Brisket - Smoke one day and oven the next?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by mrted, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. Do you think this would work?

    -smoke the brisket one day for 4-6 hours and then put it in the fridge overnight.

    -the next morning wrap it in foil or in a pan and bake it for 4-6 hours more, so that it's ready for the afternoon BBQ.

    You see, we're planning an afternoon BBQ and I don't want to have to get up at 4am just to start the meat.  Is it better to put it straight in the oven from the smoker and not let it cool down, or does it really matter?  What about cooking it the day before and then just reheating it?
  2. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Lots of folks smoke and reheat the next day.

    Just make sure to get it to an IT of 140º before you pull and refrigerate.

    Last edited: Jul 9, 2011
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Like Rap said if you get to at least 140 or a little higher you should be ok. 
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  5. X3.

    You can also smoke it all the way through, and reheat it slowly.

    Whatever works for you.
  6. It works fine for most BBQ meats. I've done it when I have big groups coming and have other cooking and set-up tasks to do and can't babysit the smoker. Also do it when the weather for the day of the event is supposed to be craptastic.

    What I do, though is pull them somewhere between 140 and 160° when it's had enough smoke, put them in big, flat plastic fridge containers, and add about 1/2 cup of drippings from the water pan, and 1/2 cup of apple juice and let them cool a bit in the liquid before putting the whole thing in the fridge. Then I foil the next day and reheat, with the liquid from the container.

    Usually I reheat in the smoker, since I usually have corn pudding, or mac and cheese and some sort of dessert working in the house ovens, although the oven works fine too. As a cooking teacher and having been a caterer, I tend to go for a bit of "effect" when the guests are arriving, so there needs to be a little smoke in the air --its part of the show, lol.
  7. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just last week for the 4th I smoked a brisket and two shoulders the day before my party. Took them to 190-195'ish, then wrapped them in heavy foil, let them rest and cool for an hour on the counter top. Left the whole and put them in the fridge overnight. Next day put them in a 200° oven for 4 hrs, then sliced the brisket, put it in a foil pan with hot ajus over it, and back into the oven for 2 more hours. Pulled the pork, put it in a foil pan, dumped hot finishing sauce on it, and it joined the brisket for 2 more hours as well.

    The reason I used the oven for re-heat was I had chicken and beans going in the smoker. This method is a great way to spread the cooking out and make life easier when feeding a crowd.
  8. Why must you get the meat up to 140?

    I want to do this before christmas and might not have enough time to get it up to the temp you mentioned.

    will this make the meat bad?


  9. yotzee

    yotzee Smoking Fanatic

    To kill any possible bacteria.  You also want to cool it properly before placing in the fridge.
  10. jweller

    jweller Fire Starter

    40 to 140 is considered the food safety danger zone. Also 140 is about the temp where people generally believe meat stops taking in smoke. So by getting it to 140, you have maximized your smoke, and minimized your chance of getting sick.
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  11. On average how long would a 8-12lb cut of brisket take to get to that temperature?

    I might only have 4-5 hours to smoke the day before.

    thanks for your advice

  12. superdave

    superdave Smoking Fanatic

    I did a 16 lbs brisket on Friday/Saturday.  I split the point from the flat and cook on 2 racks.  4 - 5 hours is my standard operating procedure.  The next day (Saturday), 4 hours at 250 degrees brought me home to the 195 internal temperature I wanted to pull at and allow to rest.
  13. what tempt do you reheat at and about how long do you put it back in for, until it reaches 185 internal/till tender?
  14. Right back at smoking temp. --about 220 to 225 if i have the time. If not, up as far as 325, but watch your temps carefully with a good thermometer. I let brisket go to about 190 deg.
  15. I smoked the day before for about 4 hours and it reached 145 and took it out. Wrapped in foil and let cool.

    Took it out the next day and put it at 230 in my oven. I wrapped in foil with some drippings.

    It took about 5-1/2 hours to get to 185..

    I had the oven pushed up to 325 at the very end. It was taking too long.

    My thoughts.

    Maybe I shouldn't of wrapped it foil with drippings?

    I had 2 temp probes in it to verify it was warming up.

    The oven did not maintain a constant temp. It seems like an oven loses heat quick and then fires up and gets too hot.

    I have an electric oven. 

    This is learning process every time I do this.

    Interesting but sometimes frustrating.

    Overall it turned out tasting great. Maybe a bit tough but brisket seems to be hard to get to fall apart.

    I'm still having issues cutting against the grain. Maybe that is part of the issue?


  16. superdave

    superdave Smoking Fanatic

    Since this is almost my SOP, the second day is 250 degrees in the oven, foil wrapped and in an aluminumpan.  With a separated point and flat, it takes about 2 1/2 - 3 hours to come up to 195.  I pull the flat about 1/2 hour before the point.

  17. superdave

    superdave Smoking Fanatic

    Micklouie, I think 185 is why you think it was a little tough.  Try going another 10 - 12 degrees.

    Why are you having issues cutting against the grain?
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2013
  18. From what I understand/read is that you pull it at 185 and wrap it in foil to rest and the temp will go up to 190+.

    I guess I should have let it go a little higher.

    I guess it never reached that sitting in foil?

    The issue with the grain is I can't figure what the grain looks like.

    With all the rub on it I cannot determine which way it goes.

    I'm a newbie so forgive me.

  19. superdave

    superdave Smoking Fanatic


    The grain tends to run the long direction of the brisket. Cutting in the short direction will be cutting against the grain. Easier to see if you examine before putting on your rub.

  20. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Best way to do it is cook the brisket to a full 190°+ temp. let it rest a full 2 hrs. wrapped in foil, then pop it in the fridge. Then reheat it slowly at 250° in a foil pan with 2 C of beef broth (or the left over drippings) for about 3 hrs. Slice it then toss the slices with the pan juices and serve.

    I just did that two weeks ago with 4 pork butts and 3 brisketts for my folks' party. Turned out great! I vaccumed packed everything because I actually cooked it a week ahead of the party, if I was just cooking 1 or 2 days ahead I would have just foiled them in the fridge.


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