Smoked Brisket With Chipotle Rub

Smoked Brisket With Chipotle Rub
Smoked Brisket With Chipotle Rub.

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  • Total: 10 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 hrs
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1128 Calories
60g Fat
3g Carbs
136g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 1128
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 60g 77%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Cholesterol 435mg 145%
Sodium 773mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 136g
Calcium 89mg 7%
*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.)

This brisket recipe calls for a delicious rub made of chipotle peppers. Just make sure that the peppers are finely ground before using. Serve either with traditional barbecue sides like cole slaw, potato salad, and bbq beans, or with Spanish rice, refried beans, and warmed tortillas. Definitely a versatile main course.


  • 1 beef brisket (about 8 to 10 pounds or 3.6 to 4.5 kg)
  • For Rub:
  • 2 dried chipotle peppers (use 3 to heat it up a little)
  • 3 tablespoons/45 mL black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL dried cilantro leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL cumin
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL onion powder
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon/5 mL ground dry orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons/10mL sea salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat smoker and add wood chips of your choice. Clean and dry the brisket.

  3. Place rub ingredients into a coffee grinder or spice mill.

  4. Grind until mixture is fine and even.

  5. Apply rub onto brisket.

  6. Place brisket in the smoker for 8 to 10 hours. Keep the smoker temperature at about 220 F/105 C. To increase tenderness, take the brisket out of the smoker, wrap in aluminum foil and place in an oven at 180 to 200 F for the last two hours.

  7. Typically after 8 to 10 hours a piece of meat will have absorbed as much smoke as it can and additional smoking may impart a bitter flavor.

  8. Take brisket off of heat and allow to sit for 20 minutes before slicing. Serve with your favorite sides.

  9. Enjoy!