Nobody wants to arrive at their holiday destination, only to realize that the brisket that you worked so hard on cooking has gotten cold on the drive over. This can leave you feeling at a loss as to what you should do, as microwaving it or putting it back into the oven is one of the worst choices you could make.

If you are planning to make a small trip and you want to take some brisket with you, there are a few different ways that you can keep the brisket warm so that it will be ready to serve by the time you arrive.

The main thing that you will want to focus on is insulating the brisket. When there is no way for the steam to escape with all the heat and moisture, brisket can actually retain its heat for a good eight to ten hours, depending on the surroundings and how well it has been packaged. This means that, no matter how well you pack the brisket, it isn’t going to be able to last more than 10 hours in any type of storage.

With this in mind, you can begin preparing the materials you will need to keep your brisket nice, warm, and ready to serve. You are going to need a cooler, some towels, water, towels (blankets can work well), and several layers of heavy foil.

You are also going to want to make sure that the cooler you are putting the meat in can handle hot temperatures. Some coolers are designed only with cold temperatures in mind, and can crack and split when faced with very high temperatures.

Keeping Your Brisket Warm

Now that you have all of the supplies that you need to keep your brisket warm, you can begin preparing everything. First things first, you are going to want to find a container so that you can boil some water. While the water is boiling, you should wrap up your brisket in either plastic wrap or tin foil. You should always use at least a few layers of heavy foil, especially if you are trying to keep it warm for longer periods of time.

From here, you will want to wrap the tin foil-covered brisket in either towels or blankets. This will help a lot with insulating the heat and making sure that it won’t leave the brisket at all whatsoever. By now, the water should have boiled. You will want to pour the hot water into the cooler to make sure that it is properly warmed. Now, you can place the brisket into the water, inside the cooler.

If you want to get particularly specific about just how hot your brisket is, you can always consider getting a remote thermometer. You should always make sure that it doesn’t dip below 140 degrees. If you want to make sure that there is next to no chance of this happening, you can fill up the rest of the air space in the cooler with even more towels and blankets. This should keep your brisket nice and warm for up to 10 hours.

Before you know it, you will have brisket that is ready to be served, no matter how long you need to wait. For a few other methods on how to keep meat like brisket, Boston butts or ribs check out how to here.


I have a bachelor's degree in construction engineering. When I’m not constructing or remodeling X-Ray Rooms, Cardiovascular Labs, and Pharmacies...I’m at home with my wife, two daughters and a dog. Outside of family, I love grilling and barbequing on my Big Green Egg and working on projects around the house.

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