How to Reheat Brisket in Slow Cooker?

Brisket is arguably the most iconic meats when it comes to BBQ. It may not be the easiest to cook but it can be a cherished treasure to feast upon when its done just right but how to reheat brisket in slow cooker?

Brisket is a large amount of meat; large quantities of meat do not always become fully devoured when they are served.

While it is no challenge to refrigerate your brisket for later use, it can be a challenge to reheat it just right and avoid any loss in quality from its first serving.

If done improperly, reheated brisket winds up blah, leathery or even unsavory. This article has been written with the express purpose of avoiding these problems and teaching you how to reheat brisket in slow cooker.

Step One: Proper Storage

The first step in reheating brisket is in how you choose to store it for later reheating.

  1. Once the brisket has cooled, drain any lingering juices that may have clung to the meat. A fat separator can be a real boon to this step.
  2. Move the brisket to a food pan and pour its juices into the pan, over the meat.
  3. Vacuum seal the pan with a food saver bag. If your brisket is to big for a pan, consider slicing it up.
  4. Move the sealed brisket to the fridge, where it will keep for up to three days. if you would rather freeze it, be prepared to give it a few days to thaw in the fridge between taking it out of the freezer and placing it in the slow cooker.

Reheating Brisket in a Slow Cooker or Crock Pot

A slow cooker is a lot like in an oven in that both devices ensure that heat is fully and evenly distributed.

One benefit of a slow cooker is that this distribution can be done at low temperatures, allowing liquid flavors to better saturate the meat.

For all of its benefits, the one real snag with reheating in a slow cooker is that it usually is not large enough to accommodate a standard brisket. This spatial limitation means that most brisket reheated within a slow cooker must be sliced.

One upside to reheating sliced brisket over whole brisket is that it takes less time to reheat.

Another perk of a slow cooker is that you have full control over the heat level and cooking time, something far less nebulous when dealing with grills, smokers and microwaves.

Slow cookers also have moisture-sealing lids, ensuring that your meat will not be dry.

Steps to Reheat Brisket in Slow Cooker

  1. Place the brisket within the cooker’s ceramic vessel, slicing it up as needed..
  2. Pour any remaining juice over the top of the meat.
  3. Set the cooker to a temperature somewhere between 185 and 200°F and give it four hours to cook. You are shooting for an internal temperature reading of 165°F.

Slice Timing

Slicing a brisket up is a subject dependent upon the time you have.

  • If your time is limited, then slice the meat before reheating it.
  • If time is lax, then try to keep as much of the brisket intact as you can. While reheating will take longer this way, the brisket will re-saturated with juice. Slice it after reheating finishes.