Looking for excellent bbq beef brisket recipes? Your search is over! Here you'll find recipes for smoked and grilled brisket that'll tickle your ribs and bring a big smile to your face!
It doesn't matter how you cook a beef brisket as long as it's cooked low
and slow. This cut of beef can be tough if cooked improperly, but with
the right techniques it can be tamed to its tender, juicy best!
Brisket can be cooked in smokers and grills. Because of the tough nature of the cut, cooking temperatures between 225 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit are best. You can cook 'em quicker at a higher temperature, but the benefits of low and slow cooking are many.
Tough connective tissue and fat take a long time to break down and release their great flavor and juices. At 225 degrees, a large 12 pound brisket can take nearly twelve hours, and sometimes longer, to become melt in your mouth tender. A long time, yes, but during that long, relaxed cooking session, the toughness melts away, adding incredible juiciness and flavor to the meat.
How to Cut Brisket
When brisket is cooked at a higher temperature, the meat will get done, but the tough tissues won't have time to soften, melt, and release their goodness. Another negative of higher temperature cooking is that the brisket will lose a lot of its juices. High temperature causes the meat fibers to contract, literally squeezing juice from the beef as it cooks.
The briskets are located at the lower, front end of the steer, on what
you could call the chest. There are two on each steer, one on each side.
A whole brisket consists of two main muscles, the flat, made up of
coarse grained muscle, and the point, a much fattier piece of meat.
The whole brisket can be barbecued as-is, with minimal trimming, or the flat and point can be separated. The benefit of dividing is that the two separate cuts can be cooked to their perfect stage of doneness, then removed from the cooker. The leaner flat will cook a bit quicker than the point.
Beef brisket can be cooked with very little seasoning, with sauce added
at serving time. But they can also handle a lot of added flavor. Brisket
rubs, marinades, mop sauces and injectable flavorings all have their
The thing is, briskets have a lot of flavor on their own, which makes them pretty forgiving when barbecued. And even though a nekked bbq brisket tastes good, the addition of spices, herbs and other flavorings adds a richer taste to the meat, and can make your brisket taste fantastic!
Be careful when you get started on the following barbecued brisket recipes - you just might end up with a belly like mine!
Grilled BBQ Beef Brisket Recipes
Mild Southwestern Style Barbecue Beef Brisket
- Barbecue this brisket using indirect heat in your charcoal or gas
grill. This recipe includes the Southwestern seasonings, but with very
little or no spicy heat. Cayenne pepper is optional. Grilled in pan,
so the meat soaks in its own juices as it cooks.
Bacon Wrapped Brisket - A weave of bacon strips cover this brisket, bathing it in righteous bacon fat as it cooks on your grill.
Pepper Crusted Brisket Recipe - If you live for black pepper, this brisket will most certainly satisfy. A hefty coating of cracked black pepper tops this brisket, flavoring it to an extreme level.
Grill Smoked Brisket - Another great bbq beef brisket recipe, this one is grilled in a pan, so it's stewing in it's own juices. Comes out really juicy!
BBQ Beef Brisket Recipes for the Smoker
Smoked Beef Brisket Recipe - A very simple smoked brisket recipe. Just salt, pepper, smoke and time. Taste brisket the way it really is.
Marinated Beef Brisket - Flavored in a marinade of wine, horseradish and grainy mustard, this brisket recipe has lots of great flavor.
Spicy Smoked Brisket - Cayenne pepper kicks up the heat in the seasoning used on this brisket. Smoked with mesquite and oak, it's got a great flavor.
Texas Brisket - Another tasty recipe using a flavorful bbq brisket rub that includes cumin, coriander and chipotle pepper powder.
More Smoked Brisket Recipes - Here are the rest of the best smoked brisket. You'll surely find one to please here!
How to Smoke Brisket - Great tips for smoking briskets
What Are Burnt Ends - A delicacy you need to know about. Burnt end recipe included!
Brisket Rubs, Mops, Marinades and Sauce
Barbecue Brisket Marinade - This recipe adds to the beefy brisket flavor by including beef boullion in the mix. Extra beefy good!
Teriyaki Brisket Marinade - Put together a teriyaki style marinade and enjoy a brisket like you never enjoyed before.
How to Make Marinade - Instructions for putting together the perfect brisket marinade.
Brisket Mop Sauce - It's good practice to mop your brisket as it cooks. This one has vinegar, oil, beer and garlic, and makes the bark taste really good!
Mopping Sauce #2 - Another variation of brisket mopping sauce. Adds flavor, prevents excessive drying. And gives you a reason to look at that beautiful brisket just one more time!
Spicy Brisket Rub - This is one hot and spicy rub. The recipe calls for one tablespoon of cayenne pepper, but you can double the amount if you're brave.
Easy Brisket Rub - Equal measurements of six different ingredients makes this rub recipe a breeze to put together. Keeps well too.
Texas Brisket Rub - A classic Texas brisket seasoning that you'll use again and again. Good on smoked or grilled briskets.
Brisket BBQ Sauce - An easy sauce that can be used for finishing your briskets. Good for dippin' and your brisket sandwiches too!
Now that you've tried a couple of these tasty recipes you probably need to loosen your belt a few notches.