Texas Smoked Brisket for Beginners Recipe

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490 mins (prep 10, cooking 480)
6 ingredients
8-10 servings
I've been smoking brisket for years, feeling that finishing it off in the oven was heresy. No telling how much carbon monoxide I've huffed, and so I have given in and developed a process that works well for me, and should for the novice brisket cook. I recommend buying an untrimmed, large brisket. Cook it, serve what you want and freeze the rest. Small cuts are always trimmed, and subject to drying out with a charcoal/wood fire. I notice that in many of the other brisket recipes they say to use mesquite wood, which is primarily a grilling wood. Because it is so pungent, it's better for burgers, or things that grill quickly, but I do use it in a ratio of 3 parts hickory to 1 part mesquite wood chunks with regular charcoal. Also, I buy Kingsford's Mesquite Charcoal and then just use hickory chunks.

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  • one 8-10 pound, or larger, brisket. figure one hour cooking time per pound.
  • 1 cup your favorite bbq rub for beef, or mine (see link)
  • 6-8 chunks of mesquite wood
  • 18-24 chunks of hickory, or more as needed, all soaking in water
  • e-z bbq sauce: your favorite bottle sauce, plus the meat drippings (see directions)


Serving Size (29.7 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 72.75 Calories from Fat 46.8
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5.2g 63.95%
Saturated Fat 2.54g 101.62%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 22.77mg 60.73%
Sodium 55.31mg 18.44%
Total Carbohydrate 0.0g 0.0%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.0%
Sugars 0.0 g %
Protein 6.07g 97.1%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 2.96mg% Iron 0.66mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
rub, sauce