What Are Some Different Ways To Eat Brisket? [Ideas for All Meals]

I usually make a brisket for Sunday lunch and serve it with a few sides; a creamy potato bake, corn on the cob, a leafy salad. Of course, it is always a winner, but I wanted to try new ways to enjoy this family favorite. Brisket is a versatile meat and goes good with almost anything!

There are many ways to eat brisket. But It depends on how it is prepared and served. Serve slices of smoked brisket with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce for breakfast. Pastrami, which is made from brisket, is a wonderful sandwich filler. Brisket is also excellent as a pot roast.

what are some different ways to eat brisket

When cooked correctly, brisket is tender and full of flavor.

With a bit of imagination, there are several ways to enjoy it. Let’s take a look at some of the different ways to eat it regardless of the time of day.

Ideas On How To Eat Brisket

Brisket can be slowly roasted, smoked, braised, or barbecued. Since brisket can be a very tough cut of beef, it needs to be simmered and on low heat to become soft and tender. 

Brisket For Breakfast

brisket for breakfast

If you have leftover brisket from your pot roast or barbecue. You can incorporate it into your favorite breakfast. 

Below are a few ideas on how to eat brisket for breakfast: 

  • Scrambled eggs on toast, yawn. Fluffy, scrambled eggs and smoked brisket packed into a tortilla with a dollop of salsa and shredded cheese makes a delicious breakfast taco.
  • For a more filling and hearty breakfast that is healthier than a fry-up, layer slices of brisket on a plate. Top with stir-fried bell peppers and mushrooms, potatoes, and lastly, fried eggs.
  • Slice a biscuit in half, smear with a dollop of sour cream mixed with horseradish and a drizzle of lemon juice, then top with shredded roast brisket. Add some caramelized onions and a fried egg. 
  • The smokiness of brisket pairs brilliantly with starchy pan-roasted potatoes. Toss potatoes, peppers, and onions in olive oil and roast with garlic and herbs in the oven. Cook the vegetables evenly, then mix in the smoked brisket. Serve with an egg.

Brisket As Sandwich Fillers For Lunch

brisket for lunch

So many of us are guilty of skipping lunch. Making a quick sandwich will keep your sugar levels up during the day, and adding brisket will give you the mid-day protein you need.

Here are some ideas for serving brisket for lunch: 

  • Pulled brisket in Kaiser rolls with barbecue sauce. Heat butter, brown sugar, ketchup, and pepper sauce in a pan on the stove until combined. Shred brisket and place in rolls. Drizzle with sauce.
  • Leftover barbecued brisket pairs really well with mayonnaise, cilantro, and pickles nestled in lightly toasted brioche buns.
  • Cheese added to anything tastes better. Brisket is no exception. Make a sandwich with grated Cheddar cheese, a few slices of brisket, and, lastly, grated Monterey Jack cheese. Grill in a heated, cast-iron pan until the cheeses have melted to a gooey consistency.
  • Spread some mustard onto a lightly buttered bagel. Add swiss cheese, pickles, sauerkraut, thin slices of red onion, and finally, the star ingredient, slices of smoked or roasted brisket.

Brisket For Dinner (Or Lunch)

Whether you have been slow-cooking brisket all day, or you have some leftover brisket in the fridge, here are some ideas on how to serve it.

  • Pot roast brisket is probably the most popular (and easiest) way of preparing this cut of meat. It can be cooked in the oven or pressure cooker for several hours. Throw in some veggies towards the end of the cooking time, and you have yourself a wholesome meal. Serve with a side salad and rolls. 
  • If you have smoked brisket or leftover barbecued brisket, chop it up and add to loaded fries for a weekend cheat meal. Top with jalapenos, green onions, and a generous smothering of cheese sauce.
  • For a wholesome midweek dinner that gets lots of veggies in without having to make a ton of sides, whip up a chadol doenjang jjigae. This is a hearty Korean stew made from brisket, tofu, potatoes, zucchini, and green onions. The chili, garlic, red pepper flakes, and red pepper paste in this stew make it the perfect dish for chilly winter nights.
  • Another Asian-inspired brisket dish that is packed with nutrients and flavor is Vietnamese Lemongrass Noodle Soup, Bun Bo Hue. With lime, kaffir leaves, shallots, chili, garlic, fish sauce, this soup, which features tender, slowly cooked brisket, is spicy, sweet, and sour.  
  • Try a new twist on your usual stuffed peppers. Instead of ground beef, stuff pepper with smoked brisket. You could even add some sauteed mushrooms into the mix, sprinkled with shredded cheese, and bake in the oven until the cheese melts, allowing all the flavors to infuse together.
  • Barbecue brisket nachos make a great entrĂ©e or light dinner. Cut brisket up into small pieces. Arrange the brisket on tortilla chips. Top with charred corn, cilantro, and jalapenos. Serve with avocado, barbecue sauce, and sour cream.
  • Take your traditional corn chowder to the next level by simply adding smoked brisket. Prepare the chowder as you usually would. Scoop it into a bowl and top with shredded smoked brisket and a sprinkle of smoky paprika.

Marinade Ideas For Brisket

Whether you will be cooking your brisket in a pressure cooker, roasting it in the oven, grilling it over the coals, or smoking on a pellet grill, you will need a delicious marinade. Here are some ideas.

  • Red wine, soy sauce, onion, celery, garlic
  • Red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, garlic, olive oil, paprika
  • Guinness, garlic, onion, shallots, Dijon mustard
  • White vinegar, apple cider vinegar, cilantro, cumin, lime juice
  • Bourbon, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar

Can Brisket Be Eaten Cold?

A traditional pot roast is everything you want from a warm, comforting meal. But slices of smoked, barbecued, or roasted brisket are delicious cold, making it an excellent on-the-go or picnic snack.

How Long Can Cooked Brisket Stay In The Fridge?

Brisket is one of those meats that taste just as good, if not better, the day after it was cooked. The resting process allows all the flavors to develop and infuse together.

Cooked brisket can be stored in an airtight container for up to four days in the refrigerator. However, if the brisket is stored in gravy, it will last up to two days in the refrigerator. 

Final Word

Brisket is most commonly enjoyed on the barbecue or in a pot roast. However, it is such a versatile piece of meat, and there are many different ways to be eaten. 

So whether you have picked up a chunk of brisket from the butcher or if you have some leftover cooked brisket, look at what ingredients you have on hand before letting your creativity run wild.

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