Hello friends and welcome to this months smoked corned beef brisket edition of the smoking meat newsletter!

Last months muffin pan experiment yielded tons of feedback from you and all of it was great. I love it!

With Easter just around the corner and St. Patrick's day just slightly behind us, it just seems natural to talk about the season's favorite dish..

More about that in a moment.

Helpful Links

For the new folks, here are some helpful links you might want to check out:

Brisket – /brisket-smoke
Ribs – /smoking-ribs
Pork Shoulder – /pork-shoulder-recipe
Chicken – /smoking-chicken
Turkey – /smoking-turkey
Brining Meat – /brining-meat


Now on to the March Edition of the Smoking Meat Newsletter..


Smoked Corn Beef Brisket

Many folks have asked me about smoking corn beef brisket and that is exactly what we are going to cover this week.

I have always loved corned beef brisket and I have to say that my mother in law makes a mean one..

However.. if you want to take regular corned beef brisket up a couple of notches or more then you have to try it smoked.

This is sometimes referred to as Pastrami although it is not “true” pastrami due to the differences in spices and such.. it is a very close replica.


For this recipe, I am recommending that you just buy a 4 pound corned beef brisket at your local market instead of going through the long process of brining/seasoning the brisket yourself.

If you want to try that part of the process.. simply do a Google search on “corned beef recipe” and you will find recipes for doing it yourself.

For now, place your corn beef brisket in a container of cold water for a couple of hours to reduce the saltiness a little bit.

Once the meat is finished soaking.. remove the meat from the water and place it in a disposable aluminum pan.


Now.. I like to use my very own rub and just add a couple tablespoons of ground coriander seeds to it.

Note: you can grind coriander seeds yourself in a spice grinder or use pre-ground coriander and it will work just fine.

At this point, leave the brisket be and go get your smoker ready.

Smoking Process

I prefer mesquite with brisket but you know pecan, cherry, apple, hickory, etc. is not bad either. It really comes down to what you like.

I like to do a good oak base if I am using an all wood smoker (stick burner) and then add mesquite or other wood here and there for that flavor.

No matter what kind of smoker you have, you will want to get it purring along at about 225 F degrees or so.. even 250 F is not bad.

Once the smoker is going, the smoke is thin and the temperature is steady.. you will want to place the pan of brisket onto the grates.

The pan will collect the juices, keep your smoker clean and make it super easy to bring into the house once it is finished.

It should take approximately 5-6 hours to bring your corned beef brisket up to about 180 degrees or so.

During this time, you will want to keep a nice thin smoke flowing making sure to have plenty of airflow into and out of the smoker.

If you are using a charcoal, gas or electric smoker, you can stop the smoke and just finish with heat after about 3-4 hours.


This is a recipe that you will love and if you are anything like me.. you will want to try it again and again.

This can be served like regular corn beef with cabbage (even smoker cabbage might be great!) or you can put it on a sandwich like pastrami.

Either way you choose to eat it.. your friends and family will feel honored to be at your table.


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  1. Dan March 17, 2015 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    I am new to this site and looking forward to spring here in MI which will reduce the time of my smokers. I have two gas smokers, an electric little chief and an electric Brinkman, a gas grill, an infared grill and a charcoal weber style grill and i suppose it goes with out saying, am an avid outdoor cooker. I was a little surprised at your choice of mesquite for the corned beef as i have found it only useful for quick smokes as it tends to make the food bitter on long, slow cooks, but Imsuppose it depends on how ling one applies the smoke. Looking forward to sharing with and learning from my fellow Q-ers!

    • Jeff Phillips March 18, 2015 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Dan, I use mesquite really often and love it. The food/meat is never bitter but there is a trick to this.. make sure you are getting plenty of airflow into and out of the smoker as this allows the smoke to pass quickly over the meat just kissing it gently as it sails over the meat and out of the smoker. Bitter smoke from any wood/smoke can be a sign of too little airflow or wood that has not been seasoned for long enough. I even use mesquite for pork butts, briskets, chicken and even whole pigs successfully with absolutely no bitter taste. We use a lot of mesquite, hickory and pecan due to that being so readily available in this area. Here is Oklahoma and even more so in Texas, mesquite is easily found and we tend to use it a lot.

  2. Tony December 8, 2014 at 5:06 am - Reply


    Have only just bought my smoker 1 week ago, while searching for info I found your website and have found it very helpful. My first smoking project was to follow your Xmas ribs recipe with your rub and I must say it turned out pretty good.
    I think I have found a new hobby and am really keen to try other meats now.
    Thanks for supplying the great info

  3. phil September 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply


    Just bought your rub & sauce recipes. Gonna try my first pork butt tomorrow for the game,can't wait to taste it. thanks for the time and the great recipes that I've tried from the newsletter.

                                Phil from Ohio

  4. Greg Miron August 9, 2013 at 6:04 am - Reply


    Been a fan of yours now for several years and have purchased your recipes and have used them with great sucess. Love your web site.

    I have a church picnic coming up and they've asked me again to cook my brisket, I've ben looking at the full size brisket around 20 lbs. and was wondering since it is quite large and won't fit on the grate with out folding, should I just fold the brisket and smoke it or cut the brisket in half and smoke it?

    Thanks again.

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