What to Do With Brisket Trimmings (This Will Really Suprise You!)

Are you smoking a brisket? You’re bound to have some brisket trimmings!

And while it can be tempting to throw away — if you’re still new on the BBQ scene — you should never ever throw the extra fat out.

Below I will be going through the many different uses of brisket trimmings. You might actually be surprised because there are quite a few non-edible ways you can repurpose it too!

To Trim or Not to Trim Brisket?

Brisket usually comes with a layer of fat and a fat cap.

While fat certainly adds flavor to the meat, it’s important to make sure that your whole beef brisket doesn’t have too much fat, I like to leave 1/4 of fat.

Plus its allows you to tenderize the brisket better. Too much fat content on the exterior of the piece of meat will actually slow the overall cooking time. 

You never want to cut too much fat off because then your brisket wouldn’t have enough fat to keep it moist throughout the entire smoking session.

What Can You Do With the Brisket Trimmings?

Wondering what what to do with the brisket fat check out some of my ideas below.

Save The Brisket Fat For Cooking

As we mentioned before, fat equals flavor. Therefore, saving the extra brisket fat will allow you to have a natural flavoring agent.

Place it in the fridge and you can use it at a later date. One of our favorite things to add it to is our brisket pie, it gives the gravy just that little more depth of flavor

Use It The Brisket Fat As An Alternative for Butter And Oil

Why use store-bought butter or oil to fry up your meals, when you could just melt down some leftover beef fat in a pan? 

The brisket drippings add a scrumptious flavor to any food you cook up. We honestly never reach for the butter or any other cooking oils if we have some extra beef fat sitting in the fridge.

It’s especially great if you’re trying to make homemade hash browns or fries. In fact, if you look up any recipes for French fries, you will see that it calls for beef tallow fat.

This especially applies to those recipes that aim to taste similar to the Mcdonald’s fries.

Make Yorkshire Puddings

Yorkshire pudding is a baked savory pastry that actually requires beef fat in its original recipe. It’s made out of kosher salt, baking flour, eggs, milk and water.

For this recipe, you’ll want to heat up the fats first, and pour that into a baking pan before you pour in the mixed-up batter.

After that, just stick it in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes until the exterior becomes a nice shade of golden brown.

Use It to Make Yummy Gravy

And of course, what is Yorkshire pudding without some delicious gravy on the side?

Making gravy is super simple, all you need is:

  • some form of beef fat — in this case, your leftover trimmings
  • corn starch or all-purpose flour
  • beef or chicken stock — a soup base would work too
  • milk or cream
  • water

Just combine all of the ingredients in a pot on the stove. Then let it simmer for around 20 minutes and you’ve got some delicious gravy for everyone to enjoy!

Homemade Hamburgers

Making homemade hamburgers super simple. And now that you’ve got one of the recipe’s core ingredients (the animal fat), there’s no reason not to make it!

You don’t even need a meat grinder to pulverize the meat. As long as you’ve got a food processor on hand, you should be good to go.

You’ll want to combine the ground meat with the beef tallow. And you’ll need to ensure that the ratio of fat to lean meat is around 1:4.

Once everything is combined, all that remains is to ensure that the meat mixture is properly seasoned. After that, you can place your meat patties on the hot grill to finish cooking.

Use It to Make Candles

Let’s say that you don’t have beeswax. After all, they’re not exactly cheap. And you’ll usually have to go to specialized stores to get your hand on some. 

Compared to that, beef trimmings are ways easier to obtain. Plus, it’s basically a free by-product from your brisket.

So, now that you have your beeswax substitute on hand, simply melt it and set it aside to cool in a heat-resistant glass jar. If you don’t have one of those, an old candle tin container will work just fine.

Then just mix in a couple of drops of your favorite essential oils while it’s still in its liquid state.

And place in the candle wick before the fat begins to harden. And that’s it! 

You’ve now made your own candle with leftover beef trimmings! How cool is that?

Turn It Into Soap

Beef fat is actually one of the most prominent ingredients for homemade soaps.

So, it’s very likely that those DIY soaps you’ve bought at flea markets or small businesses all contained beef tallow.

The fats are what ensure that the bar stays hard when dry. And those fats begin to break down when you wet the bar. It also helps create that nice soapy lather.

What If You Over Trim Your Brisket?

Worried you have over trimmed your brisket? Don’t worry I have a method to cook it so that it comes out moist and juicy still!

So next time you buy a brisket and find yourself with too much trimmings, just save it in the fridge or freezer.

The fat will keep well in the freezer for up to a year, but we’re sure that you’ll find a use for it before it goes bad!

We hope you found our tips useful in getting some ideas for how to best repurpose any leftover brisket fat.

Smoke On!


Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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