How to Smoke a Brisket like a Boss [Guide & Recipe]

Smoked Brisket
Prep. time:
1200 min
10 dishes

Hey BBQ enthusiasts and foodie friends! Today, I’m super excited to walk you through the art of smoking a brisket. So, if you want to learn how to some a brisket – You’re in the very right place!

 Brisket, the king of BBQ meats, is revered in the world of barbecuing, particularly in Texas-style BBQ. Its origins can be traced back to the indigenous peoples of North America, and it’s been perfected over centuries, especially in the Southern United States. Smoking a brisket is about patience and love, resulting in meat so tender and flavorful, it practically melts in your mouth.

This Amazing Smoked Brisket Recipe:

  • Serves: 10-12 people
  • Preparation Time: 1 hour
  • Cooking Time: 10-12 hours (Yep, it’s a labor of love)
  • Total Time: 11-13 hours
  • Difficulty: Medium-Hard


  • · 1 whole brisket (about 5-7 kg)
  • · For the rub:
  • · 1/4 cup coarse salt
  • · 1/4 cup black pepper
  • · 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • · 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • · 1 tablespoon paprika
  • · 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

How to smoke a Brisket - Step by Step

  1. Prep the Brisket: Start by trimming the fat cap on the brisket to about 1/4 inch thickness. This allows enough fat to keep it moist while cooking but not so much that it impedes smoke penetration.
  2. Make the Rub: Mix all the rub ingredients together. Generously apply the rub to every inch of the brisket. Let it sit at room temperature while you fire up the smoker.
  3. Fire Up Your Smoker: Aim for a temperature of about 110-120°C. Use oak, hickory, or mesquite wood for a traditional flavor.
  4. Smoke the Brisket: Place the brisket in the smoker, fat side up, and let the magic begin. Resist the urge to open the smoker too often; you want to keep that precious smoke in.
  5. The Stall: After several hours, you'll hit 'the stall' around 70°C. This is normal. You can wrap the brisket in butcher paper to help push through this phase.
  6. Check for Doneness: The perfect brisket is done not at a specific temperature but by feel. When a probe or skewer slides in with little to no resistance at around 90-95°C, it’s ready.
  7. Rest the Brisket: Let it rest for at least 1 hour before slicing against the grain.

Nutritional Advantages:

Brisket is rich in proteins and essential amino acids. It’s also packed with iron, B vitamins, and zinc. Sure, it’s indulgent, but hey, we all deserve a treat now and then!

Recipe Alternatives:

  • For dietary restrictions, you can alter the rub, omitting garlic or onion powder if needed.
  • For a less fatty option, try a leaner cut like the flat part of the brisket.

Extra Tips:

  • Patience is key. Rushing the process can result in tough meat.
  • Keep a water pan in the smoker to maintain humidity.
  • Experiment with different wood types to find your preferred flavor profile.
  • Consider making a homemade BBQ sauce to complement the meat.

Cooking Method Insights:

The low and slow method allows the collagen in the brisket to break down, resulting in tender, flavorful meat. The key is maintaining a consistent temperature in your smoker and allowing the brisket to cook undisturbed.

Smoking a brisket is more than just cooking; it’s an experience, a journey. It’s perfect for a weekend project or a special occasion where you want to impress. So, grab your brisket, fire up that smoker, and get ready for a mouthwatering adventure.

Happy smoking, y’all! 

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