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Help request with my first brisket

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I got me a nice 5 lb flat brisket from Costco. I am finally confident enough in my modified MF charcoal smoker to try this. I would appreciate a good rub recipe for this as well as proper wood selection. Thank you in advance!
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These are two recipes I have used on Beef with success. First has a very South Western/ Texas flavor. The second is my Go To for anything Beef and my most favorite... I like Fruit Woods, Apple and Cherry,for my smokes. Oak is a classic and very good on Beef.  If you like stronger smoke flavor, Hickory, Maple and Pecan are good on Brisket as well...JJ



Run for the Border Rub


2T Kosher Salt

2T Ancho Chile Powder

1T Chipotle Powder

1T Oregano, Mexican is preferred 

1T Gran Garlic

1T Gran Onion

1T Black Pepper

1T Cayenne

1-2tsp Gnd Cumin

1tsp Cocoa Powder

1/2tsp Cinnamon



1T Tomato Powder

1/2C Turbinado Sugar (Sugar in the Raw)


Makes 3/4 to 1Cup Rub.


This stuff is HOT and full flavored with touch of Smokiness. Feel free to adjust the heat to your taste by playing with the amount of Chipotle and Cayenne Powder. All the ingredients except maybe the Tomato Powder is available at the Grocery Store. This stuff will also Kick Butt as the seasoning in a batch of Chili. 




Bubba Beef Rub


2T Turbinado Sugar

2T Kosher Salt

2T Black Peppercorns

1T Coriander Seed

1T Dry Minced Onion

1T Dry Minced Garlic

1tsp Allspice Berries

1tsp Mustard Seed

1tsp Dry Thyme Leaves

3 Bay Leaves, crumbled

1tsp Juniper Berries 


Add Cayenne if heat is desired.


All Spices are Whole and are toasted in a dry pan over Medium heat until fragrant. The Garlic and Onion do not need to be toasted.

Let the Spices cool then Grind in a cheapo Coffee Grinder until slightly less than Coarse. Mix with the Salt and Sugar. Store in an air tight container. Makes about a Half cup.

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