Lazy Man's Barbecued Beef Brisket

Sliced barbecued beef brisket

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  • Total: 4 hrs 35 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs 30 mins
  • Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
621 Calories
30g Fat
15g Carbs
69g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 621
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 217mg 72%
Sodium 1131mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 69g
Calcium 51mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

By cooking this beef brisket recipe in the oven first, and then glazing with barbecue sauce on the grill after, you get a deliciously moist, smoky, and perfectly cooked piece of meat. This beef brisket recipe is called "lazy man's" because it's so easy, but you'll call it "smart cook's" beef brisket when you taste the results.


  • 1 beef brisket (about 5 lbs.)
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt (or as needed)
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 1 cup prepared barbecue sauce (or more as needed; see link below for easy barbecue sauce recipes)

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  2. Trim the beef brisket of any large amounts of excess fat. Leaving a thin layer of fat is desirable. Season the beef brisket on both sides with the smoked paprika, pepper, and salt.

  3. Place the onions in a shallow roasting pan, large enough to fit the beef brisket. Place the brisket, fat side up, on top of the onions, and roast uncovered for 1 hour. Remove the pan, and carefully wrap tightly with foil. Be sure you have a good seal around the pan, as this will keep in the moisture.

  4. Place in the oven, reduce the heat to 325 F and cook for 3 more hours.

  5. Allow to cool, and refrigerate, still wrapped overnight.

  6. When you are ready to serve, reheat over a charcoal, or gas grill for about 15 minutes per side, or until warmed through.

  7. Brush with barbecue sauce for the last 5 minutes of cooking to get a nice glaze. Serve sliced thin, with additional barbecue sauce on the side.