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Leftover Smoked Brisket Recipes – 13 Satisfying Options

Leftover Smoked Brisket Recipes – 13 Satisfying Options

Whenever I make smoke brisket, there’s bound to be leftovers.

I can’t help it—I always make more than what my family and I can eat! 

Not that anyone’s complaining; smoked brisket has always been a specialty of mine.

And leftover smoked brisket is just as delicious as that of fresh off the smoker. 

If you find yourself with lots of brisket leftovers, I’ve got you covered.

In this article, I’ve shared some of the most delicious and easy-to-make leftover smoked brisket recipes you’ll ever eat!  

13 Delicious Leftover Smoked Brisket Recipes to Try 

These leftover smoked brisket recipes will have you purposely making more brisket so you can use them for future meals.

Yep—they’re that tasty!

1. BBQ Brisket Nachos


Not sure what to serve your guests for game night? Toss up a bowl of BBQ Nachos!

It’s colorful, packed with delicious flavors, and ready in under 15 minutes. 

This recipe contains three layers of tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and smoked brisket. 

In a separate bowl, mix your leftover brisket with your favorite BBQ sauce.

Add just enough to add a hint of BBQ flavor—you don’t want it to be overwhelming. 

Spread the mix on top of the shredded cheese and decorate the dish with some chopped onions and bell peppers. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese has completely melted and serve after it has cooled down for 10 minutes. 

Drizzle with additional barbecue sauce if you’d like, then serve with pickled jalapeno and cilantro. Yum!

2. Smoked Brisket Tacos

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Smoked Brisket Tacos are one of the simplest yet lip-smacking recipes on this list. 

Tacos are already delicious by themselves, but using leftover smoked brisket as filling elevates its flavor by a staggering amount. 

Here’s how to make them: 

In a large pan over medium heat, add oil and your leftover brisket.

Stir it around just enough to warm it up. 

Then, heat up your tortillas and load them up with the leftover brisket. 

Add some toppings—pickled/diced white onions, cilantro, jalapeño slices, corn, salsa, etc.—then squeeze on some lime. 

The secret here is to add just enough toppings so as to not drown the flavor of that slow-cooked smoky meat. 

Keep it simple! Trust me, it makes a world of difference. 

3. Smoked Brisket Chili


This recipe enhances the smokey goodness of smoked brisket.

It takes roughly 30 to 40 minutes to make, but trust me, it’s worth it. 

It’s extremely easy, too!

You literally just have to toss in some ingredients in a pot and let them simmer until all the flavors are well combined. 

To make this recipe, you’ll first have to sauté some bacon until crispy and cook onions, bell pepper, and garlic until soft and fragrant. 

Add the leftover cubed brisket into the pan and add in all your dry seasonings (salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika.) 

Pour in some water, beef stock, or beer to deglaze the pan, and add in some chipotle, tomatoes, beans, green chili, and corn. 

Simmer for 30 minutes; the longer it cooks, the more concentrated the flavors.

The longer it cooks, the more concentrated the flavors.

This is also one of my fave recipes for leftover smoked turkey as well!

4. Leftover Breakfast Brisket 

Who said brisket should only be eaten during lunch and dinner? 

You can absolutely eat leftover brisket for breakfast and you’ll love yourself for it! 

This recipe is absolutely jam-packed with protein to power up your morning. 

Alongside the leftover brisket, it contains eggs, potatoes, peppers, onion, and garlic. 

Fry the potatoes in a pan and, once softened, add the rest of the ingredients for three to four minutes. 

Top your eggs with chopped chives and cilantro and serve steaming hot!

5. Beef Empanadas With Leftover Brisket 


Instead of using ground beef, use leftover brisket in your favorite Beef Empanada recipe.

It’ll add a unique smokiness to the fried pastry! 

Dunk them in your favorite barbeque sauce for that extra oomph in flavor. 

6. Grilled Cheese Brisket Sandwich


Ah, yes: the classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich. 

Everyone loves it, and rightfully so—it’s warm and crispy, with gooey cheesy goodness. 

But imagine adding smoked brisket to the mix.

Or maybe it’s the other way around – after all, cheese is a beloved topping for brisket sandwiches!

It’s no longer “just” delicious—it’s heavenly! 

To make this recipe, butter up some toast, then cover the unbuttered side with a layer of shredded Cheddar cheese, a layer of brisket, and a layer of shredded Monterey Jack cheese. 

Heat a pan and fry the sandwich until golden brown on each side and the cheese is fully melted.

And violà; you’ve made yourself some delicious brisket grilled cheese!

7. Leftover Brisket Shepherd’s Pie


Whether it’s for lunch, dinner, or special occasions, Leftover Brisket Shepherd’s Pie never disappoints. 

Using brisket in a Shepherd’s Pie might seem a little strange, but if you really think about it, brisket is the perfect addition to this dish. 

After all, brisket works perfectly well with mashed potatoes! 

Leftover Brisket Shepherd’s Pie follows the same recipe as regular Shepherd’s Pie, except with brisket. 

Add your favorite veggies—carrots, peas, corn, broccoli, etc.—to the brisket, and top it up with mashed potatoes and some shredded cheese. 

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the top layer is gold and bubbly. 

Serve warm with glazed carrots, milk bread, or rice!

8. Mac and Cheese with Leftover Brisket


Mac and Cheese with leftover brisket?

Yes, please! It’s cheesy and smokey, with just the right of spice. 

And if you have some leftover mac and cheese in the fridge, it’s a match made in heaven to clear out the fridge.

To maximize the flavor, use three different kinds of cheese (gruyere, white cheddar, and Jack) and diced green chilies. 

9. Brisket Stroganoff


Brisket Stroganoff is another easy recipe to make.

In fact, it takes no more than 20 minutes to cook and prepare—perfect for lazy weekdays and weekends! 

This recipe follows the exact same steps of the classic Beef Stroganoff, except with leftover brisket. 

The brisket adds a unique smokiness and sweetness that you can only find in slow-cooked brisket. 

Pour the sauce over cooked egg noodles and top it up with some chopped parsley.

You can also serve it with rice or some bread. 

Serve warm and enjoy!

10. Brisket Birria Ramen 

Birria Ramen is already loaded with flavor, but brisket adds a whole new layer of deliciousness to the dish. 

The recipe takes up to four hours to make just tenderizing the meat, but since you’re using already-tender leftover brisket, the cooking time is shortened significantly. 

Cook the leftover brisket in beef broth until slightly thick.

Then, crack an egg into a small bowl and carefully slide it into the broth. 

Once the white is completely set with the yolk is still soft, turn off the heat. 

From there, you can add your favorite toppings to the dish; shredded cabbage, sliced radishes, diced onion—you name it. 

Serve hot with a bowl of freshly drained noodles. 

11. Brisket Baked Beans


Baked beans aren’t everyone’s favorite, but brisket baked beans are!

The leftover brisket will turn an otherwise dull and palatable dish into something that everyone would want seconds of. 

Best of all, it takes no time to make.

Just add some canned beans and spices to your leftover brisket and you’ve transformed it into a hearty dinner for you and your family. 

Serve it by itself or with some veggies, cornbread, or rice. 

12. Leftover Brisket Bolognese


You’ve heard of the classic beef bolognese, but let me introduce you to Leftover Brisket Bolognese—which, in my opinion, is much better than the original kind! 

The leftover brisket adds an amazing depth of flavor and a nice smokey element to the dish, making it truly irresistible! 

If you really want to make the most out of the flavors, you’ll need to slow-cook the bolognese sauce for at least four to six hours. 

I know what you’re thinking—who has time for that?

I share your sentiments, truly, but it really makes a world’s difference! 

You can slow-cook the sauce early in the morning and serve it in the afternoon on your weekend.

It’ll be the best Brisket bolognese pasta you’ve ever tasted. 

13. Brisket Soup


Brisket Soup is hearty, filling, and flavorful.

With a medley of fresh spices, this dish will surely steal the show at the dinner table. 

Though it’s called soup, perhaps it’s more accurate to call it a stew.

It’s thick and luscious, with just enough body to leave a mark on a spoon. 

It takes less than 30 minutes to put together, so it’s perfect for weeknights. 

How to Properly Store Leftover Smoked Brisket

Smoked Brisket is one of those few meat dishes that actually get better when served later, especially when stored properly. 

Leftover brisket should be stored in an airtight container or a ZipLock bag.

If it was cooked without gravy, wrap the meat in freezer paper, plastic wrap, or aluminum foil before storing it in the container/plastic bag.  

Refrigerate or freeze the leftovers immediately so they taste fresh and juicy when reheated, preferably no longer than five hours after it’s cooked. 

Store large amounts of leftover brisket in smaller portions so the meat cools or freezes evenly and quickly. 

How Long Does Leftover Smoked Brisket Last? 

If cooked in gravy, leftover brisket can last up to two days in the refrigerator and three months in the freezer. 

Without gravy, it lasts up to four days in the refrigerator and two months in the freezer.


Of the dozens of leftover smoked brisket recipes I’ve tried, only 11 made it to this list.

All the recipes above are super easy to make and use ingredients that you most likely already have in your fridge. Enjoy!

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Leftover Smoked Brisket Recipes – 13 Satisfying Options

Ideas and recipes to cook with leftover smoked brisket


  • BBQ Brisket Nachos
  • Beef Tacos
  • Smoky Chili
  • Egg and Brisket Breakfast
  • Beef Empanadas
  • Grilled Cheese Brisket Sandwich
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Meaty Mac and Cheese
  • Brisket Stroganoff
  • Birria Ramen
  • Brisket Baked Beans
  • Brisket Bolognese
  • Chunky Soup


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