First Brisket

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  1. jclind1966

    jclind1966 Newbie

    I am going to smoke my first brisket this weekend. Looking for a good beginner recipe and some tips.
  2. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    You'll want to smoke it at 250*-270* and then foil it after 3 hours (around 160*) and bring the temp up to 200*-205* for it to be tender and juicy.

    I have marinade and rub recipes that I've pieced together and really like:

    Brisket Marinade

    1 1/2 cups red wine
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1 tablespoon wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon kosher salt
    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1 tablespoon paprika
    1 teaspoon onion powder
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    2 teaspoons black pepper

    Brisket Rub

    1/2 cup paprika
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    3 tablespoons garlic powder
    3 tablespoons onion powder
    2 tablespoons oregano

    I let it sit in the marinade overnight, then rub it and let it sit at room temp for 30-40 mins while I heat up the smoker. These 2 recipes are designed to compliment each other, so if you just use a rub, then you'll probably want to add some stuff to it and let it sit in the rub overnight.

    Good luck!
  3. I don't marinate my brisket but do rub with a similar rub as mythmaster listed. Rub the night before smoking. (Everyone has a secret rub, right? Mine is so secret I can't remember what I put in it the last time) I have never worried about internal temperature but the 160 should be about right. I know my pit and have used trial and error over many years. I usually wrap after 4 hours and continue to cook for another 3-4 hours.

    In the last couple of years I started using a mop and that seemed to elevate the quality of my briskets. Mopped every hour or so. I guess this is a real time marinade. I started with the beer mop that Steven Raichlen published somewhere. I have modified it a bit over the years. I am sure you can Google Raichlen's recipe.

    I am going to try wrapping in butcher paper next time. I too have used foil in the past but the pit master at Franklin's Barbeque in Austin (about the best I have ever had) says the foil keeps too much moisture in and he uses butcher paper if he is worried about too much smoke. This gives a better crust.

    I also think you have to use a full blown brisket, none of those trimmed girly ones.
  4. pike

    pike Meat Mopper

    i don't marinate myself, having a meat therm is the best way to go and knowing when the brisket gets up to the 200-205 range with no guess work on it.
    cutting the amount of smoke flavor can be done a few different ways, one way is use a smaller amount of wood and don't refill the wood box, or mix the wood with something more neutral like Oak (50/50 mix) or use a fruit wood. all sizes and cuts of briskets can be used for smoking.
  5. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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