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Slow-Smoked Mesquite Brisket

BT Toronto | posted Friday, May 19th, 2017

Ideal grill: smoker

Smoke Intensity: strong

Prep time: 45 minutes

Marinating time: 12 to 24 hours

Cooking time: 7 to 9 hours

Resting time: 1 to 2 hours

Special equipment: food syringe; extra-large disposable foil roasting pan; instant-read thermometer

Servings: 12 to 15


1  whole, untrimmed beef brisket, including both the flat and point sections, 10 to 12 pounds, preferably the Certified Angus Beef® brand
1  cup low-sodium beef broth
1/3  cup yellow mustard

2  tablespoons ancho chile powder
1  tablespoon packed light brown sugar
1  tablespoon kosher salt
1  tablespoon onion powder
1  tablespoon paprika
1  tablespoon ground cumin
2  teaspoons ground black pepper
2  teaspoons ground allspice
8  fist-sized mesquite wood chunks


  1. The night before you smoke the brisket, trim it. Using a very sharp knife on the fat side, trim the fat so that it is about ⅓ inch thick, but no less. On the meatier side, remove the web-like membrane that covers the meat, so that you can clearly see (and eventually season) the coarsely grained meat underneath. Then, using a food syringe, inject the meat with the beef broth: With the fat side facing down in an extra-large foil roasting pan, imagine the brisket in 1-inch squares and inject each square with some of the broth, inserting the needle parallel to the grain of the meat and slowly pulling the needle out as you inject the broth. Some broth will seep out, but try to keep as much as possible inside the meat. Then smear the mustard over both sides of the brisket.
  1. In a small bowl mix the rub ingredients. Massage the rub all over the brisket creating a paste with the mustard and broth. Turn the brisket so that the fat side is facing up. Cover the pan and refrigerate for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours. Remove the brisket from the refrigerator and let stand in the pan at room temperature for 1 hour before smoking.
  1. Prepare the smoker for indirect cooking with very low heat (200° to 250°F).
  1. Add two wood chunks to the charcoal. Smoke the brisket in the pan over indirect very low heat, with the lid closed, for 4 hours, adjusting the vents so the temperature inside the smoker stays as close to 225°F as possible. At the start of the second, third, and fourth hours, add two more wood chunks to the charcoal and baste the brisket with any liquid that accumulates in the pan.
  1. After 4 hours, use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat. If it has not reached 160°F, continue cooking until it does. If it has reached 160°F, remove the brisket in the pan from the smoker. Put the lid back on the smoker to prevent heat loss. Add more lit briquettes and refill the water pan to maintain the 225°F temperature.
  1. On a large work surface, lay out three sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil, each about 3 feet long, overlapping the sheets slightly along their longer sides. Place the brisket in the center of the foil, fat side up. Pour ½ cup of the liquid in the pan over the meat, and fold up the edges to wrap the brisket tightly to trap the steam. At this point you can discard the remaining liquid that has accumulated in the pan, though some people like to save it for adding to their barbecue sauce.
  1. Return the brisket to the pan, fat side facing up, and return the pan to the smoker. Cook over indirect very low heat, with the lid closed, until the meat is so tender that when you insert the probe of an instant-read thermometer and push it back and forth, it easily tears the meat, at least 3 hours and as long as 5 hours. The internal temperature should be 190° to 195°F, though tenderness is a more important indicator of doneness than the temperature. The amount of time required will depend on the particular breed and other characteristics of the meat. Remove from the smoker and let the brisket rest at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours.
  1. Unwrap the brisket and cut across the grain into thin slices. Serve warm with your favorite barbecue sauce and side dishes.

©2012 Weber-Stephen Products LLC. Recipe from Weber’s Smoke™ by Jamie Purviance. Used with permission.

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