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Smoked Beef Brisket

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  • Author: Cindy Gibbs @ My Country Table
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 300
  • Total Time: 315


Kosher salt, pepper, and good ole’ smoke give this Smoked Beef Brisket its wonderful flavor and tenderness. Simple but perfect!


Units Scale
  • 1 beef brisket, 5-6 pounds, preferably one with a lot of marbling.
  • 1/8 cup kosher salt
  • 1/8 cup fine mesh black pepper


  1. Preheat a smoker to 275 degrees, using your favorite wood chips. Note: If you have a smoker that heats only to 200 degrees, you will have to increase smoking time. See notes above recipe for testing the brisket for doneness.
  2. Place brisket on a work surface. Holding your hand at least 8 inches above the meat, sprinkle one half of the salt and pepper over the meat. Use your fingers to rub the salt and pepper into the meat. Note: Do not sift the two together over the meat. The kosher salt is too big to pass through a sifter. Turn the brisket over and repeat with the second half of the salt and pepper.
  3. Place the brisket, unwrapped, into the preheated smoker. Allow the brisket to smoke for four hours before testing for doneness. To test for doneness, use a knife and scrape away the blackened bark from a small area of the brisket. Using a spray bottle of water, spritz the cleaned area. If it looks dark, it’s ready for the final smoking step.
  4. Remove the brisket from the smoker, wrap it tightly with foil, and return it to the smoker. Smoke for approximately 1 more hour and remove.
  5. Allow brisket to rest for 1/2 hour before removing foil. Slice brisket against the grain and serve.
  6. To reheat brisket, wrap tightly in foil and place in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.


  • Total preparation and cook time does not include resting time.
  • I used a Masterbuilt electric smoker for this recipe which reaches a maximum temperature of 300 degrees. If your smoker only reaches a temperature of 200 degrees, you will have to smoke the brisket a few hours longer. See my tips above recipe for testing doneness.


  • Serving Size: 10