BBQ Brisket Checklist

How To Smoke A Brisket: Step By Step Infographic

If you’re going to spend anywhere from 10 – 16 hours preparing and smoking a brisket it helps to know what you’re doing! This is one time where you can skip the recipe books. There’s a process you should follow to convert a 10 pound hunk of beef into beautiful smokey goodness. Brisket can be tough for beginners. From knowing what to look for when selecting the brisket, to trimming, smoking, wrapping and finally resting and slicing there’s a lot you need to know.

That’s where this simple checklist comes in handy. This guide will show you how to prepare traditional texas style brisket. This means a simple salt and pepper rub, smoke and plenty of time. If this is your first time cooking brisket your best bet is to follow the checklist as close as possible. But like everything with barbecue there’s plenty of ways to experiment.

Two Big Tips to help you smoke a perfect brisket:

  • Start early – Forget sleeping in. Getting an early start is important so you have plenty of time before you need to serve. Brisket can take anywhere from 10 – 18 hours to finish depending on size.

  • How to tell when it’s done – A good rule of thumb is to allow 1 hour and fifteen minutes per pound of meat, but this can very a lot between different briskets. Your best bet is to use a temperature probe and pull it off when it gets to 195° – 205°F.

Allow plenty of time to rest – After waiting for hours it’s tempting to start slicing right away. But it’s important to give the brisket plenty of time to relax. Wrap it in foil or butcher paper, then a towel and place in a cooler for 2 – 3 hours and then slice it just before you are ready to eat.

Smoked Brisket Infographic

Smoked Brisket Process and checklist InfoGraphic from Smoked BBQ Source

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