Rock & Roll BBQ Brisket
- Ready In:
- 48hrs 15mins
- 1 (8 -14 lb) beef brisket
- 1⁄4 cup paprika
- 1⁄3 cup kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons cumin
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons cayenne
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- Trim the extreme excess fat from the brisket. Not too much though, fat is good for keeping this thing moist!
- Rinse the brisket and pat it dry with paper towels.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
- Generously coat one side of the brisket with the rub. "Rub" it in with your hands really good. This is very important!
- Flip the brisket and repeat the process.
- Wrap the brisket in a few layers of plastic wrap. Then one layer of foil. Put it in the fridge for about 24 hours.
- Prepare your smoker for smoking or your grill for indirect heating. You are looking to have your cooking chamber between 225 and 240 degrees.
- When grill is up to temp, place the brisket on the rack and WAIT!
- Smoke the meat for about 1 1/2 hours per pound. You are looking for an internal temp of 175-185 degrees at the thickest part of the brisket.
- I use Pecan wood chips for flavoring, but feel free to use Hickory, Cherry, or Apple as well. I never use Mesquite wood. Also, make sure you don't use "green" wood or it will taste horrible! Add a handful of soaked wood chips every 45 minutes for the first 8 hours.
- Some people like to "mop" a brisket. If you want to do this, do it during the second half of the process. Look for a mop recipe online if you want to do this.
- When it is done, wrap the brisket in foil and let it stand for about 30 minutes.
- Slice it against the grain and serve with Rock and Roll BBQ sauce (on buns if you like).
- I realize this may be more work than you are looking for. BUT if you want REAL BBQ this is the way you gotta do it.
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This recipe is pretty close to what many of us in Texas already do for cooking a brisket, and it is awesome. The only disagreement I have with you mr. rock and roll whatever is your never using mesquite to cook with. you either don't know what you're missing, or your taste buds just don't agree with the wonderful flavor infused by the mesquite smoke. Try pecan or peach wood if you ever get to...they're even better than your other go to choices.