How to Reheat Brisket: The Best Ways to Reheat a Brisket Without Ruining it


The best brisket is the one that is flavorful and juicy.

However, reheating a brisket can make it dry, and take away the very essence of this food. 

But since brisket takes many hours to prepare, it is also unfair to not be able to eat it another time during the next day.

Sliced Smoked Brisket

So, to solve this problem, we are here to help you get familiar with all the foolproof ways of reheating brisket. 

With these methods, your brisket will remain tender and be as fresh as new even the next day!

How Do You Serve Brisket the Next Day?

Many people will assume that serving a brisket that has been prepared a day earlier is not the best idea.

This is true because reheating the brisket the wrong way can leave it dry and looking like jerky since it will drain it of all the fresh brisket’s natural juices.

However, we are here to help you understand how to reheat brisket without drying it out of its juices so that you can enjoy it as tender as it was the day it was prepared!

Yes, it’s not impossible. In fact, it’s even easy to do so.

Reheating Brisket in an Oven

This is one of the easiest and most instant ways to reheat your brisket to keep it tender and juicy.

Brisket in An Oven

Step 1: Make sure that you preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Do not put the brisket directly in a cold oven at high heat. Such exposure to high heat will suck away all the natural juices of the brisket, making it extremely dry.

Step 2: While the oven preheats, take the brisket out of the fridge and place it on top of a baking sheet for at least 20 to 30 minutes.

Letting it rest for this time at room temperature will ensure that when the brisket is reheated, it is reheated evenly and no cold center is observed.

Step 3: To this resting brisket, add some extra juices.

You can use beef broth if you do not have any juices. Although, it’s preferred to save the juices that come from roasting meat in the first place.

Doing so ensures that reheated brisket has enough juices to remain tender and flavorful.

Step 4: Cover the brisket in a double layer of foil. Make sure that the foil has no holes and is tightly wrapped to ensure a good seal.

Step 5: Lastly, place the brisket in the oven!

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Reheating Brisket in a Smoker

This method also results in tender and juicy meat, just like the oven. However, a smoker takes a little longer.

Brisket Smoked in a Smoker

Step 1: Always use a 2-heat zone smoker or grill. These smokers and grills feature two zones for heat exposure.

The heat zone is the section where the heat is highest, this isn’t the best place for your brisket to be at.

The cool zone is where the heat exposure is lower. This is where you place your brisket to reheat it.

Step 2: Defrost the meat completely to make sure that your brisket is at room temperature before it can be reheated.

Step 3: Heat your smoker or grill to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. 

On a gas grill, this will be medium heat.

Step 4: Wrap the brisket in foil. 

Make sure the foil is tightly sealed and place it on the cool zone in the smoker.

Step 5: Keep heating the brisket until its temperature becomes 155 degrees Fahrenheit. 

As soon as it is, remove it from the cool zone and unwrap it.

Step 6: Place this unwrapped brisket on the heat zone for just 5 to 10 minutes.

The purpose is to heat it to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 7: The brisket is then ready to be served!

Reheating Brisket through the Sous Vide Method

The sous vide is actually the name of a tool that has been designed to reheat a brisket.

It allows you to heat the brisket in a water bath, without cooking it any further.

This is definitely a time-consuming method and can even take up to 5 hours or more at times, but it is also the best for your brisket.

Sous Vide Brisket

Step 1: Take the brisket out of the fridge and let it rest for at least 20 to 30 minutes.

This is to ensure that it rests enough to reach room temperature.

Step 2: Place this well-rested brisket in a vacuum-sealed bag.

Step 3: Put this bag in the sous vide bath and fill it with enough water to completely submerge the bag.

Step 4: Set the sous vide to a temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit and let the brisket rest.

Step 5: When the temperature of the brisker also turns 150 degrees Fahrenheit, it has been reheated and is ready to be served!

Reheating Brisket in a Microwave

Reheating a brisket in a microwave should be avoided at all costs.

A microwave will take away all the natural juices of your brisket and make it extremely dry and jerky.

This is because a microwave heats the food by turning water into steam, and hence the end result will be meat that is very rubbery to eat.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Best Way to Reheat Beef Brisket?

The best way to reheat beef brisket depends on your time and the equipment you have available.

The shortest method is the one with an oven.

How Do You Reheat a Brisket Without Drying it Out?

To reheat a brisket without drying it out, add juices to it. 

These can either be from the previous meat roasting session, or simply beef broth.

How Do You Reheat Brisket So it Stays Moist?

To reheat a brisket to keep it moist, you should always reheat it in an oven, grill, smoker or sous vide.

Never use a microwave.

Wrapping it Up

Brisket takes long hours to be fully prepared. Therefore, it’s only fair to save some for the next day.

With the above methods, you can eat your brisket the next day by reheating it perfectly like it’s day one!

Happy eating!

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Born and raised in a family that has a long history of cookout, he has treated this activity as a part of his culture and who he is.