Smoked Brisket Recipe

Smoked brisket is a classic dish that requires time and patience, but the end result is well worth the effort. Here's a step-by-step recipe to create a delicious smoked brisket:


For the Brisket:
- 1 whole beef brisket (10-12 pounds)
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons black pepper
- 4 tablespoons Ground Pounder Garlic Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)

For the Smoking:
- Charcoal and/or wood chunks (such as oak, hickory, or mesquite)
- Aluminum drip pan
- Water/apple juice mixture for spritzing



1. Trim the Brisket: Trim excess fat from the brisket, leaving about 1/4 inch of fat on one side. This will help the meat stay moist during the smoking process.

2. Season the Brisket: In a bowl, combine kosher salt, black pepper, Ground Pounder, and cayenne pepper to create the rub. Coat the brisket generously with the rub on all sides. Place the seasoned brisket in a large resealable plastic bag or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat.


1. Prepare the Smoker: Prepare your smoker by bringing it to a temperature of around 225°F (107°C). Use a combination of charcoal and wood chunks for smoke flavor. For a 10-12 pound brisket, you'll need to smoke it for about 10-12 hours, so be sure to have enough fuel.

2. Water Pan: Place an aluminum drip pan filled with water or a water/apple juice mixture under the grates to help maintain moisture and catch drippings.

3. Smoke the Brisket: Place the seasoned brisket on the smoker grates, fat side up. Close the lid and maintain a consistent temperature of 225°F (107°C). Every 1-2 hours, spritz the brisket with the water/apple juice mixture to keep it moist and enhance the bark formation.

4. Monitor and Rotate: Throughout the smoking process, monitor the internal temperature of the brisket using a meat thermometer. When the brisket's internal temperature reaches around 165°F (74°C), consider wrapping it in butcher paper or aluminum foil to prevent drying out. Continue smoking until the internal temperature reaches 200-205°F (93-96°C).

5. Resting: Once the brisket reaches the desired internal temperature, carefully remove it from the smoker and wrap it in a layer of butcher paper or aluminum foil. Place it in a cooler or insulated container and allow it to rest for at least 1-2 hours. This helps the juices redistribute and makes the meat more tender.

6. Slicing and Serving: After resting, unwrap the brisket and slice it against the grain for maximum tenderness. Serve with your favorite barbecue sauce, pickles, onions, and bread.

Remember, smoking brisket is an art that requires practice, so don't be discouraged if your first attempt isn't perfect. With time and experience, you'll master the technique and create amazing smoked brisket every time.

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