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Smoked Brisket Recipe

Smoked Brisket Recipe 😍


  • ¼ cup paprika
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup ground cumin
  • ¼ cup cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • ¼ cup garlic powder
  • ¼ cup onion powder
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup freshly cracked black pepper
  • 10 pounds beef brisket, or more to taste


Step 1: Soak wood chips in a bowl of water, 8 hours to overnight.

Step 2: Rub the brisket: In a bowl, mix paprika, white sugar, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and black pepper. Rub the mixture evenly over the beef brisket.

Step 3: Preheat smoker to between 220°F (104°C) and 230°F (110°C). Drain wood chips and place in the smoker.

Step 4: Smoke the brisket: Place the seasoned brisket in the preheated smoker and smoke until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C), about 12 1/2 hours. Wrap the brisket tightly in butcher paper or heavy-duty aluminum foil and return to the smoker.

Step 5: Continue smoking the brisket until it reaches an internal temperature of 185°F (85°C), about 1 hour more.


  • Wood Chips: Experiment with different types of wood chips to impart different flavors to your brisket. Hickory, oak, and mesquite are popular choices.
  • Temperature Control: Maintain a steady temperature in your smoker for even cooking. Fluctuations can affect the texture and taste of the brisket.
  • Resting Period: Let the brisket rest for at least 30 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to redistribute, resulting in a juicier end product.
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Q: Can I use a different cut of meat for this recipe?
A: While brisket is the traditional choice for smoking, you can experiment with other cuts such as beef chuck or pork shoulder. Keep in mind that cooking times and flavors may vary.

Q: How do I know when the brisket is done?
A: Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. The brisket is ready when it reaches 185°F (85°C) for optimal tenderness.

Q: Can I marinate the brisket overnight?
A: Yes, marinating the brisket overnight can enhance the flavor. Simply place the seasoned brisket in a resealable plastic bag or airtight container and refrigerate overnight before smoking.