John Thompson ,
smoked beef brisket

Smoked beef brisket is a fantastic BBQ meal to cook – especially if you have a large dinner party or family to feed. The reason for this is that the Recipe for beef brisket is simple, meaning that you won’t have to spend days trying to source obscure ingredients or invest hours trying to prepare it. 

Not only this, but a juicy smoked beef brisket can feed many people – up to fifteen if you buy a big beef cut – making it the ideal meal for weekend get-togethers. Rather than worrying about various cooking processes and difficult cook time, you can set and forget your brisket, leaving it to slow cook while you spend quality time with your family or friends.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that brisket is a low-quality dish. 

In fact, a smoked beef brisket can be delicious if you choose a good cut of meat, season it properly, and leave it to cook until it’s tender. When paired with any number of sides – such as fries, potatoes, and vegetables – you have yourself a balanced meal for minimal effort. It’s a fun recipe for beginners to try and cook brisket for the first time.

Without further ado, this is how to cook a smoked beef brisket:

Ensure you have the best ingredients

The most important step in any meal preparation is to ensure you have good quality ingredients. Thankfully, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to cook a great beef smoked brisket recipe, so a trip to the grocery store should suffice. At the grocery store, you should be able to pick up any extras you want to try also, such as paprika, garlic powder, kosher salt and BBQ sauce, as well as staple ingredients like brown sugar.  

Pre-prepare the beef

To prepare the beef brisket, place it on a cutting board and start by trimming off any excess fat on the fat side with a carving knife, and remove the silver skin from underneath it. 

Like many beef dishes, you don’t need to worry too much about adding a dizzying array of seasoning ingredients. Place the brisket in a roasting pan and add a generous sprinkle of black pepper and salt – coated with olive oil to seal them in. You can, of course, add garlic powder or kosher salt if you so desire, and mix it in a small bowl before adding to your brisket.

You can also look into creating or even buying in a brisket rub that will have all the seasoning you need for a more restaurant-style quality of smoked brisket recipe.

On the other hand, you could invest in a dry rub that you can purchase from places like Amazon to ensure you create the best brisket for you and your family without venturing out to the grocery store. On Amazon, you can even find ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, hickory, onion powder, and wood chips for however you are smoking your wrapped brisket.

When you have done this, set it aside for an hour at room temperature for resting time. Ensure it is covered, you may want to use butcher paper or aluminum foil to protect it.

Cook the beef

Once you have seasoned the pound brisket, it is time to cook. 

Place brisket in the oven and leave it to slow cook for around eight to nine hours. This total time will ensure it is tender and easy to slice once it is ready to serve. 

If you haven’t got an oven or want to cook it even more slowly, don’t be afraid to use a slow cooker instead. However, do make sure the internal temperature is at the right number before finishing to cook. Always test part of the brisket, usually the thickest part, with a meat thermometer before serving.  

Take the beef out and prepare for serving

This is the easy part. When you are satisfied that your brisket is cooked properly, take it out and carve it in on your cutting board. 

For those feeling adventurous, you can always create a red wine gravy to pour over your meal. To do this, pour the juices from the brisket into a pan and combine them with a healthy dose of your favorite red wine. 

Cook until half of the liquid volume has burned away, and then add butter and, if you have a sweet tooth, honey or brown sugar. 

Keep frying it until the liquid is thick and, well, gravy-like. You can then smother it over the brisket for extra flavor or use it as a sauce for the whole meal. 

Final words On Smoked Beef Brisket

As you can see, preparing a delicious beef brisket is simple, so long as you source good quality ingredients and put aside the time during the day to check on your brisket as it cooks. Soon, you will be enjoying the delicious smoke flavor of a Texas style brisket, with minimal prep time and an easy-to-manage cooking total time. Alternatively, you could try pulled pork instead of a beef brisket recipe, but again, ensure you have a good cut of meat, adhere to the right serving time and always check the internal temperature of the brisket before serving.