Put that leftover brisket to use and refresh it by making Chopped Beef and serving it on sandwiches, tacos, and more!
Brisket doesn’t always have to be enjoyed hot and fresh off the smoker. Refresh your leftover brisket by making this mouth-watering chopped beef recipe everyone will enjoy!
Save yourself time and make those leftovers new again. In fact, your leftovers will look and taste so new no one will even know the meat was leftover.
Need a recipe to make the best-smoked brisket? Check out my post on the Best Pellet Grill Brisket!
Chopped Beef Recipe
If you followed my recipe on how to make pellet grill brisket, I could also guarantee you have leftover brisket seeing as that recipe calls for 15 lbs of juicy meat.
15 pounds of meat can be a mountain of meat for the average size family. So, instead of heating it up little by little and working your way through the leftovers, let’s refresh it and make more meals with it!
With this recipe, we are going to take those leftovers and turn them into something irresistible like chopped beef tacos, a chopped beef sandwich, or even a chopped beef baked potato.
It is hands down one of the best meals and one of my absolute favorites to make before enjoying football games on Sunday or whipping up quickly and enjoying in the parking lot while tailgating before a game.
Ingredients Needed to Make Chopped Beef
Beef: To make this beef recipe, we are going to use 2 lbs of already smoked brisket.
Wet Ingredients: To renew these leftovers, you are going to need ¼ cup of beef broth and ¼ cup of your favorite BBQ sauce.
Seasoning: Load on some added flavor with 2 tsp of your favorite BBQ dry rub seasoning.
Optional: If onions are your flavor, I recommend adding ¼ cup of diced onions to this recipe. Now I say they are optional, but I think the onions are the perfect addition! However, if onions are your favorite, skip them!
How to Make Chopped Beef
Chop the meat. Cube up the brisket into large chunks and place into a foil pan or cast iron skillet along with diced onions.
Add the rest of the ingredients. Pour in the beef broth, bbq sauce, and dry rub, then cover with foil.
Cook. Bake at 350 for 1 hour until beef is tender.
Shred in a food processor. Pour beef along with the juices into a food processor and pulse just a few times until the meat is shredded. If you prefer larger chunks, you can hand chop up the beef to your liking.
Serve and Enjoy! Serve on top of sandwiches, tortillas, baked potatoes, or whatever you like.
Chopped Beef Tips and Tricks
Meat. Don’t have leftover brisket? You can also make this recipe with a leftover smoked chuck roast.
Cut the carbs. Want to enjoy the chopped bbq beef brisket and nothing else? That works too! Serve up your chopped beef with a side of dill pickles or a fresh green salad.
Added Flavor. Looking to season and flavor with something different? Consider using or adding Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, onion powder, red pepper, and garlic powder.
How To Enjoy Chopped Brisket
There are so many ways to enjoy leftover brisket; whether it is breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack time, I’ve got an idea for you.
Yes, you heard me right. You can enjoy brisket for breakfast. Consider enjoying brisket with hashbrowns and eggs in the morning for the perfect start to the day.
Need some lunchtime inspiration? Make a chopped brisket burger with tomatoes, lettuce, melted cheese, and whatever toppings you enjoy.
Whether it’s Taco Tuesday or just dinner time, serve up your leftover beef on flour tortillas or corn tortillas with diced onion, tomatoes, jalapenos, and salsa to make chopped brisket tacos!
Need a game day appetizer? Top your nachos with chopped beef, warm and melty queso, jalapeno peppers, onion, chives, sour cream, and more!
Looking for a classic and easy snack to get you through the day? You can’t go wrong with a juicy brisket stuffed grill cheese sandwich.
The Perfect Side Dish
No matter how you choose to enjoy your chopped beef, you can’t go wrong with an equally delicious side dish to complete the meal.
Pair your brisket with a fresh green salad, oven-roasted potatoes, crispy potatoes, french fries, tomato soup, and more!
Can save leftover leftovers?
Some people say no, but yes, you can save leftovers made new for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
I recommend storing them in an airtight container and enjoying them immediately.
If you aren’t going to eat your leftovers right away, put freeze your leftovers instead.
How to Cut Chopped Beef?
When I do my initial cutting of the leftover brisket to make chopped beef, I like to use a sharp knife.
Later, when I shred the beef, I like using a food processor like this one.
There is really no wrong way to chop meat; I find everyone is a little different, and that’s okay – cut up the meat or shred the meat to the size and consistency you are looking for.
Is Chopped Brisket Fatty?
Truthfully, this really depends on your leftovers and which side of the meat you are using.
Typically, chopped meat ends up having a high-fat content because it is made with leftover pieces or cuts no one wants.
However, this does make it the best for making and filling sandwiches!
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How to Make Chopped Beef using Leftover Brisket
- Cube up the brisket into large chunks and place into a foil pan or cast iron skillet along with diced onions.
- Pour in the beef broth, bbq sauce, and dry rub, then cover with foil
- Bake at 350 for 1 hour until beef is tender.
- Pour beef along with the juices into a food processor and pulse just a few times until the meat is shredded. If you prefer larger chunks, you can hand-chop the beef to your liking.
- Serve on top of sandwiches, tortillas, baked potatoes, or whatever you like.