Texas-Style Smoked Brisket

Texas-Style Smoked Brisket created by SharonChen

This take a little extra time but well worth it. Got this recipe off Emeril Salutes Houston, TX episode.

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  • Set the brisket on a large sheet of plastic wrap.
  • In a medium bowl combine the dark brown sugar, chili power, paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne, dry mustard, and cumin thoroughly.
  • Rub the mixture onto the brisket and wrap tightly in the plastic wrap.
  • Place on a baking sheet and let marinate refrigerated at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Remove the meat from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature.
  • Soak mesquite wood chips in a large bowl of water for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Remove, drain and set aside.
  • Prepare a smoker with charcoal and the wood chips according to the manufacturer's instructions to 180 to 200 degrees F.
  • Place the water pan in the smoker and add water to the fill line, about 2/3 full.
  • Place the unwrapped brisket on the lower rack off the direct heat, close the lid, and cook, regularly stoking the fire and adding additional chips, until an instant-read thermometer registers an internal temperature of 140 to 145 degrees F, about 4 to 5 hours.
  • Remove the meat from the grill and let rest for 20 minutes before carving the meat against the grain.
  • (Alternately, prepare a stove-top smoker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Place the unwrapped brisket on the rack over low heat. Close the lid and smoke for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Remove the meat from the smoker and wrap in) BBQ Sauce: In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onions and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  • Add the ketchup, brown sugar, cane syrup, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire, hot sauce, Essence, and red pepper flakes and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and the flavors marry, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool slightly before serving.
  • Essence: Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
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"This take a little extra time but well worth it. Got this recipe off Emeril Salutes Houston, TX episode."

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  1. blwilley
    Need to add essence & amount to BBQ ingredients.
  2. vmoxert
    There are about 8 things wrong with this recipe, I’ll name the three most important things. First, soaking your wood chips will do nothing. It will create the kind of smoke you don’t want. Second, do not set your smoker to a temp of 180-200, you cannot cook the brisket to the right temp. That brings up the absolute most important point. Your brisket needs to be cooked to an internal temp of at least 195 and as high as 205. That temp is only a reference point though. The brisket should be pulled when you push a toothpick or instant read thermometer into the meat and it has the resistance of room temp butter. Brisket is filled with connective tissue that won’t break down at those suggested temps. Every decent bbqer will tell you to cook the brisket at 225-maybe 300. But at those lower temps your cook will take a very long time. The flavor of the rub is debatable, but the smoking recipe isn’t. Please find any other recipe online. Do NOT follow the cooking instructions here.
  3. SharonChen
    Texas-Style Smoked Brisket Created by SharonChen
  4. SharonChen
    Texas-Style Smoked Brisket Created by SharonChen
  5. SharonChen
    Texas-Style Smoked Brisket Created by SharonChen

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