Smoking a perfect brisket takes time and patience.
Usually, a smoker does a terrific job at finishing your brisket.
But if your running out of time, you can try finishing your brisket in the oven.
With the right internal temp, your oven can deliver you a delicious result.
Follow my steps below to ensure if turns out perfectly.
Benefits of Finishing a Brisket in the Oven
Although purists may disagree with this, there are plenty of benefits of finishing a brisket in the oven.
You can take the whole day to smoke a brisket in a smoker and do hourly checks. But, there are certain occasions when you don’t have the entire day to cook a brisket.
Or maybe run out of fuel or maybe there is an unexpected weather change.
This is where you can opt for finishing the brisket in an oven. You can achieve a brisket with a similar texture within a few hours in an oven.
Are They Any Downsides To it?
You may not get the same level of smoke peneration if you finish your brisket in the oven. However sometimes it might be your only option. You don’t want hungry guests!
What do you need to finish the brisket in the oven?
Other than some foil to wrap, you don’t need anything else. Below is what we use to smoke our brisket followed a stint in the oven.
You will need;
An untrimmed full packer brisket
Wood chunks or wood chips
A rub containing pink salt or kosher salt
A trimmed baking sheet is optional but can be helpful sometimes.
Our Method to Finishing it in the Oven
Although there are different methods, we have listed the the one we use below.
This classic method is simple and does a great job at delivering a juicy and succulent brisket.
1. Prepare your brisket:
Begin the process by preparing your brisket. Trim out excess fat from the meat at least around ¼ inch and pat dry to keep the meat moist. Coat with your rub.
2. Get your smoker ready:
Preheat the smoker to around 250-degree F add your wood chunk or chips
3. Smoke your brisket
Place the brisket in the smoker, cook for around 4 hours or until the instant-read thermometer or probe shows 170-degree F as the internal temperature.
4. Prepping your brisket for the oven
At this point, take the brisket out of the smoker and wrap it tightly with 2-3 layers of aluminum foil
5. Finishing it in the oven
Place the probe in the flat portion of the meat and put the brisket in the oven after wrapping.
The cooking time is 1.5 hours approximately. Cook until the internal temperature is close to 200-degree F.
6. Rest your brisket
Take the tender brisket out of the oven and let the meat rest for half an hour and then slice and enjoy your brisket.
The Sleep Method
Apart from the classic method, you can also try the Sleep Method to finish the brisket in the oven overnight. With this cooking process, you can get a relaxing sleep overnight and get a delicious brisket in the morning.
For this method, you need to smoke your brisket for almost 5 hours.
Wrap the meat in aluminum foil and place it in the oven. Set the temperature at 210-degree F and leave it in the oven for the whole night.
Approximately 8-10 hours will do the trick.
The Finishing Another Day Method
This is another great alternate method.
For this method, a brisket needs to be smoked properly for a couple of hours until the instant-read thermometer shows a temperature of around 160-degree F.
Wrap your brisket in foil and place it in the fridge.
Take it out of the fridge on the day you want to serve it.
Heat it in the oven until meat reaches the internal temperature of approximately 190-degree F. With this method, you can prep a brisket beforehand and finish it another day.
Finishing a brisket in an oven will not only save you time and energy but will also help you out a in a pinch.
You can choose any method from the mentioned above to finish your brisket, depending on what works best for you.
Do you use of one of these methods? Or do you have another one to share?
Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking and getting out in nature with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork)
You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!
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