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Beginner's Brisket: Easy To Make Brisket With Great Taste!

Posted by Mary M. on April 2, 2013

Traeger's Beginner's Brisket

Don't let the name of this recipe fool you. Although it may be called Beginner's Brisket, it will seriously make you look like a brisket award-winning champion. And there's no reason why you need to tell anyone how easy it is. That can be our little secret.

This recipe bombshell is in our Traeger's Everyday Cookbook.


Recommended Pellets: Hickory, Oak
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time:10-12 hours
Serves:6-8 people


1 6-pound brisket flat, trimmed
Traeger Beef Rub
2 cups beef broth, beer or cola (I used cola for a little added sweetness)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Traeger Texas Spicy Barbecue Sauce

Season the brisket on both sides with the Traeger Beef Rub. Make the mop sauce by combining the cola (or broth or beer), apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce in a clean spray bottle.

Seasoned Brisket

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4-5 minutes). Arrange the brisket on the grill grate fat-side up.

Smoke for 3-4 hours, spraying with the mop sauce every hour.

Cooked Brisket

Set the temperature to 225 degrees F and continue to cook the brisket, spraying it occasionally with mop sauce until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat reads 180-190 degrees F. This will take close to 6 hours longer. But be patient because it's definitely worth the wait and we all know that low and slow is the way to go.

After you take it off the grill, wrap it up in foil and let it rest for 30 minutes. This process will yield even better results if you put the foil-wrapped brisket in an insulated cooler or wrap it additionally with thick bath towels. The fat and outside of the brisket is so much hotter than the inside, wrapping it helps the brisket to come to a uniform temperature.

Unwrap the meat and cut off the fat cap.

Use a sharp knife to make thin slices, approximately the thickness of a pencil, across the grain of the brisket.

Traeger's amazing beginner's brisket

Serve with Traeger's Texas Spicy Barbecue Sauce and it will look and taste like a pro.

Easy brisket recipe

For more handy brisket tips and pics check out this site.


4/3/2013 10:07:29 AM #

How many lbs of pellets are needed for 4 hours of smoking and 6 hours @ 225F?

dconstantiner United States

4/5/2013 12:15:22 PM #

Made this yesterday using the Traeger Prime Rib Rub on a 5 lb Costco flat. Smoked for two hours, put in foil pan for approx 4 hrs spraying with apple juice until it hit 190. Tasted great.

dichrodave United States

7/29/2013 12:40:12 PM #

I am new to the Traeger family. I love it so far. I want to try this recipe but have a small brisket approx. 2.4 pounds. I just don't know how to adjust the time for my smaller brisket. Any suggestions would be very appreciated.  Thanks

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8/8/2013 8:46:17 AM #

Time does not matter, temp does. When it hits 190-200 it's done.

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