Smoked BBQ Brisket

by Erin

Slow and low, that is the tempo. Especially when it comes to smoking meat for good BBQ.

Smoked BBQ Brisket Platter

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This Wednesday we were supposed to be on a plane to reunite with the best festival of them all – The World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest in Memphis. It was originally my 35th birthday trip but alas like most things it was postponed (See you at the end of September).

In order to ensure that there is sufficient BBQ in my veins despite this, it just so happens to be BBQweek with the Festive Foodies Group! What timing, amiright? To be honest, I would’ve made sure I posted at least one BBQ recipe this week  regardless of an organized event, now I get to post a whole weeks worth.

Smoked BBQ Brisket Dry Rub

Unfortunately there is a bit of a meat shortage around here so the biggest brisket I could find was only 2 pounds. As a result, it didn’t take as long to smoke this brisket and thus didn’t get that distinct pink smoke ring but thankfully it still tasted good! It definitely helps if you use your best brisket rub.

But I cannot take the credit, and this was actually the works of my husband, as I have not yet had the chance to tinker with the smoker. Honestly, it gives him so much joy I just assume let him master it. While he prepared the main course, I set out to make the sides and dessert, which will be shared later this week.

Smoked BBQ Brisket Sliced

Don’t have a smokersmoker? You can get a similar effect on a grill by placing the meat on a pan covered with foil, basting frequently to prevent it from drying out, and cooking it at 225-275 for 4-5 hours (depending on the size). Before we had a smoker we also used a product called Smokin-O’s.

Monday #BBQWeek Recipes

Smoked BBQ Brisket

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Smoked BBQ Brisket Platter


Yield: 4 servings
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 2 lb. beef brisket
  • 1/2 cup BBQ dry rub
  • Hickory wood chips
  • 1/2 water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • BBQ sauce, for serving


  1. Rub seasoning onto all sides of the brisket*. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Two hours prior to cooking, take out let it come to room temperature.
  3. Preheat smoker to 225F with chips for 30-40 min. Fill water pan with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, add brisket, and smoke for 4 hours* or until 195F (per smoker manufacturers instructions for continuous smoke).
  4. Remove, wrap in foil, and let rest until it reaches 165F. Slice against grain about 1/4 inch cuts and serve immediately.


*Quarter cup of rub per pound of brisket. Smoke for 2 hours per pound of brisket. Don't have a smoker? You can get a similar effect on a grill by placing the meat on a pan covered with foil, basting frequently to prevent it from drying out, and cooking it at 225-275 for about 2 hours per pound.

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Source: Adapted from Masterbuilt Smoker Recipes.

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Christie Campbell May 12, 2020 - 8:08 am

Brisket is the epitome of grilling! I smoked one with our gas grill and one just recently with our new smoker. It really is a commitment to smoke one especially if it’s a large one.

Erin May 12, 2020 - 10:32 pm

The it’s so worth it! It’s a lot of inactive time anyway. I wish we could have found a bigger one so that it could have smoked longer.

Rebekah May 11, 2020 - 4:30 pm

Smoked brisket sounds SO DIVINE. You guys are making me rethink my no more outside cooking gadgets!!

Erin May 12, 2020 - 10:32 pm

But outside cooking gadgets are the best! We are working on a pizza oven next

Wendy Klik May 11, 2020 - 11:46 am

We just got a smoker, so far I’ve made the pulled pork I’m sharing today and ribs….sooooo good. Can’t wait to try your brisket recipe.

Erin May 11, 2020 - 1:09 pm

We do a lot of pulled pork, but have also smoked ham, turkey, and hot dogs. Welcome tot he addiction!


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