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Texas Style Smoked Beef Brisket Perfect For Every Occasion

Cooking a delicious Texas style smoked beef brisket is perfect for any occasion! This recipe will show you how to make the best brisket ever!

Smoked Brisket

You’ve never had a more juicy, tender brisket than the one you will make when following our simple process. BBQ is something that has to be experienced and I am here with all of my tips for making sure it turns out perfectly!

The history of BBQ and how it became popular in Texas

Smoked brisket is a type of BBQ that has become popular in Texas. It is made by smoking beef brisket over low heat for several hours. The resulting meat is tender and full of flavor. Texas style smoked brisket is typically served with a BBQ sauce on the side.

The history of smoked brisket is unclear, but it is believed to have originated in the southern United States. smoked brisket became popular in Texas in the early 1900s, and it has been a staple of Texas BBQ ever since.

Smoked brisket can be made with any type of beef, Texas style smoked brisket is typically made with beef that has been grass-fed and humanely raised.

It gives the meat a more intense flavor that many people find pleasurable. Smoked brisket is an essential part of Texas BBQ, and it is sure to continue to be a popular dish for years to come.

What makes a good smoked brisket – the different cuts, marbling, etc

cut smoke brisket

The key to good smoked brisket is choosing the right cut of meat. Brisket is a very hard to cut. It comes from the chest of a cow. There are two different cuts of smoked brisket – the shoulder and the flat.

The shoulder is the fattier of the two cuts, and it is also the most flavorful. The flat is leaner and less fatty, but it is also more expensive.

Texas-style smoked brisket is smoked over low heat for several hours, resulting in a melt-in-your-mouth texture. The key to good smoked brisket is to use a high-quality BBQ sauce and to let the meat rest before slicing into it.

It allows the flavors to meld together and gives the meat time to absorb the smoke flavor. When done right, smoked brisket is an incredibly delicious dish that is sure to please any crowd.

Another important factor in smoked brisket is the type of wood used for smoking. Hickory and mesquite are two popular choices, as they provide a robust smoked flavor.

Finally, the smoked brisket should be cooked low and slow for hours until it is tender and juicy. When done right, smoked brisket is an incredibly delicious and hearty dish.

How to prepare the brisket for smoking – trimming, rubbing with spices, etc

The key to a great smoked brisket is to start with a high-quality piece of meat. After removing the brisket from the packaging, it’s important to trim off any excess fat. This fat will not render during the smoking process, and it can cause the brisket to be excessively greasy.

Next, it’s time to rub the brisket with your favorite spice blend. Be generous with the spices, as they will help to give the meat flavor and aroma. Once the brisket is rubbed, it’s ready to be placed in the smoker. Follow your smoker’s instructions for smoked brisket, and enjoy!

The different types of smokers and what works best for brisket smoking

There are different ways to smoked brisket, and each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Here are five of the most popular methods for smoking brisket, along with some tips on what works best.

What is hot smoking for smoked brisket cooking?

hot smoked birsket

Hot smoking: Hot smoking is done at a temperature between 225 and 250 degrees Fahrenheit. The advantage of hot smoking is that it cooks the meat quickly, so you can enjoy your brisket in a shorter amount of time.

However, the disadvantage is that hot smoked brisket can be dryer than other methods. To avoid this, remove the brisket from the smoker when it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, and wrap it in foil or butcher paper to keep it moist.

What is Cold Smoking?

-Cold smoking: Cold smoking is done at a temperature between 100 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The advantage of cold smoking is that it produces a smoky flavor than other methods.

However, the disadvantage is that it takes longer to cook the meat, so you need to plan if you want to enjoy a cold smoked brisket.

To avoid overcooking, remove the brisket from the smoker when it reaches an internal temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Wrap it in foil or butcher paper and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat.

How to smoke Brisket with wood chips?

Smoking with wood chips: Smoking with wood chips is a popular method for adding flavor to smoked meats. The type of wood you use will affect the flavor of your brisket, so experiment with different types to find one that you like.

Soak the wood chips in water for 30 minutes before adding them to the smoker to prevent them from burning up too quickly.

What are the pros and cons of smoking with charcoal?

Smoking with charcoal (Editors Rating 9.6 out of 10): Smoking with charcoal is another popular method for smoked meats. The advantage of using charcoal is that it’s easy to find and relatively inexpensive.

However, the disadvantage is that it can be difficult to control the temperature when smoking with charcoal. If you’re using this method, make sure to have extra charcoal on hand so you can adjust the heat as needed.

How to smoke brisket with an electric smoker?

-Smoking with electric smokers: Electric smokers are becoming increasingly popular because they’re easy to use and provide consistent results.

However, they can be more expensive than other methods, so keep that in mind if you’re on a budget. When using an electric smoker, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.

How to use Pellet Smokers for smoking brisket?

smoking brisket in Pellet Smoker

Pellet smokers (Editors Rating 9.2 out of 10) are similar to electric smokers in that they’re easy to use and maintain a consistent temperature. However, they’re less expensive than electric smokers and give the meat a deeper smoked flavor. Pellet smokers are also great for large cuts of meat like brisket.

What is a gas smoker and how to cook beef brisket on it?

Gas smokers (Editors Rating 9 out of 10) are convenient because you can use them indoors or outdoors. They’re also relatively inexpensive. However, gas smokers don’t give the meat as much smoked flavor as other types of smokers.

Additionally, it’s important to remove the brisket from the smoker when it’s done cooking to prevent it from drying out.

How to cook beef brisket on gas grills?

Smoker grills (Editors Rating 9.2 out of 10) are great for smoking large cuts of meat like brisket. They have a built-in heat source and a space for wood chips or pellets, so all you need to do is add the wood and light the grill.

However, smoker grills can be expensive. Additionally, it’s important to monitor the temperature carefully to prevent the meat from drying out.

Smoking the brisket – temperature, time, smoke wood choice, etc

To smoke brisket that is perfectly cooked, you need to remove the brisket from the smoker at just the right temperature and time.

  • The type of wood you use for smoking also impacts the flavor of the meat. Here are some tips to help you smoke brisket like a pro. 
  • When smoking brisket, the goal is to cook the meat until it is tender and juicy. It can take several hours, so be patient.
  • The best way to gauge doneness is to internal meat thermometer (Editors Rating 9.4 out of 10).
  • For smoke brisket, you want to remove the meat from the smoker when it comes to inside temperature of 195 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • The type of wood you use for smoking also makes a difference. Different woods will impart different flavors onto the meat. Hickory and mesquite are two of the most popular woods for smoking brisket. Experiment with different woods to find which ones you like best. 
  • Finally, don’t forget to rest the smoked brisket after removing it from the heat. It allows juices to spread all through the meat, resulting in a healthy juicier, more flavorful final product. Slice and serve smoked brisket when it has had a chance to rest for at least 30 minutes.

What Tools do you need to smoke a brisket 

You will find the tools I use when smoking my beef in this post. They’re not all necessary, but after cooking many different types of meat on an open-flame grill or smoker over time including tons of pork shoulders (which are very similar) there’s something that makes everything easier!

Smoker: I have listed some of the best smokers in my affiliate list so you can choose accordingly. But my recommendation is CampChef branded one to hold a 225-degree temperature that will work well.

  • Large Cutting Board: You need a big space to slice your hunk of brisket once it’s ready for the dinner table.
  • Meat Thermometer (Editors Rating 9.2 out of 10): You can use any good quality thermometer to check brisket temperature.
  • Butcher Paper: You need butcher paper for beef wrapped up nice as can be when cooked on a smoker.
  • Chef Knife: The perfect knife for slicing your brisket is right here. This Dahstrong Chef’s Knife will make quick work of it and give you great results in no time at all!
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Steps To Fellow To Smoke a Brisket

You’ve been wondering how to smoke a brisket, but it looks like too much work for what you want? Well, don’t worry because we got your back!

Follow these easy steps and in no time at all (well maybe about 8 hours), YOU will have one beautiful smoked meat that tastes as good or better than any restaurant’s specialty dish. Ready?

Step1: Getting the perfect brisket

take a piece of beef brisket

You’ll need to purchase an entire packer-brand beef brisket with both point and flat muscle included (not just one). The grade matters too; prime meat will have more fat marbling which means better flavor for you!

Buy about 1/2 pound per person that’s coming over if your cooking party has less than 4 guests because otherwise there aren’t enough leftovers after they’re through eating at least three servings each before cleaning up shop and don’t forget those napkins or toothpicks while waiting on everyone else finish their meals first.

Step 2: Brisket trimming

trimming the brisket

Smoked brisket is a delicious and indulgent dish, but it can be tough to get the perfect cut. To trim a brisket, start by removing the brisket from the smoker. Then, use a sharp knife to trim away any excess fat.

Next, remove the tough outer layer of the meat. Finally, slice the meat against the grain into thin strips. With a little practice, you’ll be able to produce perfectly smoked and trimmed briskets that will impress your guests.

Step 3: Seasoning

seasoning the beef brisket

First, you’ll need to do is remove the brisket from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature. This will help the seasoning to penetrate the meat more evenly.

Next, generously coat the brisket with your chosen seasoning blend. Be sure to evenly cover all sides of the meat. Once the brisket is seasoned, you can either cook it immediately or wrap it tightly in plastic and refrigerate it overnight. This additional step will help the flavors to deepen and develop even further.

Whether you’re a purist or want some extra goodness, I recommend cooking with garlic powder. It doesn’t change the flavor and adds another layer of yummy!

Step 4: Start Smoking

Start Smoking smoked beef brisket in smoker

The ideal wood for your smoker is hardwood. Oak, with just enough cherry mixed in to give it that special touch – this will ensure consistent heat and a steady flow of thin blue smoke from start to finish!

Step 5: Wrapping

wrapping brisket

I’ve always been a die-hard fan of foil, but after trying out the Butcher Paper Method for my briskets I have become one with all brasileiro’s.

The smoke flavor and bark are just so much better when using this technique that it makes me want to memorize every step needed in order to achieve such perfection!

When you’re done smoking, keep the brisket to your smoker with folded edges down and continue cooking at 225 degrees F until an internal temperature of 202 Fahrenheit is reached in its thickest part.

Step 6: Keep Smoking The rest of the Brisket

smoked beef brisket

This is a crucial step that many grillers miss! Resting your brisket allows so many of those hot and bubbly juices to settle down a little, bringing the meat below the perfect slicing temperature.

Step 7: Brisket Slicing

slicing smoked beef brisket

Some people like to slice their smoked brisket against the grain for maximum tenderness, but be aware that there are two overlapping muscles and different directions of grains. You can split point-cut pieces individually before serving so they each get cooked individually.

However, it sometimes leaves you with barked top sections! If your meat is really tasty though it won’t matter too much since most restaurants will just throw these aside anyhow – meaning all parts get eaten eventually anyway (even those without perfect slices).

Step 8: Serving

serve smoked beef brisket

I love to share my favorite pieces of meat with guests so they can pick the perfect slice for themselves. The fatty is always a must-have, but I also enjoy some lean cuts from time to time too!

To make things more traditional (and delicious), serve on a platter by wrapping in butcher paper and plenty of pickles; juicy white bread – just enough sauce should be necessary at all times.

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What is the duration of smoking brisket?

You may have heard that smoking meat is a delicate process, but it’s not. It just takes patience and practice to know when your food reaches its desired temperature!

I typically smoke my briskets for 8 hours at around 225 degrees F before they enter the stall phase where there’s no more evaporation from beneath their surface – this helps them stay juicier as well since less heat has been applied externally by our grill during these points.

There are two phases to cooking a brisket. The first phase (once it’s wrapped in butcher paper), can take anywhere from 5-8 hours but I usually plan an extra 2 hours just in case because if my meat is done early then no problem.

I set them into the cooler and allow themselves sometime before eating! But let’s say that happens later than planned. Hooray for a hangry husband!!!!

Important Things You Must Remember for the perfect beef brisket smoke

Here are some tips for smoking the best beef brisket!

  1. Mix your spices in advance so they’re ready when you need them, either by mixing or shaking up old spice shakers before using them as needed;
  2. Make sure not only do all ingredients go into the bowl but also onto the meat itself – taking advantage of its natural juices while seasonings melt into each other seamlessly forming a flavorful crust over the top of raw meats.
  3. One of the most important things to remember when cooking with smoke is that you should always put your brisket up. This means putting a fat side down and if it’s not quite cooked enough, just leave it for another 30 minutes or so until its desired temperature has been reached!

Different Alternatives For Smoked Brisket

If you want to make your food more interesting, then try using one with some smoked flavor!

  • The binder’s job is to make sure that the spices stick so you can get a good rub on your brisket. For, I love using yellow mustard because it not only helps with adhering but also provides an amazing bark when cooked right!’

Wrap! If you’re going to wrap, I recommend using butcher paper. Foil is an option and it’s the original Texas crutch for BBQ joints all over—especially in this state where we use so much smoke meat (and other things) that needs directing through a stall before cooking roadside style with low heat.

Asked about temperature? There are plenty of ways to how long your brisket will take; from 250°F up to 300 ° F. They say no formula exists with a perfect timeline but keep an eye on brisket’s internal temperature. You can use a good quality thermometer for this purpose.

Smoked Beef Brisket Recipe:

texas style smoked brisket

Smoked Beef Brisket Recipe

Smoking chicken breast is an easy, straightforward process. All you need to get juicy meat with a melt-in your-mouth texture every time are some spices and time!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Texas
Keyword: Smoked Beef Brisket
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 hours
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 16 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 18 People
Calories: 156kcal


  • 1 beef brisket
  • 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup of your favorite rub optional
  • 1 cup of your favorite cowboy coffee
  • 3 cups of wood chips


  • Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F.
  • Place the brisket in the smoker and let it cook for 3 hours, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 190 degrees F.
  • While the brisket is cooking, mix the BBQ sauce, rub (if using), and cowboy coffee in a small bowl.
  • Once the brisket has cooked, remove it from the smoker and let it to marinate for ten minutes before making it slicing. Serve with the barbecue sauce mixture on top.


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The best way to serve and enjoy your smoked beef brisket!

smoked brisket is a delicious and easy way to feed a large group of people. The key to smoked brisket is to remove the brisket from the smoker before it is fully cooked.

This will allow the meat to rest and absorb all of the flavors from the smoked wood. Once the smoked brisket has been removed from the smoker, it should be thinly sliced against the grain.

This will ensure that each slice of smoked brisket is tender and full of flavor. Serve smoked brisket with your favorite barbecue sauce and enjoy!

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