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The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe

The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe

This is the best smoked brisket recipe – great for back yard barbecues and family cook outs! You are going to love this perfectly flavourful and juicy brisket.

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Brisket is a tough cut of meat that is full of connective tissue which is why smoking it low and slow is a great way to achieve the best results. Beef brisket is a classic barbecue staple that is a family favorite for summer!

The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe

How long should you smoke a brisket?

Cook time will depend on the size of your brisket, a general rule of thumb is one hour for every pound of meat when smoking at 250 degrees f.

You know that the brisket is done when the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F. The best way to monitor the temperature is with a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the meat.

The best brisket is cooked low and slow, for an amazing smoke flavor and tender texture. We used a five pound brisket for this cook, it took 7 hours to smoke.

The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe

How to Make Smoked Brisket:

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Supplies:

The Best Smoked Brisket Rub

Ingredients:

*We also love to use our own rub, be sure to check out this homemade brisket rub recipe.

**For this brisket we used our delicious homemade barbecue sauce recipe but you may use your favorite BBQ sauce of choice.

Beef brisket process trim fat

Directions:

1. Trim excess fat from the top of the Brisket to about ¼”, leave the thick layer of fat on the bottom.

2. Pat dry with paper towel.

Beef brisket process rub

3. Cover the front and back of the brisket in a solid layer of rub.

The Best Smoked Brisket Process

4. Wrap the brisket in plastic wrap and place in the fridge on a sheet pan for at least two hours or overnight.

5. Preheat the Traeger to 165 degrees F.

Smoked Brisket Process on the Grill

6. Place the brisket on the bottom grill grate, fat side down.

7. Smoke for two hours.

8. Turn the Traeger up to 250 degrees F. Wrap the whole brisket in aluminum foil, creating a leak proof packet.

Smoked Brisket Process Grill and Thermometer

9. Smoke for an additional four and a half hours. Remove from foil.

Smoked Brisket Process BBQ Sauce Basting

10. During the last half an hour, baste the whole brisket with BBQ sauce twice.

Smoked Brisket Process

11. Remove from the grill to a cutting board, let the brisket rest for 15 minutes and slice thinly.

The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe

Look at that beautiful smoke ring, this is a direct result of the low temperature smoke that we started with.

The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe

This is our favorite way to prepare and smoke a great brisket but you may also want to try these techniques!

Tips for a tender brisket:

  • Wrap the brisket in aluminum foil or butcher paper to help keep the juices and flavour in the meat.
  • We use a homemade bbq sauce made with a combination of brown sugar and ketchup to baste our brisket. You could also baste the meat using apple juice or apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle.
  • Some people use a meat injector with a mixture of melted butter or olive oil and garlic powder. They swear by injecting the meat, similar to what we do with our Garbage Can Turkey.
The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe

What to serve with brisket:

The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe

Tips for smoking brisket:

  • Leave the smoker lid closed! Lifting the lid repeatedly will reduce the amount of smoke in the grill and cause the temperature of the smoker to drop. Work as quickly as possible when preparing and basting the brisket.
  • Don’t trim off too much fat! Fat helps to give the brisket that tender and juicy texture and flavour.
  • When in doubt, cook the meat lower and slower. The longer the smoke, the more delicious the beef (in our opinion).
The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe
The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe

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The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe

The Best Smoked Brisket Recipe

Yield: 5 pounds
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes

This is the best smoked brisket recipe - great for back yard barbecues and family cook outs! You are going to love this perfectly flavourful and juicy brisket.

Ingredients

  • 5 pound beef brisket, fat trimmed
  • ¼ cup Traeger Blackened Saskatchewan dry rub
  • ⅛ cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

1. Trim excess fat from the top of the Brisket to about ¼”, leave the thick layer of fat on the bottom.

2. Pat dry with paper towel.
3. Cover the front and back of the brisket in a solid layer of rub.

4. Wrap the brisket in plastic wrap and place in the fridge on a sheet pan for at least two hours or overnight.

5. Preheat the Traeger to 165 degrees F.

6. Place the brisket on the bottom grill grate, fat side down.

7. Smoke for two hours.

8. Turn the Traeger up to 250 degrees F. Wrap the whole brisket in aluminum foil, creating a leak proof packet.

9. Smoke for an additional four and a half hours. Remove from foil.

10. During the last half an hour, baste the whole brisket with BBQ sauce twice.

11. Remove from the grill to a cutting board, let the brisket rest for 15 minutes and slice thinly.

Notes

We also love to use our own rub, be sure to check out this homemade brisket rub recipe.
For this brisket we used our delicious homemade barbecue sauce recipe but you may use your favorite BBQ sauce of choice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 551Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 200mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 54g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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