You’ve taken the plunge and smoked a whole, delicious, perfectly tender brisket. Bravo! And while few things are better than a brisket sandwich straight from the smoker, don’t fear the leftovers. Here are 13 recipes sure to do your time-earned meaty masterpiece justice, and keep you in brisket heaven a while longer.
1. Brisket Chili
You know what goes really well with brisket? This chili, full of tomatoes, bell peppers, and black and pinto beans. It’s a filling meal that makes for a winning office lunch. Be sure to take along some hot sauce for an extra kick.
2. Street Tacos
Topped with pickled onions and avocado crema, these tacos will take your leftover brisket to the next level. The meat gets dressed up with green chilies and Mexican spices, and when you throw in radishes for crunch and top everything with crumbled cotija cheese – who says leftovers are second rate?
3. Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This is one recipe you’ll want to make sure you have leftovers for – grilled sourdough, melted cheddar cheese, and tender brisket flat, plus barbecue sauce for dipping! Pepper Jack or Gruyere also make for great cheese selections.
4. Shepherd’s Pie with Jalapeño Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
A Scottish staple gets a Tex-Mex update in this shepherd’s pie, but I’m not complaining! Chopped, smoky brisket and perfectly tender veggies, covered in fluffy clouds of cheesy, spicy mashed potatoes? Sign me up!
5. BBQ Brisket Nachos
Leftover brisket and cheesy nachos are a match made in heaven. Just toss the brisket in your favorite barbecue sauce and bake it over tortilla chips with plenty of cheese. The best part? Everyone can choose their own toppings, so even picky eaters will love this recipe. I go for pico de gallo, cilantro, and jalapeños, but you do you!
If you find yourself with extra brisket and no time for a grocery run, check out this easy and satisfying meal. Aside from the brisket, all this recipe needs are noodles, an onion, garlic, tomato paste, sour cream, table wine, and worcestershire sauce – all items I often have on hand. A garlicky, savory pasta dish made from pantry staples is sure to be a weeknight winner.
Smoky chopped brisket covered in melted cheese and wrapped in a warm tortilla – what could be better? Maybe that enchilada smothered in a homemade, zesty tomato sauce and plenty of toppings, like cilantro, sour cream, jalapeños, and red onion. These reheat beautifully (minus the toppings), so they make a tasty second-day lunch.
8. BBQ Brisket Pizza
Brisket on a pizza? This oddball combo is actually a match made in heaven, thanks to sweet and tangy barbecue sauce and a creamy trifecta of parmesan, muenster, and mozzarella cheeses. Switch up pizza night with something a little different, but be prepared to go back to this recipe again and again. It’s that good.
9. Brisket Stuffed Mac and Cheese
This isn’t your run-of-the-mill, frozen foods aisle mac and cheese. No, siree. This recipe uses jumbo shell pasta, stuffed to the brim with smoky-sweet brisket, and baked in the yummiest, lick-your-fingers cheese sauce. Did I mention it’s a snap to make?
10. Smoked Brisket Empanadas
These impressive and tasty appetizers are perfect for a get together on short notice. Crispy puff pastry filled with brisket and peppers and accompanied by a crème fraîche barbecue dipping sauce are sure to be a fan favorite. Gametime munchies, you’ve met your match.
11. Easy Beef Brisket Quesadillas
The key to getting the flavor balance in these savory, smoky, and sweet quesadillas is slathering the brisket in a healthy heaping of barbecue sauce. If you’re feeling brave, up the ante and throw in a few pickled jalapeños for some heat.
12. Breakfast Brisket Hash
A true breakfast of champions, this hash – full of potatoes, peppers, garlic, eggs, and, of course, brisket – will cure any ailments and prepare you to face the day with a full and happy belly. You don’t have to cook it on a Traeger grill, but if you can harness that smoky magic, do. You’ll thank me later.
13. Sweet and Spicy Brisket Baked Beans
Sweet from molasses and spicy from jalapeño and stone ground mustard, these baked beans have more star power than a side dish deserves. Thanks to a hearty helping of chopped brisket, this recipe takes baked beans from overlooked to belle of the ball – er, barbecue.
Bring on the brisket! I hope these recipes will inspire you to make the most of your smoker long after its embers have gone out. Don’t let all that hard work go to waste in lackluster sandwiches. Do your brisket justice, and pull out a few of these mealtime home runs like the Brisket Empanadas or the southwestern Shepherd’s Pie. With these recipes, you’ll be looking forward to leftovers!