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Get ready for the best cookout in the neighborhood with you learn how to smoke beef brisket!
I shared on Monday about the Smoked Chicken Quarters, now it’s time to share how to smoke beef brisket.
This is by far my favorite to smoke. The thing that is so sad these days though, is that beef brisket can be SUPER expensive!
Several years ago, when I first started this website, I would go to Target and could find a beef brisket for 99 cents a pound. I would load up on them for cookouts.
Now, I’m excited to find it for $3-$3.50 a pound. I guess the benefit is they feed a crowd or will last you a long time, but the downside is definitely the cost.
Tips for How to Smoke Beef Brisket?
My husband likes to season the brisket with Head Country Seasoning. After it’s seasoned we do a coat or two of BBQ Sauce, and then we let it sit in the fridge for about 24 hours just to soak in all that flavor.
We also sometimes put it on the smoker directly and sometimes we will just wrap it up in foil first. This is really more preference and smoker based. Each smoker is different so there may be a specific method you need to use for yours.
What wood chips should you use to smoke beef brisket?
We prefer hickory for beef brisket, although there are a variety to choose from like pecan, apple, maple, and mesquite.
How do you make chopped brisket?
Sliced brisket is a beautiful thing; however, in our family we all LOVE chopped brisket. It’s just so delicious, easy to eat and perfect on a sandwich.
My husband and I chopped it by hand for many years until we realized how easy it is to chop in a food processor. I use a basic food processor and chop it up and it comes out just like you would get it at a restaurant.
It’s best to not use too much at a time though, especially if you have a small food processor. I say that from experience, we overloaded ours and it broke. Small batches go a long way!
How long does it take to smoke beef brisket?
It can take a very long time to smoke beef brisket. Typically it takes about 8 hours. We put ours on early in the morning and let it smoke all day long.
The internal temperature needs to reach 200 degrees to be considered well done.
It’s time to smoke some beef brisket along with these other smoked meats!
Smoked Beef Brisket
- 1 Beef Brisket
- 4 TBSP Head Country Seasoning
- BBQ Sauce
- Season the brisket with the seasoning on all sides. It's best to use a sheet pan that has sides to hold it in.
- Add a nice coat of bbq sauce if you prefer.
- Let this rest in the fridge for 24 hours.
- Place on a warmed up smoker, it should be about 250 degrees.
- Smoke for 8 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 200 degrees. If you prefer add more sauce during the cook time as well.
Add more sauce during cook time if you prefer.
If you want to avoid any grease getting into the grates of the smoker, wrap the brisket in foil. This also helps keep the heat contained.
Be sure to follow the instructions of your specific smoker when it comes to setup and adding the wood chips etc.
The cook time will also vary depending on outdoor temperatures too, so be sure to use a meat thermometer to be sure that it's fully cooked internally.