What Do You Do With Brisket Grease? [Can You Use The Drippings?]

When you cook a beef brisket. Whether you are smoking it or roasting it, you will most likely end up with many brisket drippings. These brisket drippings can look delicious. And leave you wondering if you can use them in other recipes. Or if you have to throw the drippings away, and if you can use them, what can you use them in? Let’s find out!

What Do You Do With Brisket Grease?

Brisket drippings can enhance the flavor of many different recipes. You can reheat the drippings and serve them with the sliced brisket. Or you can make a gravy out of the drippings for your next beef roast. Ensure you store the drippings correctly if you do not use them immediately. 

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How do you store your brisket drippings correctly, and how long do the drippings last when they are stored? How do you correctly dispose of the drippings if you have stored them for too long or do not intend to use them?

We’ll cover everything you need to know about brisket droppings, so keep reading! 

Can You Use The Brisket Drippings?

When you are cooking a brisket. Whether you smoke the meat or just roast it. You will notice the brisket dipping a lovely liquid that contains seasoning and fat from the piece of meat. 

Don’t throw the drippings away after cooking the beef, instead, use them in other ways for other foods. 

However, you need to ensure that you store the dripping correctly if you are not going to use them immediately; otherwise, the drippings could get contaminated by bacteria and make you ill. 

Let’s go through what you can do with your brisket drippings and how to store them correctly!

What To Do With Brisket Grease

Now that you know you can reuse the drippings you collect from your brisket. You may be wondering what exactly you can do with them. 

Well, you have many options, as brisket drippings are like liquid gold when it comes to livening up other recipes. So, let’s go through what you can do with your brisket drippings!

Use The Brisket Grease In Other Recipes 

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If you do not want to throw away the grease from your brisket, as you think it’s a waste. Then you can use the brisket drippings in many other recipes to enhance the flavor of various other foods. 

Many foods could use a little sprucing up, and the brisket grease you have is perfect for the job. Remember that the brisket grease is very well-seasoned from the seasoning you place onto your brisket. 

So, when you use your brisket drippings in other recipes. You should use a lighter hand with any other seasoning you add to the food you are preparing; otherwise, you may over-season the food, and it will not be pleasant to eat.

You should taste your food regularly before using any additional seasoning. Also, you need to use the brisket drippings sparingly until you have gauged the impact the brisket drippings will have on the food you are making.

Here are a few ways you can use your brisket grease:

  • Firstly, you can reheat the brisket grease and serve it with the brisket once it has been sliced; this will help keep the brisket juicy and enhance the brisket’s flavor.
  • You can reheat the brisket drippings and serve it with roast beef to increase the flavor of the meat, and it will complement the flavor profile of the meat itself.
  • You can turn the Brisket drippings into a gravy for just about any meal by melting 1 tbsp of butter in a pan and whisking in 1 tbsp of flour. Then cook this mixture until it starts to smell nutty and thickens slightly, then add a shot of dry sherry into the mixture. Slowly mix in 1 cup of the brisket drippings and leave it to simmer on your stove until it’s at the consistency you enjoy from a gravy.
  • You can use your brisket drippings in soups and stews by substituting the broth of beef stock needed in the recipe with your brisket drippings but remember to taste your stew or soup as you add the brisket drippings as you do not want to add too much. You can also add in some dark beer like a stout with the brisket drippings to help liven up the flavor of your stew or soup.

Store The Brisket Drippings For Later Use

If you do not need to use your brisket drippings for a day or two after making it and you do not wish to throw it away, then you can store your Brisket drippings until you are ready to use them.

You should ensure you store them correctly to avoid any possible contaminants from entering the drippings and making you ill when you eat them later. There are two ways you can save your brisket drippings; in the fridge, or you can freeze them.

To store your brisket drippings in your fridge, you need to place the drippings into a container that can seal tightly, preferably an airtight container, to avoid the drippings becoming contaminated. Then place the drippings into the fridge, where you can store them for one week. 

If you do not use your brisket drippings in the one-week time frame, you need to move your drippings into the freezer, or you will not be able to use them. 

To freeze your brisket drippings, you can pour them into an ice cube tray or a muffin tin to freeze them in portions that are easy to use. 

Once your brisket drippings have been frozen, you can store them in your freezer for between 6 and 12 months. 

Dispose Of The Grease Correctly

If you know you are not going to use your brisket drippings and you have stored the drippings for too long, then you can dispose of them. 

However, there is a right and a wrong way to dispose of them. If you do not dispose of the drippings correctly, this can cause more problems for you down the line, as you will need to fix pipes in your kitchen. 

We need to keep in mind that the brisket drippings have grease and fat from the meat in them, and it’s not only excess seasoning that has fallen off the brisket. Therefore, to dispose of the drippings correctly, you need to throw them away and not pour them down your kitchen sink. 

If you pour your brisket drippings down your kitchen sink. It can clog or damage the pipes in your kitchen, which can cost a lot of money to fix. 

So, throw the drippings away by placing them in a glass, plastic, or metal container. Then place the container into a disposable plastic bag, and throw it in your garbage bin.

Final Word

Beef brisket is a delicious addition to any meal. Brisket drippings can also enhance the flavor profile of the meals you make once the brisket has been eaten. 

You can add the drippings to gravies, soups, and stews to add a lovely meaty flavor. 

Just make sure you store your brisket drippings correctly, so the drippings stay fresh for longer. Then, enjoy using your brisket drippings!

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