Recipe for Smoked Beef Brisket

Smoked Brisket on a Traeger Lil’ Texas Grill/Smoker

Summary: I’ve cooked a few briskets, and I have never quite had a perfect brisket yet. Today’s goal was to create that tender, smoky, mouth watering brisket that will amaze your friends and create screaming groupies alike. I think I got it on this one.

Wood Pellets – Hickory/Alder mix
Dry Rub – Big Green Egg Gourmet Seasoning
Meat – 3lb brisket from the local Harmons
Smoker – Traeger Lil Texas
Cook Time – 6 to 7 hours


Preparation: Started the Traeger about 10:15 am. I went in and unwrapped the brisket and put a good coverage of  Big Green Egg Gourmet Seasoning and rubbed it in. After letting the grill warm up (medium), I placed the brisket fat side down on the grill. My intention was to give it 10 minutes or so, well it turned into the “so”. 25 minutes later I flipped the meat and switched it to smoke.

3 hours later I checked the meat temperature, it was about 160. An hour after that I wrapped the meat in tin foil and spread my neighbors famous BBQ sauce on it (thanks Mike). I left it like that for another 2-2 1/2 hours. I pulled the meat off, dripped juices in the carpet and let the meat rest for 15  minutes. The meat was tender and delicious. The kids ate all of it!


Things I learned, or will try differently next time are:

  1. The smoke ring was small, that might have been from the 25 minute warm up fat side down. Cut that down to a true 10 minutes
  2. Leave the BBQ sauce off till done
  3. Try a different rub, or use more of it

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