Brisket is, without a doubt, the hardest meat to properly cook, and it is a relatively larger cut than other meats. You are bound to have plenty of leftovers after smoking or barbecuing a full brisket. There are various ways to reheat it without drying it out, including in a slow cooker. So, how to reheat brisket in a slow cooker the right way? Let’s learn more.
How to Reheat Brisket in a Slow Cooker
Reheating brisket in a slow cooker can be a tricky task as you might end up with a brisket with a pot roast-like texture. The main challenge of using a slow cooker to reheat the brisket is that the pot needs some quantity of liquid to thoroughly heat the food. It loses a certain amount of heat each time you uncover the pot.
Therefore, it can be difficult not to lose that heat because you can’t monitor the internal temperature of the brisket without opening the lid.
Each time the lid is opened, the cooking time can return back to around half-hour. Solution? Using a thermometer that works with a slow cooker. This way, you won’t have to keep on opening the lid to check the temperature of the meat.
Here are the steps to reheat brisket in a slow cooker:
- Start by adding a cup of broth or meat juice in the cooker. If the brisket piece is larger or the cooker is bigger, you will need more amount of liquid. The thumb of the rule is to have around an inch of liquid in the cooker before the meat is added.
- Let the brisket reheat on low heat for around two hours.
- Check the internal temperature of the meat. If the brisket’s temperature is between 130-140°F, then flip the meat and cover the lid.
- Let it reheat until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
- Remove the meat from the pot and let it sit for five to ten minutes.
- Slice and serve!
You can use the leftover liquid as a sauce. Many people use a high heat setting when reheating the meat. This is not an ideal way as it can result in the liquid boiling. It will cause the bottom of the meat to overcook, which will taste bland and mushy if it boils for too long. Make sure you reheat the brisket on low heat.
Ideas for Leftover Brisket
You’d be surprised at the many ways you can use leftover brisket and even create a new dish with it! Here are a few ideas:
Make Beef Stroganoff: Create this classic creamy dish using leftover brisket, and you will have a hearty option for dinner or lunch.
Cook a Cottage Pie: if you are looking for a simple and quick recipe, then cook up a beef version of this dish. All you need to do is to cut up the briskets into chunks to make the pie.
Toss it in the Tacos: Who doesn’t love tacos! Grab the tortillas, add in some cheese, sauce, and chunks of leftover brisket. Top it with avocados and pickled onions, and you are good to go.
Reheat that brisket and enjoy its delicious goodness. Get creative and add it in more recipes to add variety to your dinner options.