Can I Reheat a Smoked Brisket? Tips on Which Method Is Best

Smoked brisket is such a fantastic meal not just because it is delicious but also because you know just how much work goes into making it in the first place. It takes hours to prepare and cook this slab of meat that starts out fatty and tough.

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By the time it’s done smoking, it is tender and juicy and genuinely awe-inspiring. So, of course, if you have leftovers, you’re going to want to reheat them properly to retain all that deliciousness.

Can You Reheat a Smoked Brisket?

Can You Reheat Smoked Brisket

First, we must talk about whether it’s even possible to reheat a smoked brisket. Of course, yes, you can reheat this meat.

Think about it, you can reheat pretty much any food that has been frozen or refrigerated. The question isn’t necessarily one of ability but of possibility. What’s possible?

Well, it could all go so wrong. You could dry it out and make it tough and flavorless.

But it could also all go so right.

It is all about using the right appliance in the right way to get your smoked brisket leftovers perfect.

In general, with foods that have been breaded or fried, the best approach is to use the oven or the air fryer. If the food has been baked or grilled, your best bet is to reheat it in the oven or back on the grill.

With a smoked brisket, we are probably going to be best off using the oven to reheat it.

Of course, we should work through all the appliances and approaches to see how it all might turn out.

Should You Reheat a Smoked Brisket?

Should You Reheat Smoked Brisket

Before we work through our appliances, we should discuss safe food-handling practices.

After all, we are dealing with beef, which could get contaminated with toxins.

The common guidelines say that we should heat all leftovers to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Of course, you should always do your own research to cover your bases.

To help you in your research, check out this article on reheating leftovers by Healthline.

How to Reheat a Smoked Brisket in the Oven

Reheating smoked brisket in the oven is not only easy, but it can slowly warm up your beef without drying it out.

  1. Set your brisket out on the counter for about 30 minutes and preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the brisket in an oven-safe dish and pour some beef broth over the top of the brisket.
  3. Cover the brisket with aluminum foil and heat for 20 minutes.
  4. Check your internal temperature, serve, and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Smoked Brisket in the Microwave

The danger of reheating a smoked brisket in the microwave is that you not only dry it out, but you also turn it into rubber. No one wants that.

  1. Set your brisket out on the counter for 30 minutes to bring it up to room temperature.
  2. Slice the brisket into 1-inch-thick slices and place those slices in a microwave-safe dish.
  3. Turn the microwave to 20% power and heat your brisket in 30-second increments, checking the internal temperature each time.
  4. This reheating process could take up to 4 minutes, so be patient.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Smoked Brisket in an Air Fryer

The air fryer is the best appliance for so many things, and it can be a great approach for your brisket as well.

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring your smoked brisket to room temperature by allowing it to sit on the counter for about 30 minutes.
  3. Slice the brisket into 1-inch slices and place those slices into the air fryer basket.
  4. Heat for 2-3 minutes and check the temperature.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Smoked Brisket on a Grill

Okay, if you’ve read the other reheating topics here, you know I always say “you’re not going to fire up your grill just to heat up leftovers.”

But in this case, the smoked brisket can be easily reheated to its delicious origins on the grill, so if you’re up for it, fire it up!

  1. Wrap your brisket in aluminum foil and allow it to sit on the counter for 30 minutes to bring it to room temperature.
  2. Bring the grill to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Place the brisket on the grill over indirect heat and heat it for about 30 minutes.
  4. You will get a nice, juicy, smoky brisket just like the original.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Smoked Brisket in a Toaster Oven

If you’re wondering if reheating smoked brisket in a toaster oven is even possible, it is!

  1. Preheat your toaster oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Allow the brisket to come to room temperature on the countertop for about 30 minutes.
  3. Slice the brisket into 1-inch slices and place the slices on a baking sheet.
  4. Heat the brisket for 20-30 minutes, checking the internal temperature at the 20-minute mark.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

How to Reheat a Smoked Brisket in a Pan on the Stove

A skillet can be an excellent way to reheat a smoked brisket.

  1. Bring your brisket to room temperature by setting it on the countertop for 30 minutes.
  2. Place a cast iron skillet over medium heat on the stove.
  3. Coat the bottom of the pan with coconut or avocado oil, which will come to a high smoke temperature.
  4. Slice it into 1-inch slices and place those slices in the skillet.
  5. Cook for about 1 minute, flip the slices, and then cook for another minute.
  6. Pour some broth over the top and allow the juices to simmer in the pan.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Winner! – The Best Way to Reheat Smoked Brisket Is Using the Stovetop

Okay, I was wrong! The stovetop is just the best! Yes, of course the oven will work, but the stovetop allows you to heat up your brisket and get it nice and juicy, covered in broth.

What do you think? Do you have any tips or tricks for reheating smoked brisket? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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