Texas-Style Smoked Brisket

Texas-style brisket
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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 10 hrs
Total: 10 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings

This traditional Texas-style brisket recipe will teach you how to produce a great piece of smoked meat and help you take your brisket to a whole new level.


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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat smoker and add wood chips (follow your instruction manual).

  3. Rinse and dry the brisket.

  4. Apply Texas-style brisket rub.

  5. Place brisket in the smoker for 8 to 10 hours. Keep the smoker temperature at about 225 to 250 F (108 to 120 C).

  6. To increase tenderness, take the brisket out of the smoker once it reaches 170 F, wrap in aluminum foil and place back in the smoker or in an oven at 180 to 200 F for the last two hours or until the internal temperature reaches 190 F.

  7. Serve and enjoy!


  • 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.