How to smoke brisket

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Smoking American-style brisket

Time:

9–11 hours, depending on size


Ingredients:

• 3–4kg beef brisket

• Your favourite spice mix

Method

Step 1: Prepare the brisket

Prepare your brisket by trimming off the fat and sinew. Then rub both sides of the brisket thoroughly with your spice mix to enhance the flavor profile at the end of the cook.


Step 2: Smoked brisket temperature

Get your smoker up to 115°C and rack your brisket for 3 hours. It should then be ‘boated’ inside your smoker for a further 6–8 hours. A ‘boat’ is an open foil construction used to hold liquid and allow food to rest in its own juices.

beef brisket being smoked

Step 3: Use some water

Spritz throughout your cook with water, checking hourly. You want your brisket to be juicy.

beef brisket being spritzed with water bottle

Step 4: Check the temperature

Use a probe to check your brisket is ready. When it reaches 82°C to 90°C, it’s good to go.

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Slice up your brisket to reveal the beautiful colours and serve.

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