8 hrs 30 mins
Pokey in San Antonio, TX's Note:
Smoked another brisket last weekend using this recipe for my brother-in-law's birthday. It was so good, I was lucky to get a piece for myself. Prep time does not include the marinating time.
My Private Note
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- 3 cups red wine
- 1 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 3 tablespoons Grey Poupon mustard
- 2 tablespoons horseradish (prepared)
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons lemon pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 3 teaspoons celery salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
Guest of Honor
- 8 -10 lbs beef brisket (Vacuum Packed)
- 1Marinade: In a bowl, whisk all the ingredients until well blended.
- 2Rub: Combine all in a bowl. Triple or quadruple the recipe and keep the rest in a zip lock bag for future briskets.
- 3Brisket Prep: Cut a hole in the top of the vacuum pack and drain out the blood.
- 4Using a funnel, pour in the marinade, working it around until all of the brisket is covered. You should still have about 1/2 the marinade left. That will be used as a basting sauce when you smoke the brisket.
- 5Patch the whole with duct tape.
- 6Marinate in the refrigerator for up to 2 days--overnight as a minimum.
- 7Remove the brisket from the bag, pat dry.
- 8Determine the direction of the grain and slice a piece across the grain. This will help you later when it comes time to slice and serve--it's more difficult to tell later when the brisket is cooked.
- 9Coat brisket generously with the rub.
- 10Allow the brisket to come to room temperature before putting in the smoker. I place the brisket in a low oven (200 degrees F) while I get the smoker going.
- 11Smoking the brisket: Fire up the smoker according to the manufacture's instructions. Bring it up to 225 degrees F.
- 12Place brisket in smoker at the level of the thermometer, be sure there is not direct heat hitting the brisket.
- 13For the first two or three hours it is best to keep the heat between 190 to 220 degrees. It can gradually get hotter up to a max of 250, but lower for longer is always better. It will take approximately 8-10 hours.
- 14Turn, rotate, and baste every hour. Add wood to smoker every 30 min (as required) to keep the heat at a constant temperature. I use hickory or pecan.
- 15Check the internal temperature, at the thickest part of the brisket after about 8 hours.
- 16When brisket has an internal temperature of 190 degrees F. it's done. If you go much beyond that, the brisket will shred rather than slice. Remove and wrap in aluminum foil. Let rest for at least 1 hour before slicing.
- 17Slice the point off the brisket. There is a natural division of fat between the point and the flat to slice along.
- 18Working with the flat, slice 1/4 inch slices across the grain starting at the starter slice you made before smoking.
- 19Determine the direction of the grain on the point, and slice across the grain just as before.
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Nutritional Facts for Another Great Smoked Brisket Recipe (Southwest)
Serving Size: 1 (332 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 1655.5
- Calories from Fat 1332
- Total Fat 148.0 g
- Saturated Fat 45.2 g
- Cholesterol 264.9 mg
- Sodium 943.1 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 3.5 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
- Sugars 1.0 g
- Protein 61.7 g
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