil, and let them sit for 10 more minutes.
Is it safe to reheat brisket slices?
Yes, brisket slices are very safe to be reheated. However, you must refrain from reheating them more than once. This is because the brisket slices can get contaminated by germs and bacteria before the second reheating.
It is best to store your brisket slices in the freezer until the day you need to reheat and eat them. This is why storing your brisket in slices can be rather beneficial. Instead of bringing out the whole brisket, this makes it possible to bring out the servings you plan to use.
Brisket slices are often reheated. Many people prepare their brisket slices well before the meal and reheat them when it’s time to eat.
Brisket slices are easy to reheat while keeping them nice and juicy. As long as you keep the moisture in the original taste and juiciness of the brisket remains.
Remember that microwaves are not a great option for reheating brisket slices. This is because they will often dry the slices out. Using an oven or a grill will offer more juiciness, and using a slow cooker will keep the juiciness at optimal levels.
Remember to take the temperature of the brisket slices while they are cooking. Make sure that the internal temperature of the meat is high so that you do not suffer from food poisoning.
Enjoy reheating those brisket slices and have a lovely meal!