Smoked Brisket Recipe: A Mouthwatering Journey of Smoky Perfection

Mar 25, 2024 | Main Courses




30 minutes
6-8 hours

As a food critic and avid lover of barbecue, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of sinking your teeth into a perfectly cooked smoked brisket. The rich smoky flavors mingling with the juicy tenderness of the meat is a transcendent experience that elevates any gathering into a memorable occasion. This particular recipe for smoked brisket holds a special place in my heart as it reminds me of a magical summer evening spent at a family reunion, surrounded by laughter and love, with the intoxicating aroma of smoked meat wafting through the air.

Ingredients for smoked brisket


– 1 whole beef brisket, approximately 10-12 pounds
– 1/4 cup salt
– 1/4 cup black pepper
– 1/4 cup garlic powder
– 2 tablespoons paprika
– Wood chips or chunks for smoking (hickory or oak work well)

Smoked brisket cooking process


1. **Prepare the brisket** by trimming excess fat, leaving a thin layer for flavor. Pat the brisket dry with paper towels.

2. In a bowl, combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika to make the **dry rub**. Generously coat the brisket on all sides with the rub, massaging it into the meat to ensure even coverage.

3. Fire up your smoker to a temperature of around 225-250°F (107-121°C). Add the wood chips or chunks to create a steady stream of smoke.

4. Once the smoker is ready, place the brisket on the grate, fat side up. Close the lid and let the brisket smoke undisturbed for several hours, aiming for an internal temperature of 195-205°F (90-96°C).

5. Throughout the smoking process, periodically check the temperature of the smoker and the brisket. You can spritz the brisket with apple juice or water every hour to keep it moist.

6. When the brisket reaches the desired internal temperature and a dark, flavorful bark has formed on the outside, remove it from the smoker. Let it rest for at least 30 minutes before slicing against the grain and serving.


– Allow the smoked brisket to rest after cooking to let the juices redistribute and ensure a tender final product.
– Feel free to experiment with different wood varieties to impart unique flavors to your brisket, such as cherry or mesquite.
– Serve the smoked brisket with classic barbecue sides like coleslaw, cornbread, and baked beans for a complete feast.

This smoked brisket recipe embodies the time-honored traditions of barbecue, inviting you to slow down, appreciate the process, and indulge in the sublime flavors of tender, smoky meat. Embrace the ritual of smoking a brisket, and let its irresistible aroma draw you into a world of culinary delight that will surely leave your guests craving more.

Smoked brisket ready to be served

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