• Cooking Time: Varies (5-10) hours
  • Servings: 10 min
  • Preparation Time: 1 hour and 30 min


  • 1 (10-lb) first-cut beef brisket; untrimmed (thick layer of fat on one side)
  • Your home-made dry rub (if you have one) or the recipe below; otherwise use salt and black pepper; to taste of course.
  • Generic dry rub:
  • 5 tablespoons Salt
  • 5 tablespoons Black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons Paprika
  • 5 tablespoons Garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoon Dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoon Chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic; crushed
  • 1 large (or 2 small) Bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper sauce
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
  • 3 1/4 cups Beef stock
  • Barbecue Sauce (See Below) otherwise use your favorite commercial BBQ sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups of Ketchup
  • 1/3 cup of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/3 cup of Lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 large clove garlic crushed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup of butter (1/2 stick) or pan drippings* from barbecue


  • DRY RUB:
  • In an airtight container with a lid, combine the salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Shake to mix well.
  • Sprinkle over the entire surface of the meat, concentrating on the fat layer. Rub or press into the fat and meat.
  • Makes 1/2 cup.
  • Combine the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, mustard, water and garlic in a medium saucepan.
  • Place over very low heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 hour.
  • Stir in the butter or drippings and cook 15 minutes longer.
  • Pour into a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate to store, up to 2 weeks. Makes about 3 cups.
  • To obtain pan drippings, place a drip pan under the brisket during cooking or save the juices that collect while the meat rests during slicing.
  • You can also heat some of the fat trimmings to obtain some fat drippings. If you are doing the grill/oven technique to bbq your brisket, the meat drippings collect in the foil and can easily be spooned up and added to the sauce.
  • To prepare Beef Brisket using Slow Technique:
  • Generously coat all sides of the brisket; especially the fatty side with the dry rub or salt and pepper.
  • Cover and let the meat come to room temperature; about 1 hour. Meanwhile, prepare a fire by lighting wood or a combination of wood and charcoal in the firebox of a cooker
  • OR
  • at the end of a barrel smoker opposite the end with the vent or chimney
  • OR
  • Light the coals in a water smoker.
  • OR preheat a gas smoker/grill.
  • When the fire has burned down to glowing embers or the coals are covered with gray ash, place the brisket on the grate but not directly over the coals. OR
  • Place a full pan of water over the coals or hot lava rocks, then add the grate and brisket.
  • The fire should be low, 225 to 250 degrees F.
  • Cover the cooker and smoke the brisket, turning every hour or so, until it is tender and the internal temperature reaches 180 to 190 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer; 8 to 10 hours of cooking.
  • Be sure to keep an eye on the fire by adding wood (or wood embers from a separate fire) or coals to keep it from going out and to keep the temperature inside the cooker between 225 and 300 degrees F.
  • When the brisket is charred and tender (a fork should be able to be easily inserted), remove it from the cooker and allow to rest about 20 minutes covered.
  • Trim off the fat layer (that's been basting the meat) and cut brisket in thin slices across the grain.
  • Serve with warm barbecue sauce, if desired.
  • To prepare Beef Brisket using combination Grill/Oven Technique:
  • The following technique produces smoky, tender brisket and cuts the time almost in half.
  • Generously coat all sides of the brisket, particularly the fatty layer, with the dry rub or salt and pepper.
  • Cover and let the meat come to room temperature, about 1 hour.
  • If using a charcoal grill:
  • Light a fire in a charcoal grill that is big enough to hold the brisket. Allow the coals to burn until covered with gray ash. Place the brisket on the grill, fat side down.
  • Grill the brisket about 45 minutes or until the fat is charred, turning when necessary to stop fat from dripping into the fire.
  • Squirt flare-ups with water to douse the flames.
  • If using a gas grill:
  • grill directly over a medium flame for about 20 minutes or until the fat side was charred, then over indirect heat for another 20 minutes.
  • Remove the brisket from the grill.
  • NOW:
  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Place the brisket on a double thickness of aluminum foil in a shallow roasting pan.
  • Wrap it tightly and bake for 4 to 5 hours or until the meat is very tender. Remove the brisket from the oven and peel back the foil.
  • Increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  • Return the brisket to the oven and roast, uncovered, for 30 minutes to crisp the top layer of fat.
  • Allow the meat to rest for 20 minutes.
  • Trim off the fat layer and cut across the grain into thin slices.
  • Serve with warm barbecue sauce, if desired.


For all of those who love BBQ, this brisket recipe will definitely cure your hunger pains.

Categories: Main Dish 

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