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How To Reheat Brisket: The Juicy Way!

Tender, juicy smoked briskets are the stuff of legends. You, your family and your friends have had enough of the brisket and then some. Still, left with a few pounds of meat? 

Read on as we will teach you the perfect way to store, refrigerate, and reheat your juicy brisket that comes with a guarantee of no leftovers!

Storing and Refrigerating your Leftover Brisket

To ensure the integrity of your leftover brisket, you first need to know the right method to store it. We, as seasoned pitmasters, have devised a guide of masterful tips for you to store and refrigerate your leftover brisket. Proper storage of leftovers is the essence of achieving a succulent brisket every time you reheat it! 

Tip #1: Vacuum Sealed or a Zip-Lock Bag

The life of a vacuum-sealed brisket in a refrigerator is much longer than a plastic bag or container. A well-sealed brisket allows you to keep the bacteria away by ensuring your storage is airtight. 

In case you don’t have a vacuum sealer, you can then use a zip-lock bag to store your leftover brisket. Although your brisket won’t be airtight but pushing out as much air as possible out of the bag, you can preserve your brisket without too much of a hassle.

Tip #2: Tag It

You should always, and we mean always, label your brisket bags. Storage bags must be labelled with the package contents and the date you store them in the freezer. A brisket lasts a maximum of three months in the freezer before it starts to lose its quality. 

Tip #2.5: Psst! Want to Know a Secret?

Here’s a secret tip for our avid readers straight from the pitmasters! Keep your meat moist by adding a small of juice to the brisket before you put it in the freezer. Things will get messy, so let the liquid soak in before you place the brisket in the Zip-Lock bag.

Tip #3: Be Cool

Brisket should be allowed to rest properly! Hot brisket slices stored in the freezer lose their juices. This process also ensures that your brisket doesn’t dry out when you reheat them. Want to have it all the next time you reheat them? Then, just be cool and wait it out. 

Having learned how to store and refrigerate our brisket efficiently, its time we move onto the more significant battle of reheating it. Our only problem? A reheated brisket tastes nothing like the delicious smoky brisket you were enjoying the day before. Although there are over five ways to reheat a brisket without drying it out, we will share the best one for the love of brisket. 

Reheating Brisket in a Smoker

If you are like us and strive for perfection, then time and money shall not be an issue as there is no better way to reheat your leftover brisket than using a smoker. Your brisket will be smoky, flavorful, and if done right, it won’t dry out. Here’s a list of steps, that we should keep handy while reheating our brisket – 

Step #1: Thaw It

Whether it is beef, fish, mutton, or any other protein, before reheating, you should always allow it to defrost like any other protein. Brisket should be allowed to rest for at least an hour after taking out of the freezer. Once the brisket has thawed then proceed to wrap in tin foil.

Step #2: Smoker Setting 

Your smoker should be at a temperature of 225°F while utilizing the 2-zone setup. A 2-zone setup requires you to have charcoal placed at one side (hot zone) while you cook your brisket on the opposite side (cold zone). Through this process, the meat can slowly come up in temperature without being exposed to direct heat. 

Step #3: Time to Cook

Once the smoker has been preheated at the desired temperature of 225°F, then put your foil-wrapped brisket on the cold zone of the smoker. Continue the process by letting the brisket cook to an internal temperature of 155°F.

Step #4: Unwrap the Delicacy

Now for the final hurdle, before your brisket can be devoured. We need to unwrap the tin-foil and put the brisket in the hot zone for around 5-10 minutes. Keep a stern eye on the meat to make sure it doesn’t burn when it is over direct heat. 

Step #4: Serving

Before serving your brisket check the internal temperature of the brisket with a food thermometer. The ideal temperature would be 155°F, as mentioned previously. Serve your brisket with your favorite side dish of coleslaw, baked beans, dinner rolls, and the list goes on!  

While a smoker is both expensive and time-consuming, it is the most effective way to reheat your brisket without ruining the flavor. Juvenal, a famous Roman poet, rightly said, “Those things please more, which are more expensive” and this saying rings true in the case of using a smoker for your brisket. Smoker provides a smoky, succulent brisket that tastes the same as the first time it was cooked! 

Before We Go

A perfectly stored, refrigerated, and reheated brisket can guarantee that there will no more leftovers. After several tries and dedication, reheating a brisket on the smoker wouldn’t be a chore anymore. 

The leftover barbeque will no longer be a nightmare due to dry textured briskets! Turn your leftover brisket into a three-course meal by adding your favorite side of salad, corn on the cob, or dinner rolls. Become the master of your BBQ universe by following the above tips and steps to reheat a brisket that’s both smoky and delicious every time as the first time!


James is the editor at Best Barbecue Wood, he loves BBQ wood and spends his free time cooking outside on his grill. He's always trying the different types of wood to perfect the perfect ribs.

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