True southern barbecue that is cooked to perfection is second to none. The mouthwatering combination of fresh, tender meat and delicious sauce has created somewhat of a frenzy with millions of people willing to drive long distances to satisfy their craving. Barbecue is typically made in bulk, so leftovers are quite common. Therefore, it’s important to know how to reheat leftover barbecue so you don’t risk ruining the tastiness and quality.
Barbecue is crafted delicately and precisely, so the reheating process should be too. Low and slow is still the rule when it comes to reheating leftover barbecue. There are several different reheating options available depending on how much barbecue you want to reheat and other factors.
Reheating the leftovers in the oven is probably the best route considering re-smoking meats can cause them to become too bitter. Set your oven temperature to around 325 degrees and don’t worry about re-heating as low or as slow as you would when cooking it the first time. Make sure to keep the meat wrapped to avoid drying it out. Thawing the meat (if you have frozen it) in the microwave before you reheat it in the oven may speed up the process if needed. Once the barbecue is fully defrosted, microwave the meat on a setting of 50%. Any crusty parts of the meat will be softened, but make sure you don’t overcook.
If you need to be hastier in re-heating your barbecue, then the microwave will suffice. Start by placing the meat on a microwave safe plate and cover it loosely with plastic wrap or wax paper. You can also heat the meat in a Ziploc or Foodsaver bag, just make sure you open the bag slightly so it can vent. Once the meat is prepped and ready, heat it for 2 minutes at 20-30% power setting. Repeat the process in 1-2 minute increments until the desired warmth and tenderness is achieved.
Boil in Water
If all of your barbecued meat is sealed properly in a foodsaver bag, then you can reheat it using boiling water. You will want to bring a large pot to boil first, and then place the sealed bag in the water. Make sure you turn off the heat once the bag is in the water and let it sit until it is warmed to your liking. In order to ensure the meat is being warmed properly, you should stir pulled or chopped meat and continuously rearrange sliced meats while re-heating. If the meat seems a little dry, add a little barbecue sauce, apple juice, or broth.
Properly reheating your barbecued should be just about as good as it was the day you first cooked it. But remember not to rush it. If you want to use every last bit of your scrumptious barbecue, but can’t quite get the taste you want with the barbecue alone then get creative and consider the various options. Smoked meats are a great addition to any chili, soup or stew. You can also use smoked meat leftovers in almost any dish that uses meat. Mexican dishes are particularly good made with smoked meats.