After smoking a brisket, no matter how lip-smackingly delicious it was, there are almost always leftovers. A brisket yields a lot of meat.
If you are looking for some ideas for how to use your leftover brisket, then check out this list of 9 great ideas to get your mouth watering (again).
1. Leftover Brisket Bolognese (Ragu)
Even though a traditional Bolognese sauce does not normally have smoked meat in it, using leftover brisket adds more depth of flavor and a nice smoky element to the sauce.
You will need to slow cook the sauce for at least 4 to 6 hours for the best results. With each hour the flavors will intensify and build up to eventually become the best Bolognese sauce you’ve ever had.
This sauce is also very versatile. Obviously, it works great with your favorite freshly cooked pasta, but it also pairs perfectly with mashed potatoes and can be even used to make pies.
- 2.2 lbs smoked brisket
- 14 tbsp tomato paste
- 4 carrots (peeled and diced)
- 2 medium brown onions (peeled and diced)
- 4 celery stalks (diced)
- 3 bay leaves
- 3 cups tomato puree (passata)
- 1 ½ cups dry red wine
- salt and pepper to taste
- ⅓ cup room temp milk (4x servings)
- water if need (⅓ of a cup at a time)
- 17 oz pasta (Pappardelle is what I used)
- 4 tbsp shaved Parmesan cheese for garnish
Check out the leftover brisket Bolognese recipe here.
2. Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwich (You won’t need an afternoon snack if you have this for lunch)
Think of all the very best comfort food items. Creamy, melted cheese perhaps? How about warm crispy bread, lightly toasted? And don’t forget juicy, flavor packed beef, smoked to perfection. Can you imagine all of these things combined into one?
Welcome to the brisket grilled cheese sandwich.
After all the work you put into smoking that delicious brisket, it’s nice to make something really easy the next day.
You only need two or three slices of brisket to make this special sandwich, and you can have this warm, filling meal ready in around 15 minutes.
- 8 slices Italian bread or Texas toast
- 1 cup heaping shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 cup heaping shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 2-3 slices leftover brisket, shredded
You can find the recipe for the brisket grilled cheese sandwich here.
3. Breakfast Brisket Hash
Not only is this hash a delicious way to use your leftover brisket, it is also loaded with protein. If you feel like a lazy morning, this meal will likely cover you for both breakfast and lunch.
This meal hails from Ireland originally, and there surely is nothing more comforting on a fresh morning than the smells of brisket, peppers, onion and garlic sizzling away in the pan.
The ingredients in this dish are readily available, and if you can cook yourself a great brisket then whipping up this breakfast hash will be a breeze.
- 2 cups beef brisket, cooked and shredded
- 2 cups hashbrown potatoes, cooked
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
- 3 tbsp canola oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
Grab the recipe here, and call all your friends around for a delicious, lazy Sunday breakfast.
4. Four Ingredient Breakfast Quesadillas (you can have these ready in 20 mins!)
If last nights barbecue left your cupboards a bit bare, there is nothing to fear. These breakfast quesadillas only require 4 ingredients, and even they are negotiable.
For instance, if you have some other meat left over that you want to use up, it will taste great as well.
Similarly, it doesn’t matter exactly what sauce you have floating around, as long as you have enough to generously coat that meat, then all is good.
Aside from that, all you need is some cheese and tortillas, and you’re good to go.
- 12 burrito-sized tortillas
- 1-2 lbs brisket
- 1-2 cups BBQ sauce
- 16 oz shredded Colby Jack cheese
- Cooking Spray
Check out the recipe here and play with it according to what’s in your cupboards.
5. Smoked Brisket Shepherd’s Pie with Jalapeno Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
Just by reading its name you can tell this is a proper recipe in its own right. If you find yourself needing to entertain back to back, then have this one at the ready.
With the addition of carrots, broccoli, peas etc there is a fair serving of veggies in this dish. Now I am not going so far as to say it falls into the “health food” category, but “hearty” would be a fair description.
The jalapeno cheddar mash is a great twist on a classic mashed taters as well.
- 2 pounds Chopped Smoked Brisket
- 3 Carrots, sliced or chopped evenly
- 1 head Broccoli, cut into bite sized florets
- 2 cups frozen Mixed Vegetables, corn, peas, etc
- 1 Red or Sweet Onion, minced
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 ½ cup Beef Broth
- 3-4 Tbsp Flour
- 2 pounds baby red potatoes, quartered
- 1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1 jalapeno finely minced, seeds removed for less heat
- 4 Tbsp Butter, cut into cubes
- ½ cup Sour Cream
- ¼ cup Whipping Cream or Half and Half
- 3 cloves Garlic, minced
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Planning of a big weekend of entertaining? Then head down and grab your brisket, and while it is smoking, check out the smoked brisket shepherd’s pie recipe here.
6. Beef Brisket Street Tacos
Tacos are the perfect size meal if you want something that fills you up yet is not going to leave you with (more) leftovers. Make just as much as you want and eat it when you feel peckish.
This recipe calls for pickled onions. Of course you can grab them right off the store shelf, but for those who love a bit of DIY, the recipe for pickling the onions is included in the recipe for the tacos.
Aside from frying up the brisket and whipping up the avocado cream sauce (which sounds amazing) there is nothing much else to do than heat up the tortillas, then pile those ingredients on.
- olive oil
- 2 cups leftover brisket or pot roast (click on link in post for the brisket recipe)
- ½ cup chopped green chilies
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- ⅛ tsp Cheyenne pepper
- 1 tsp Mexican oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
Get the recipe here.
7. Brisket Stroganoff (ultimate comfort food in 30 minutes)
The mention of beef stroganoff (or brisket stroganoff, in this case) brings to mind the words creamy, meaty, and buttery.
Pile it on pasta, or mash, and you are in for a real treat.
Generally, the ingredients in this dish are those you would typically have on hand, but you might want to check that you have some Chianti, as it is required along with worcestershire sauce to deglaze the pan.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 cups Chianti
- 2 1/2 cups chopped smoked brisket, click here for recipe
- 3/4 cup sour cream (room temperature)
- cooked egg noodles (or your favorite pasta)
- fresh parsley, chopped (for topping)
Have a look at the recipe here.
8. Leftovers Cottage Pie
Not only will this classic cottage pie recipe work beautifully with brisket, but also with leftover lamb, chicken or even that ground beef you need to defrost and use before it expires.
Really, though, we are mainly interested in making it with leftover brisket, as the flavor packed into the brisket, along with the easily shreddable texture of the meat after smoking it makes it a pleasure to cook with.
- 3 cups cooked leftover beef brisket or roast, shredded and chopped
- 3 cups mashed potatoes (leftover or store-bought)
- 1 cup frozen vegetables
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
If you are looking for a quick, filling and tasty midweek meal that everyone will enjoy, check out the recipe here and pull out the leftover brisket ready to go.
9. Smoked Beef Brisket Chilli (expertly paired with the perfect wine – if your out of beer)
This is more than just a tasty chilli, it is an award winning chilli! So brace yourself for something special when you serve this one up.
This recipe plays to the smoky flavors you can expect from a brisket, with the addition of bacon and chipotle sauce giving this chili a truly distinctive flavor profile.
There is quite a bit of spice in this recipe. If you aren’t a fan of too much heat, perhaps hold back a little at first, and add more spices as you go. After you have cooked this one a couple of times you will find the sweet spot.
You can find the recipe here. If you are feeling extra fancy, scroll down past the chili recipe to discover the perfect wine to accompany it.
10. Sweet and Spicy Brisket Baked Beans
Reimagine baked beans with the addition of spices, sauces and of course leftover brisket.
Far from an emergency dinner on toast, these baked beans are liable to steal the show next time you have a family dinner.
All you need to do is chop up some extra veggies for heat and flavor, squeeze in some sauces for richness and a little bit of sweet and of course add the brisket to beef them right up.
Let them bubble for around 45 minutes and you have an absolutely mindblowing side dish – or meal. Up to you.
- 3 1/2 cups prepared baked beans or 1 28-ounce can
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1/2 tablespoon stone ground mustard
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 pound smoked brisket chopped
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 bell pepper seeded and chopped
- 2 jalapeno peppers seeded and chopped
- salt and pepper
Find the recipe here.
Wrapping it up
There is so much more you can do with leftover brisket than whack it on a sandwich (although that is delicious too).
Follow these recipes to the letter, or simply use them as some inspiration the next time you find yourself blessed with leftover brisket.
If this post has inspired you to cook a brisket, we’ve got some great guides to help out:
- Beginners guide to smoking your first brisket
- Hot and fast brisket recipe
- Should you cook fat side up or down
- Guide to wrapping brisket
- Best knives for slicing brisket
Buying good brisket from your local butcher is always a good idea, but not everyone has access to a good butcher.
We recommend the American Wagyu from online butcher Snake River Farms.
We hope you found this article helpful. Do you have any other great leftover brisket ideas? Let us know in the comment section below. And if you like our list, be sure to share it!