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A perfectly cooked brisket on a table with some gravy and char grilled corn cobs


When it comes to smoked meats, American beef brisket is the holy grail of the low and slow movement. Tender, full of flavour and super easy to make, beef brisket is cut from the beef flank and a cut above. This is one of those crowd-pleaser dishes that takes a while to prepare but is made to be savoured, both in the cooking and eating.

Tools and materials


  • 3-4kg beef brisket
  • Your favourite spice mix



9–11 hours, depending on size

2Prepare the brisket

Prepare your brisket by trimming off the fat and sinew. Then rub both sides of the brisket thoroughly with your spice mix to enhance the flavour profile at the end of the cook.

3Smoked brisket temperature

Get your smoker up to 115°C and rack your brisket for 3 hours. It should then be ‘boated’ inside your smoker for a further 6–8 hours. A ‘boat’ is an open foil construction used to hold liquid and allow food to rest in its own juices.

A slab of brisket sitting in a barbecue

4Use some water

Spritz throughout your cook with water, checking hourly. You want your brisket to be juicy.

A brisket being sprayed down to keep it juicy

5Check the temperature

Use a probe to check your brisket is ready. When it reaches 82°C to 90°C, it’s good to go.

A probe being used to check the temperature of a cooking brisket

6Slice and serve

Slice up your brisket to reveal the beautiful colours and serve.
A finished brisket being sliced up
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