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Serving brisket later question

Teach42Teach42 Posts: 218
edited 7:03AM in EggHead Forum
As you may have read, my brisket cooked a little faster than I thought it would, and is going to be a 'mystery' in terms of how it comes out. I pulled it, added some of the drippings back in, and foiled it at 10:20 CST.
This was supposed to be for a holiday party at 4pm, 5 hours from now. Brisket has been resting for 40 minutes so far.

What's the best way to hold it for the party? Let it rest for a couple hours, refrigerate it and then reheat it?

Let it rest for a few hours, put it back in the warming drawer until party time?

Something else entirely?

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I was really hoping to time this better and this is only the second brisket I've ever cooked, so I'm at a bit of a loss.


  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Keep it over 140&deg until party time is what I would do.
  • Teach42Teach42 Posts: 218
    So warming drawer or oven? Game on.
  • have you sliced it?

    if you have then I would put it in one of those aluminum pans with some added liquid beef stock, water something. then cover with foil and put in a warm oven.
    if you have not sliced Fidel has a good suggestion
  • Teach42Teach42 Posts: 218
    Funny that you say that. I just took it out of the cooler, added 1 cup of beef broth, refoiled it, put it into a shallow tray and threw it into a warming drawer.

    Monitoring it now to make sure that the temp stays above 140.

    Thanks for the good suggestion!
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Had you already sliced it?
  • Teach42Teach42 Posts: 218
    Nope, was going to hold off on slicing it as long as possible.

    Should I be slicing it sooner?

    And BTW, REALLY appreciate your advice with this Fidel, huge help.
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    Do not slice brisket until immediately before serving. It will dry out quickly once you slice it.
  • Teach42Teach42 Posts: 218
    T-minus 90 minutes till serving time. It's been foiled and in the warming drawer on the lowest setting. Internal sitting at a cozy 165-170. Was thinking about adding another cup of broth to it since it had been quite a while, but when I opened up the foiled, it definitely seemed moist in there. So I wrapped it back up right away.

    This might actually be salvaged!
  • Teach42Teach42 Posts: 218
    FYI, posted the final results in the other thread.

    In a word though... TASTY!
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