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How to Reheat Smoked Brisket

As anyone who’s ever tasted it will attest, smoked brisket is one of the most delicious meats you can eat.

Smoked beef can be tricky to reheat, though – if you do it wrong, you risk turning your once-moist and flavorful meat into a dry and unappetizing disaster.

Here are some ways to reheat your leftover smoked brisket that will reward your taste buds instead of punishing them.

How to Reheat Smoked Brisket

How to Reheat Smoked Brisket in a Conventional Oven

The oven method is one of the best ways to preserve the flavor and tenderness of smoked brisket while ensuring it heats evenly.


  1. Preheat oven at 375°F (190°C).
  2. Place smoked beef onto an oven-safe pan or tray.
  3. Cover the pan tightly with foil, leaving no gaps.
  4. Insert meat thermometer into thickest part of your brisket.
  5. Place on center rack
  6. Bake until internal temperature reaches 165 °F (74°C) – this should take around 10-15 minutes per pound depending on its size.

How to Reheat Smoked Brisket in the Microwave

Using a microwave is not always ideal as it tends to dry out smoked meat by causing steam which evaporates water from within the meat fibers but can certainly work as a quick solution.


  1. Slice briskets thinly
  2. Put 2-3 slices together in one microwave safe dish covered with paper towel
  3. Microwave for around two minutes on high heat setting
  4. Check internal temperature using meat thermometer and continue reheating until it reads at least 165°F.

How to Reheat Smoked Brisket in a Skillet

This method requires less time than an oven or slow cooker so is ideal when cooking for one or two.


  1. Heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Slice beef into roughly even portions
  3. Place beef slices into the heated skillet
  4. Once both sides are browned, pour in 1/4 cup of water
  5. Turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

How to Reheat Smoked Brisket by Searing

Searing can help retain moisture and give brown and crispy texture to the meat while also raising its internal temperature, making it one of the most unlikely but superior methods.


  1. Slice brisket into evenly-sized pieces.
  2. Preheat a pan over medium-high heat. 3:Add some oil in your pan.
  3. Place brisket pieces into the heated pan.
  4. Leave it untouched for about 45 seconds or till a crust forms on each side.
  5. Then flip it over again once until both sides are well-seared.
  6. Serve after testing internal temperature which should be at least 165°F.

How to Reheat Smoked Brisket in an Air Fryer

This method is great as an air fryer reheats faster with less mess and more evenly than other appliances without losing any natural flavors from your smoked beef


  1. Cut briskets into thin slices or small chunks.
  2. Preheat air fryer up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit then place them inside the basket with enough space between pieces so they can cook evenly without sticking together.
  3. Heat for around 3-4 minutes.
  4. Check its internal temperature before serving which should be at least 165°F.

How to Reheat Smoked Brisket Using a Toaster Oven

This method is best if you only have few servings left as toaster ovens don’t have large capacities.


  1. Preheat the toaster oven to 350°F / 180°C.
  2. Crumple a sheet of foil and place onto the rack before placing leftover meat on top
  3. Cover with another sheet of crimpled foil
  4. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, but keep an eye on it once you’ve reached about the half-way mark to avoid over-cooking
  5. Check internal temperature that shouldn’t have gone below 165°F.

How to Reheat Smoked Brisket in a Broiler

This method can produce crisp exterior while keeping your meat juicy and tender, but should only be used with care as it can quickly make the beef dry and overcooked


  1. Preheat oven’s broiler
  2. Spread slices or portions of brisket onto an oiled baking tray.
  3. Place in broiler until the top is crispy or golden brown (about 2 minutes snack time)
  4. Then remove from oven, turn your meat over onto other side, then place back under broiler until crisped up again (roughly two more minutes).
  5. Check its internal temperature before serving above 165°F.

How to Reheat Smoked Brisket in a Slow Cooker

Although this method takes additional time yet you will experience its rich taste all over again.


  1. Slice beef into suitable sized portions then place them into your slow cooker bowl.
  2. Add about half a cup of water or beef stock and mix well.
  3. Cover your slow cooker, set it to Low heat setting.
  4. Leave for around 3-4 hours till you get the desired softness and texture.
  5. Check internal temperature which should be at least 165°F.

Is It Safe To Reheat Smoked Brisket?

The answer is yes – bring leftovers that were properly cooked back up to safe temperatures with these methods. Leftovers left out too long or kept longer than recommended time in the fridge should be discarded to avoid food poisoning.


Reheating leftover smoked brisket doesn’t need to result in dry and tasteless meat. Using these efficient methods, such as broiling or reheating in a slow cooker, can ensure that delicious smoky flavor and tenderness are retained while also bringing it back up to a safe temperature.

By cautiously following these cooking tips and reheating techniques, you can greatly decrease the risk of bacterial infection and enjoy perfect smoky beef brisket all over again. That’s how we reheat our Smoked Brisket Recipe for the ultimate barbecue experience!

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