How to Reheat Brisket in a Slow Cooker

Brisket is a delicious, juicy BBQ dish, but oftentimes the leftovers become dry and unappealing. Knowing how to reheat brisket in a slow cooker can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your leftovers moist and tender, so you can enjoy your brisket for several days after cooking.

To reheat brisket in a slow cooker, place the brisket into the pot whole or slice it up beforehand if it doesn’t fit comfortably. Pour the leftover meat drippings into the pot, or substitute the drippings with a cup of beef stock. Cover and set the slow cooker to between 185- and 200-degrees and allow it to reheat for around four hours.

Reheating Brisket in a Slow Cooker

Once your brisket has been thawed and cooked, leftovers that aren’t reheated properly will dry out. Reheating brisket in a slow cooker is not only convenient but also perfect for ensuring even heat distribution and allowing the meat to retain its moisture. To reheat using a slow cooker or crockpot:

  • Place the brisket in the ceramic pot, slicing it up first if it does not fit comfortably
  • Add moisture by pouring the leftover drippings into the pot or substituting the drippings with a cup of beef broth
  • Cover the slow cooker and set it to low (between 185- and 200-degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Leave for four hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit

Per the USDA, any reheated food should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit before serving. The safest way to ensure your brisket has been reheated thoroughly is to check it with a meat thermometer. 

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Reheating your leftover brisket in a slow cooker doesn’t have to result in dry, chewy meat. Follow the instructions listed above to make sure your leftovers are just as juicy and delicious as when they were first cooked.