Smoked Beef Brisket Recipe
How to Smoke Beef Brisket
Smoking a beef brisket is no easy task if you have never tried it before. Every step from shopping for the right cut to how you lay the beef brisket on the smoker is important to the outcome and the taste of this recipe. Even if you are a first timer, this recipe will provide you the directions you need to smoke a tender brisket while still looking like a professional.
Buying the Right Beef Brisket
Brisket is known for being a very tender piece of meat that can melt in your mouth. It may surprise you that brisket is an extremely fatty portion of the cow when you are looking at an uncooked one at a grocery store. This is one of the only times when you actually want to purchase a cut of meat with a lot of fat. Brisket is about $3-4 a pound and it should have marbled fat throughout the meat with a solid top layer of fat. This fatty top layer will actually melt down during the smoking process and tenderize the meat. However, the brisket fat will not completely melt and cook out while smoking, so you will need to still trim the fat after it is done.
Smoked Beef Brisket Recipe Ingredients
Smoked Beef Brisket Recipe Directions
Did Your Brisket Turn Out Tough?
If your brisket turned out tough or not as tender as you would like, there is something you can try as a last resort in order to tenderize the meat. Usually this situation happens when you didn't smoke the brisket long enough. Simply slice your brisket and drop it in a crock pot for 2 hours with barbecue sauce. This will continue the cooking process and the barbecue sauce will add moisture to help tenderize the brisket. If this doesn't work, you may have just bought a bad piece of meat or cut into the brisket too quickly after you pulled it off the smoker.
Smoked Beef Brisket Cooking Time
Beef brisket should be cooked low and slow at about 225-250 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, you should expect to cook your brisket for about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes per pound of brisket. Of course, these are just rough time estimates that will depend on many factors. Make sure you know how long to smoke your beef brisket by checking the temperature throughout the smoking process every couple hours. That is why it is best to purchase an instant read meat thermometer in order to check the internal temperature of the beef brisket throughout the smoking time. You are looking for a final internal temperature of about 185 degrees Fahrenheit for the brisket to be finished.
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