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Beef Brisket


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There are 2 "secrets" in grilling a brisket to make it tender and tasty

- Choose the best brisket and prepare it right -

Here's how to choose the "best" brisket for barbequing:

 1. A brisket is generally divided into two parts, the flat and the point. For barbecue brisket you will want it undivided. You will also want it untrimmed, also called a "Packer's Cut". This cut will have a strip of fat running through the middle and a layer of fat on the top. The layer on top is called the fat cap. The fat cap is very important, as it will keep the brisket moist while it is smoking. The fat cap should be about 1/3 - 1/4 inch thick.


2. Whatever you buy, try to get a brisket with good marbling, white fat and a deep color in the meat. There should be good fat throughout the meat and not just in one place. Though the fat cap will add moisture to the meat during smoking, the fat spread throughout the meat will be much more effective. If the fat cap is more than 1/3 inch thick you might want to trim it down. It's best to have a single even layer. When smoking you will want the brisket to cook fat side up so that the melting fat will run over the brisket and keep it moist.


3. Before the brisket hits the smoker it needs to be rinsed in lukewarm water, patted dry with paper towels and be at room temperature. If you are going to marinade it should be done for at least 12 hours before you smoke. If you are going to apply a rub it should be done about 30 minutes to an hour before you smoke.


4. To enhance the tenderizing affect of smoking you can marinade the brisket with lemon juice, lime juice, vinegar or any other acid based marinade. This will help breakdown the tough fibers in the meat and the acid will carry any flavor you add to the marinade deep into the meat. Here's an excellent brisket marinade. Marinate your brisket in this over night, but not longer than 24 hours.


Texas Barbecued Beef Brisket (on a gas grill)
Courtesy of Iowa Beef Industry Council


1 brisket, 10-12 pounds

1. Trim brisket of excess fat (leave about 1/4” cover). Rub brisket thoroughly with Brisket Seasoning mixture and set aside.

2. Preheat entire gas grill. To obtain a smoky flavor, use a mix of mesquite and hickory wood chips according to your gas grill directions. 

3. Shut off one side of the grill. Use indirect heat. (Which means placing the brisket on the opposite side of the grill from the heat, making sure that it is not above any part of the fire.) Turn the heated side down to low and close the cover. 

4. Grill for about 2-1/2 to 3 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 140º F. Apply the “mop” to the brisket (with a brush) occasionally during the cooking period. 

5. Remove the brisket from the grill, cover with favorite barbecue sauce, and wrap tightly in heavy foil. Return to the grill (unheated side) and cook for another 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until the internal temperature is about 200 – 210º F. Rotate the package so that all sides are close to the hot side of the grill for even time periods.

6. Remove the meat from the fire and let rest in the foil for 30 minutes to one hour. 

7. Unwrap and slice across the grain.

Brisket Seasoning
Chef Peter Rosenberg,
Delicatexas, Kingwood, Texas

1/2 cup chili powder
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup granulated garlic
1/4 cup granulated onion
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 bay leaves

Combine together until evenly distributed.

Basic Beer Mop
12 ounces beer
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup corn oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Brisket Seasoning

Combine ingredients in saucepan and heat. Makes about 3 cups

Texas Barbecue Sauce
1 cup strong black coffee
1 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 cup catsup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups chopped onions
1/4 cup minced hot chili peppers
6 cloves garlic, minced

Combine all ingredients in saucepan and simmer for 25 minutes. Strain or puree in blender or food processor. Refrigerate between uses. Makes 5 cups.



Here are 2 more brisket recipes


The 1st Brisket Recipe uses a rotisserie


1 - 5 pound brisket

1 large onion chopped

1 cup water

7 ounce of beer

1 stick of butter

1/3 cup cider vinegar

6 cloves garlic minced

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 tablespoons onion powder

2 tablespoons black pepper

2 tablespoons cayenne

2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon chili powder

salt and pepper

Trim excess fat from Brisket and season with garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne and paprika. Place on rotisserie and put on preheated grill. Prop the lid a little and let cook. Meanwhile prepare sauce. Melt butter in a saucepan and sauté onion and garlic for about 5 minutes. Add water, cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder and a little salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add beer. Baste over brisket about every 30 minutes. Cook brisket on low for about 4-5 hours. Remove brisket from grill and slice thinly.



2nd Brisket Recipe


1   4-to-5 lb. Brisket

Sprinkle brisket with 1 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper. Wrap brisket in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Prepare fire in a covered grill. Place brisket on grill. Cover with lid, and open vent. Grill over low coals 2 hours or until very tender.

How to Smoke a Brisket...with Success!  Do you have a charcoal grill, a gas grill, a smoker? Whichever you have, creating the perfect brisket is easy with the step-by-step instructions you can find at Texas Beef.org.  Just click here to read how to Gas Grill a Brisket, Indirect Smoke a Brisket, Water Smoke a Brisket, Many Different Brisket Seasonings and a Basic Brisket Beer Mop!

To serve, diagonally slice brisket across grain into thin slices. Serve with your favorite Bar-B-Q sauce.  If you are planning on cutting your own beef brisket, you will need a good boning knife.  Why not order one of our Forschner Boning Knives!  This is the same knife we have used for decades at Jackson Frozen Food Locker.  Order one today for only$20.95 - shipping included in this price!  We believe we have the lowest price on the Internet on Forschner Boning Knives.  If you find a lower price, including shipping, please e-mail us, and we will try and beat that price!




Brisket Marinade


·         1/2 cup white vinegar

·         1/4 cup canola oil

·         1 12 ounce beer

·         2 tablespoons liquid smoke

·         1 medium onion, finely chopped

·         1 tablespoon salt

·         1 tablespoon brown sugar

·         1 teaspoon cayenne

·         1 teaspoon black pepper

·         Mix all ingredients together. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.




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