How To Keep Brisket Warm [3 Easy Methods]

You are going to attempt your first brisket and you will cook it for a party. So, you decide you will give enough time so that you can complete the cooking early.

But you want to keep it hot, preserving the same tenderness or juiciness as when you just remove the brisket from the smoker. 

how to keep brisket warm

Now, the question is- how to keep brisket warm for 2-3 hours or more? First off, wrap up your brisket with foil properly and keep the brisket in the oven.

Then, run your kitchen oven to 170 for an hour. After that, turn the oven off. It will help to keep your meat warm for the next 3-4 hours. 

If you want to keep the brisket all day or overnight, you should follow other tricks. To learn about those methods, stay with us till the end. 

How To Keep Brisket Warm [3 Effective Methods]

In this section, we will show you three simple methods to keep your brisket warm for hours or overnight. So, stay in tune with us. 

1. Keep The Brisket In The Oven

You can put the brisket in the oven to keep it warm for hours. Before placing the cooked meat in the oven, make sure you wrap up the brisket with foil. Ensure you cover the entire brisket tightly. Then, turn on your oven to 170 degrees for 1 hour.

Afterward, turn off your oven. Don’t open the oven door once you turn it off. Otherwise, you will lose the heat. In this way, you can keep the brisket warm for 4 hours.  

The upside of keeping the brisket in the oven is- you will get the same doneness and moisture level as when you came it off your smoker. But the downside is- it may make the brisket a bit dry. 

2. Try a Faux Cambro

If you run into this, try out a faux cambro. Get an ordinary cooler or ice chest and fill it 1/2 way with hot water. Then, leave it for 30 minutes to let it sit. Next, drain the water and let the cooler dry out. It will stay warm for a while. 

Make sure you close the lid of the cambro. The more you keep the lid closed, the less you will lose heat. Now, we recommend you lay down a folded towel on the bottom of the cooler. Next, remove the brisket from your grill or smoker and wrap it with foil. 

Finally, wrap up the foiled meat with a towel and put it in the cooler. Now, throw another blanket or cover on top of the faux cambro. Following this method, you can keep the brisket warm for an extended time (over 5-6 hours). 

3. Use A Hot Box

In a professional setting like a barbecue restaurant, they use professional equipment to hold their brisket after cooking. If you ever go to Franklin Barbecue in Texas, you can find Aaron Franklin near the cutting station.

Behind him, you can see a silver box called a holding box or hot box. It will help you to keep the brisket for several hours- like 10-17 hours. 

In short, get a hot box or holding box. Then, remove the brisket from your smoker and let it cool down to room temperature. Finally, store the brisket in the hot box to keep it warm overnight or for a few hours. 

How To Reheat A Brisket

Here is how you can reheat your brisket in your kitchen oven.

  • First off, go to your oven and preheat it by setting it to 225 or 250 depending on how accurate your oven is. 
  • Now, wrap off your brisket by removing the foil. In contrast, you can grab a knife to cut the paper if you get the brisket from Franklin Barbecue. 
  • Grab your sheet tray and keep the brisket on it. You can put two-three pieces of butter on the brisket. 
  • Finally- pop the brisket in the oven and reheat at 225 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. 
  • After that, remove the brisket from the oven, and you are ready to eat the juicy and delicious meat.

How To Keep Brisket Moist After Slicing

Unfortunately, it’s a common issue that your brisket will dry out once you slice it. In other words, it will be a bit tricky to keep the brisket moist after slicing. However, you can maintain the following tips to keep the juicy brisket tender and moist though you slice it. 

how to keep brisket moist after slicing
  • Cut the brisket just before you are going to eat. 
  • Never slice the brisket when it’s too hot. Wait for a couple of minutes until the temperature drops to 140-150. Otherwise, the brisket will dry out quickly.
  • You can rehydrate the dry-out sliced briskets. Just put a few slices of brisket in a Ziploc bag and keep it in a saucepan of boiling water. After half an hour, remove it from the bag, and you will get the juicy sliced brisket.


How long can I keep brisket warm in the oven?

If you can keep your oven insulated properly, you can keep your brisket warm for 8-10 hours in the oven. So, make sure there is no way for the steam to escape as it’s important to insulate your oven to keep your brisket warm. Also, ensure you wrap up the brisket with foil tightly. 

How to keep brisket warm overnight?

You can keep the brisket warm overnight or all day long by holding the brisket in a hot box. Except for this, you can’t keep your brisket warm for an extended time. 

What temp to keep brisket warm in the oven?

You should set the oven temperature between 150-170 degrees to keep the brisket warm in the oven. 


We hope you learned how to keep brisket warm for hours. Just follow the instructions or methods we mentioned above and you can keep the brisket moist.

Most DIY enthusiasts use a cooler like Faux Cambro to hold the brisket. Just wrap up your meat with foil with a dampened towel. Before placing the brisket in the cooler, make sure you put a towel on the bottom of the cooler. Then, store the brisket in the cooler.

You can also use your kitchen oven to keep the brisket moist for 8-10 hours. Now, the question for you- which method are you going to follow to keep your brisket warm? Let us know by leaving a comment below. 

Note: You can also read how to use your Landmann smoker perfectly.

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