BBQ Beef Brisket recipe - Low & Slow method

Low & Slow is the only way to go with this smoked beef brisket recipe.

The brisket is the cut of meat from the lower chest portion of the beef and has a large amount of muscles and connective tissues that help support the animal when it's standing.

As this brisket recipe cooks low and slow the collagen fibers that form these connective tissues eventually break down and convert to gelatin resulting in a very tender, moist piece of beef.

Plan on a 6 to 8 hour cooking time and internal temperature of 190F for best results.

You may encounter a period of time where it seems the temperature gets "stuck" and doesn't keep climbing.  Don't worry, and above all, don't start fiddling with anything, especially the cooking temperature.  This is a normal temperature stall when cooking low and slow and the temperature will start climbing again.

Normally this internal temperature would be considered beyond well done. To prevent the meat from drying out a fat-cap is left attached to the brisket which keeps it moist.

beef brisket recipe

Ask your butcher for a 5 to 6 pound brisket and season it overnight with the All American BBQ Dry Rub recipe.

For any beef brisket recipe you'll need a meat thermometer so you know when it reaches 190F and a disposable aluminum pan large enough to hold the meat.

I recommend smoking this brisket recipe using soaked Hickory chips - either directly on the coals or if you're using a gas grill, a smoker box or these foil smoking pouches.

Mop (brush or spoon) every hour with the beer-vinegar sauce described below and if charcoal grilling you may need to add more charcoal every hour as well, depending on your equipment.

Done properly this recipe will result in the most tender, flavorful and juicy piece of beef you have ever tasted.

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HomeGrilled Beef Recipes › Brisket Recipe

Serves: 8 - 10

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 6 - 8 hours or internal temp 190F

Indirect Heat: 220F - 250F

Note: for best results let marinate overnight in the dry rub.

What you'll need:

  • 5 - 6 lb beef brisket

  • 1/2 cup All American BBQ Dry Rub

    For the Beer-Vinegar Mop recipe:
  • 12 ounces of Beer
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 canola oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon All American BBQ Dry Rub

  • 4 cups hickory chips soaked for at least 2 hours in water
  • disposable aluminum pan large enough to hold the brisket

bbq beef brisket

Step 1:
Rub all sides of the beef brisket with the 1/2 cup All American BBQ Dry Rub recipe.

how to cook beef brisket

Place in a large glass dish, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours if you can't do overnight).

grilling brisket

Step 2:
Bring all the ingredients for the Beer-Vinegar Mop to a gentle boil and then reduce the heat and set aside. Ensure all ingredients are completely dissolved and blended well.

Prepare your charcoal or gas grill for indirect cooking.

Insert a remote thermometer temperature probe into the thickest part of the brisket. If you don't have one of these use a regular oven proof meat thermometer. If you don't have one of these then you'll need to check the internal temperature with an instant read thermometer.

Place the brisket with the fattest side up into the disposable aluminum pan uncovered.

Ignite your grill and bring up to 500F. Either place 1 cup soaked hickory chips on the hot coals or if using gas put the chips in a smoking box or foil pouch.

beef brisket

When the chips are smoking well, place the brisket in the pan on the grill and reduce the heat to 220F - 250F and close the lid.

smoking brisket

Step 3:
Every hour check the charcoal, add more if necessary.

Every hour for the first 4 hours mop the brisket recipe with some of the Beer-Vinegar mixture.

When the internal temperature of the brisket reaches 170F then you need to cover the brisket in the pan with heavy aluminum foil.

Continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 190F.

Step 4:
Remove the brisket from the grill when the internal temperature reaches 190F.

Keep the brisket covered for 1 hour.

Pour the juices from the pan into a saucepan and bring to a boil and reduce the heat.

Slice the brisket in 1/4" slices across the grain and serve with reserved juices from the pan.


brisket smoking

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