Franklin BBQ - how to keep warm for dinner?
Friends and I have decided to pre-order from Franklin and skip the line (if ordering 5 lbs. or more of meat, you can pre-order but need to do so 2 weeks ahead). Skipping the line means picking up the order at 10:15, but we want to eat at 5-ish. I'm the designated picker upper - and I don't want to ruin anything! Putting it in the fridge seems like the wrong thing to do because by the time it cools down it's time to heat it up again. The oven will surely dry it out, even at a low temp. My best idea so far is to wrap in a towel and put it in a cooler to keep warm, then just before serving pop it in the oven for 5 minutes to re-melt the fat.
Anyone have experience with this? I'd love some advice.
I think keeping it warm in a cooler is a good idea, maybe you can heat the inside of the cooler with hot water or a heating pad or something so it retains the heat better.
Personally if I didn't have a cooler large enough, I'd leave it on the counter. Now that's just my opinion, there are others who will say that's not being "food safe". I'm not going there with others, all I'm saying it it's up to you...I've done it & been fine, others wouldn't consider it.
As for re-heating you can wrap it in foil & reheat at a very low temp (200 or so) I've also read that steaming the meat gently will help it stay moist. I haven't tried it but I plan to the next time I have leftover BBQ (ha ha leftover BBQ, that's a good one)
Or you could always just eat it at room temp, Franklin's is good at any temperature :)
I'd recommend getting the brisket unsliced and cut it yourself just before serving. Don't take it out of the butcher paper.
Put a towel in the bottom of a cooler, then the wrapped packages of meat, followed by another towel. When you need to reheat, put the still-wrapped packages into a 200 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes. Slice and serve.
Also, ask the cutter (Aaron himself, if you're lucky) what they would recommend.
I've kept home-cooked brisket warm by wrapping in foil and placing in a cooler. I've heard about using the towels as stated above, but have never needed them. Kept the brisket piping hot for 5 hours this way. Not to toot my own horn, but I was told that my brisket was better than Franklins - so at least we know this process won't degrade the flavor!
Agree with above - keep brisket whole.
Also - under NO circumstances should you apply additional heat (oven, microwave etc). If you do, you might as well buy a pre-cooked brisket at HEB...