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Smoked Brisket for Game Day

Smoked Brisket for Game Day

There's nothing better on game day than smoked brisket and in this recipe, I'll show you how to prep and cook it from start to finish and end up with a winner.
Course Entree
Cuisine Hot Smoking
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 hours
Servings 8 -10
Author Jeff Phillips


  • Whole packer brisket slightly trimmed is ok
  • Molasses
  • Jeff's original rub
  • Extra long toothpick


  • Place brisket fat cap down inside of a large foil pan.
  • Coat the top of the brisket with molasses then sprinkle 4-6 TBS of Jeff's original rub onto the top and sides of the brisket.
  • Give the rub a couple of minutes to stick then flip the brisket over to fat cap up.
  • Use a sharp knife to score the fat cap down to the meat using a crosshatch pattern with about 1-inch intervals.
  • Coat the scored fat cap of the brisket with molasses then pour 4-6 TBS of Jeff's original rub and rub it in. The idea is for the molasses and rub to get down into the score marks in the fat cap.
  • The brisket is now ready to cook in the smoker.
  • Set up your smoker for cooking at about 240-250°F with indirect heat using a mix of pecan and cherry wood for smoke or whatever smoking wood you have available.
  • Let the brisket smoke cook for about 5 hours or until it reaches 160°F in the thickest part of the flat area.
  • At this point you can wrap the brisket with foil or USDA approved natural brown (or pink) paper and continue the cooking process in the smoker.
  • The brisket is done when it reaches about 200°F. You can test the brisket for perfect tenderness by inserting a probe or skewer into the flat area. It should have very little resistance and feel like it's going into room temperature butter.
  • Once done, remove the brisket from the heat.
  • It should be wrapped in foil at this point and allowed to rest for 1.5 to 2 hours in a empty, dry cooler.
  • After resting, remove the brisket from the foil and slice across the grain into ¼ inch pieces.
  • Enjoy!