Texas-Style Smoked Brisket

Texas style brisket
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  • Total: 10 hrs 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 10 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 6

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.


  • 8 to 10 pound (2.5 to 2.8 kg) untrimmed brisket
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) Texas-style brisket rub
  • Wood chips (oak, fruitwood, hickory)

Steps to Make It

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

  2. Rinse and dry the brisket.

  3. Apply Texas-style brisket rub.

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

  5. To increase tenderness, take the brisket out of the smoker once it reaches 170 degrees F (77 degrees C), wrap in aluminum foil and place back in the smoker or in an oven at 180 to 200 degrees F (82 to 93 degrees C)  for the last two hours or until the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F (88 degrees C).

  6. 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.