How to Smoke a Brisket in an Electric Smoker

There is nothing like the succulent and tender meat of a smoked brisket.

The brisket is the cut of meat from the chest of the cow. It can be difficult to cook while keeping it juicy and full of flavor.

So, the best way to smoke a brisket is to take it low & slow, allowing all the connective tissue to break down.

My brisket recipe can take up to 12 hours, but, this masterpiece is worth every hour.

Smoking brisket in an electric smoker is a bit of an art form.

You can test different woods, dry rubs, bastes, wrapping and temperatures.

Over time you will find out exactly what works best for you, and what you consider a perfect brisket.

Let’s check out my smoked brisket in an electric smoker recipe.

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How Long to Cook a Brisket in Electric Smoker

Brisket Size (lb)Smoker TemperatureWrapped?Cook Time Guide
Per Pound of Brisket250 FahrenheitNot Wrapped15 Minutes
Per Pound of Brisket250 FahrenheitWrapped in Foil45 Minutes
Per Pound of Brisket250 FahrenheitWrapped in Butcher Paper1 Hour
Per Pound of Brisket300 FahrenheitWrapped in Foil30 Minutes

Step-By-Step: How to Smoke Brisket in Electric Smoker

1. Pick Your Brisket

Pick the Brisket
The brisket we purchased for the 4th of July weekend

There are a few things you should keep in mind when picking your brisket:

  • Flexibility:
    Look for a brisket that bends or flexes with ease. This means the brisket has a smaller amount of connective tissue. A brisket with less connective tissue will make for a more tender final product.

  • Size and Weight:
    Briskets can come in all different shapes and sizes. From a small trimmed 5 lb cut to a full-sized packer cut. However, the average brisket is 10 to 16 pounds. The size and weight you decide on will depend on several factors. How many people you are cooking for, the size of your smoker, and your budget.

  • The Point and The Flat:
    You may have heard the terms ‘brisket point’ and ‘brisket flat’ thrown around. The point is the fattier part of the brisket.

    The flat is the more lean end. See how to smoke a brisket flat here.

    A packer cut is when the fat has not been trimmed and the flat and point are still connected.

    If you decide to get a packer cut you might want to consider finding one with a thicker flat. This is so both ends cook evenly.

    Note: If you are using frozen brisket ensure you read the guidelines on how to defrost meat safely.

  • Marbling: The marbling is the dispersion of fat in the beef. The more marbling your brisket contains, the better quality it is.

2. Trim Your Brisket

Trim the fat
Trimming my brisket

Trimming the fat is a very important part of the process.

The amount of fat left on the meat has will determine how your meat will cook. A decent fat cap will keep your meat moist.

If you don’t trim enough fat at the top, the smoke will be unable to penetrate the meat as well.

If you trim too much, the beef won’t absorb moisture and will wind up dry.

Steps to Trimming Brisket:

Get The Necessary Equipment:

1. You are going to need a sharp narrow curved boning knife.

The curved blade on this style of the knife will make it easier to remove the larger pieces near the fat cap.

2. You want your brisket to be cold for trimming.

Cold brisket is easier to cut, so trimming the fat right out of the fridge will make it easier for you.

Trim The Brisket:

First off you want to trim the sides, remove any loose pieces of fat, and then move towards the ends.

Make sure to leave around ¼ of fat, as that will protect your beef from drying.

Between the flat and the point, you will find a large thick layer of fat, this is the deckle.

You should remove this because it won’t render while you are smoking a brisket.

Note: some butcher will have already removed the deckle.

Think about where you will place your brisket in the smoker.

If you have areas that run hot, leave a little more fat to protect your meat.

To make sure you get an even cook you want to make sure you keep your brisket as even as possible.

3. Add a Binder and Rub to Your Brisket

Adding a rub to your beef brisket is important.

A dry rub will enhance the natural flavors of the wood chips and brisket.

A dry rub will also help develop a thick crunchy bark and season the meat, to ensure the rub sticks to the meat add a binder, the most commonly used binder is mustard.

You should keep your brisket seasoning simple.

The beauty of the beef brisket is that you don’t need to add too many intense flavors to make it delicious.

Add a dry rub
Our brisket is trimmed and ready for the rub.

My favorite BBQ brisket rub is super easy, you don’t need any kitchen skills, and only takes seconds to prepare.

Throw the following ingredients in a bowl, mix it, and then as the name implies, give the brisket a rub.

Remember to coat the brisket well.

If this mix is not enough for the size of your brisket, simply double or triple the recipe.

  • 3 tablespoons of chili powder (I use 3 tablespoons because I like a lot of heat, adjust this to suit your spice tolerance)
  • 1 tablespoon of Kosher or sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar (trust me, stay away from traditional granulated sugar, this is a big mistake!)
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano (If you have homegrown use this as it gives a more fresh flavor)
  • 3 teaspoons of crushed garlic (I tend to use a lot of garlic because I love garlic, alter this to your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (again I use a fair amount of this, change this measurement to your spice tolerance)

Be sure to taste the rub before adding it to the meat.

The last thing you want to do is add the rub to the brisket and discover you don’t like it.

Note: You can apply your rub the night before. Just make sure you wrap it tightly in cling wrap before returning the brisket to the fridge.

4. Prepare and Preheat Your Smoker

Prepare and preheat your electric smoker

Before you place your meat in your smoker, it is important to preheat your smoker.

Before adding in your brisket, make sure the smoker temperature has stabilized at 225°F.

Maintaining 225°F will give your brisket plenty of time for the connective tissue to break down. This will leave you with a tender & juicy result.

When it comes to managing the fire, it is important to use dry wood chips.

You also want clean smoke, before you add in the meat.

Make sure you let the fire burn down and burn off any dark black smoke, you want a thin blue smoke. The dark black smoke will give the meat a bitter taste.

My favorite wood for smoked beef brisket is mesquite or cherry wood chips.

Oak or hickory are also good options, as they compliment the flavor of the brisket but don’t overwhelm it.

5. Get Your Brisket in Your Smoker

Place your meat in the smoker
  1. Bring Your Brisket to Temperature:
    If you have refrigerated your brisket after adding the dry rub, let it come to room temp. This usually takes around an hour depending on size.

  2. Placing Your Meat:
    Place your beef brisket in your smoker fat cap up. The melting fat soaking through the brisket will help keep the meat moist.

    Just remember, All smokers work differently. If your heat source is coming from below the meat, it’s important to cook with the fat down, as that will avoid drying. If your heat source is to the side always make sure the point end is facing toward the fire.

    Remember that the point has more fat, so it won’t dry out by being closer to the heat. Place the flat near the smokestack, as this part is leaner and can burn easily. Ensure you use a drip pan to reduce the risk of flare-up and catch any of the delcious drippings to use later in a gravy or sauce.

  3. Set The Water Pan:
    Set a pan filled with water/beer/cider, juice, etc in the smoker. Fire draws moisture out of meats, so keeping a pan of water will keep the moisture in the chamber. This also helps the smoke penetrate the meat. Once your smoker lids/ door is closed, it’s time to let the electric smoker work its magic.

    Sit back, grab a beer and watch the smoke.

  4. Don’t Open The Door or Lid!
    This will cause the heat and smoke to escape, and it will take longer to cook. Keep that lid/door closed for as much as you can. If you need to check on the temp using a wireless digital meat thermometer is the best way. This will help avoid heat loss from opening the unit.

  5. After 2 Hours:
    The first 2 hours is when your meat will take in the most smoke flavor. After that time use a spray bottle and spray water, beef stock, vinegar or apple juice onto your brisket. Do this every 30 minutes -1 hour. This will help keep the meat moist, and also help develop that tasty crust (bark).

BBQ Legend Steve Raichlen gives some great advice on dealing with the stall.
A well-documented phenomenon that as you smoke a brisket, the temperature will rise, then stay at around 160 degrees, and actually drops a few degrees, for an hour.

We call this the stall and it results from the evaporation of the moisture from of the brisket“. Steve Raichlen

Steven Raichlen

6. Figure Out How Long Your Brisket Needs

Smoke your brisket

I get asked a lot, “how long do I smoke a brisket per pound?”

The rule of thumb is about 1.25 hours per pound.

But there are so many varying factors.

Each brisket is a different size, along with your type of smoker, weather conditions, and choice of fuel.

Here are the timing and temps of a brisket I cooked last weekend

My Smoked Brisket Cooking Time Calculation

Meathead Goldwyn suggests smoking brisket at 225°F so that is what I always do!

I went with his suggestion and created this calculation for working out how long to cook brisket.

It will take 1 hour and 30 minutes per pound (lb) of brisket at 225°F (or 107°C)

A brisket I smoked last weekend was 9lb. Here is the actual cooking time

9lb brisket x 1.5 hours = 13.5 hours with a cooking temperature of 225 °F

However, please only use this as a rough guide, always remember no two briskets are the same.

Factors such as the thickness of the meat will influence the cooking time.

A beef brisket larger than 12 lbs will take 9 – 12 hours to fully smoke while briskets around 5 lbs will take about 5 hours.

The key is to keep an eye on the temperature of the brisket using a temperature probe.

7. Reaching The Perfect Internal Temperature

Check briskets internal temp

If you find your internal temp reaches 145°F then start to slow down, you may be experiencing “the stall”.

It can take hours for the temperature to get from 145°F to 165°F.

At this point, your brisket is sweating. As the muscles contract in the meat, they push out moisture.

That moisture makes its way to the surface of the meat. It then evaporates and cools the surface temperature of the meat down as well the temperature in the smoker.

If this happens you can do the following:

1. Wrap your meat

The stall is caused when the meat contracts and pushes moisture to the surface of the meat.

The moisture then evaporates into the air and cools the surface of the meat and the temperature in the smoker.

You can stop this from happening by wrapping your meat.

This practice is common with pitmasters and is also known as the Texas crutch.

You can wrap the brisket in aluminum foil or unwaxed butcher paper.

Be sure to make sure that there are no holes or open spots.

Give your brisket a baste with your water/beer/cider, or juice mixture before wrapping. This will ensure it doesn’t dry out.

To know if your brisket is done you are looking for an internal meat temperature of 195 – 203°F in the thickest part of the brisket.

2. Turn Up The Temperatureure

You can try to counterbalance the effects of evaporation by turning up the temperature to 300°.

When your brisket gets to 165° bring the temperature back down.

How to Test if The Brisket Done?

When the meat temp hits 190°F, I start poking it with a thermometer probe.

If it’s done it should slide in and out with very little resistance. should slide in and out with little resistance.

I also prod it with my finger or pick it up, you want it to jiggle. If it moves like jelly it’s most likely done.

8. Rest Your Brisket

Once it reaches 195 – 203°F remove the smoked brisket from your smoker.

Once you have removed the brisket from the smoker, you MUST let it rest. 

Yes I know, if it’s your first time smoking and the smell of your smoked brisket will make you want to eat it right away.

But, letting the smoked beef brisket rest will allow the juices to be dispersed throughout the brisket.

For best results, you need to let your smoked brisket rest until the internal temperature reaches 170°F.

The bad news is this can usually take around an hour.

If you cut it too early all tasty juices will end on your plate or chopping board and it will become a real mess.

Give it some time will ensure you get that tender, juicy perfect bite of meat.

9. Slice Your Brisket

Slice your brisket

For slicing your smoked brisket, you need a cutting board and a serrated knife.

You need one with a blade long enough to slice your brisket in one hit, without shredding the beef.

The flat and the point have different grains. So start by cutting against the grain of the flat.

When you get to the point, turn it around and cut against the grain of the point, and be careful not to scrape off the bark.

Your slices should be around ¼ inch thick or around the thickness of a chopstick.

Only cut the brisket when you are ready to serve it with your favorite side dishes. Cutting the brisket too early will cause it to dry out.

If you are planning to serve it later, keep it wrapped and uncut, to help it maintain all its moisture.

If you need a more in-depth rundown on cutting a brisket check out my step-by-step guide to cutting brisket.

What to do With Leftover Brisket?

There is nothing better than leftovers!

Especially brisket, I think it almost tastes better after a few days!

Just make sure you know how to reheat brisket (so it doesn’t go dry)

Here are a few of my family members’ favorite ways to use leftover brisket!

Recipe for Smoked Brisket

smoked brisket I did over 4th july weekend in my electric smoker
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How Do You Smoke a Brisket in an Electric Smoker?

This is one of those simple and delicious smoked brisket recipes.
In this recipe I use butcher paper to wrap my brisket during the cooking process to avoid the stall – this is totally optional, you can also use aluminum foil.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 hours
Total Time12 hours 10 minutes
Course: main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 155kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 80


  • aluminum foil / butcher paper
  • spray bottle
  • Smoker
  • Wood Chips
  • latex gloves


Spice Rub

  • 3 tbsp chili powder use 1 – 2 if you don't like too much spice
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp oregano preferably fresh if not dried is fine
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 3 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper leave out if you don't like spice
  • 1 tsp onion powder


  • 1 brisket 8 pounds
  • Apple juice, beer, cider, stock, or water for basting


  • Ensure the brisket is at room temperature. If it is in the refrigerator get it out 30 – 40 minutes prior to preparing.
  • Trim your brisket. Trim any excess fat, the deckle and any silver skin. Make sure you trim the fat layer so the brisket is even so you get a nice even cook.
  • Dry rub your brisket. In a medium size bowl add the chili powder, kosher salt, black pepper, brown sugar, oregano, garlic salt, onion powder, cumin, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper and mix thoroughly. Using latex gloves rub the brisket with your rub. Make sure to coat your brisket evenly using all the rub. Depending on the size of your brisket you may need to double the rub recipe to coat it fully. The rub will help add flavor to the brisket as well as help the bark form.
  • Preheat your smoker to 225°F following your smokers manufacturers instructions. I like to use mesquite to my wood chip box, however, feel free to use your favorite wood chips.
  • Once you have pre heated your smoker to 225°F and you have a clean smoke add in your brisket fat side up. Set your thermometer and water pan then close her up. You want to smoke your brisket for 3 hours without opening the smoker. At 3 hours open the smoker and spray with your chosen basting liquid. Do this every 30 minutes.
  • If you find internal temp reaches 145°F then start to slow down, you maybe experiencing “the stall”. It can take hours for the temperature to get from 145 degrees F to 165 degrees F.
    You can wrap the brisket it in aluminum foil or unwaxed butcher paper. Be sure to make sure that there are no holes or open spots. Give your brisket a baste with your water/beer/cider, or juice mixture before wrapping. This will ensure it doesn’t dry out.
  • Smoke for a further 3 – 4 hours or until you achieve an internal meat temperature of 195 – 203°F in the thickest part.
  • For best results let your brisket meat rest wrapped for around 1 hour, or until it has reached a temperature of 170°F.
  • Slice and enjoy your brisket warm with your favorite sides and loved ones.


I am using a 8 pound brisket in this recipe.
Going by my smoked brisket cooking time calculator, here is my cooking time
It will take 1 hour and 30 minutes per pound (lb) of brisket at 225°F (or 107°C)
8lb brisket x 1.5 hours = 12 hours with a cooking temperature of 225 °F

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I get many many questions from my online community about smoking brisket. So I thought I would put a few of the common questions below.

How long does it take to smoke a brisket in an electric smoker?

To smoke a brikset its around 45 – 60 minutes per pound at 225˚F.

This will differ slightly depending on your smoker and the thickness and size of your brisket.

How long do you cook a 3 1/2 pound brisket in an electric smoker?

So for a 3/ 1/2 pound brisket, it will take 5 hours and 15 minutes to cook.

It takes 1 hour and 30 minutes per pound (lb) of brisket at 225°F (or 107°C).

1.5 *3.5 = 5.25 at 225°F

Do you wrap a brisket in an electric smoker?

Wrapping brisket is a controversial topic.

There is no straight yes or no answer. It does come down to personal preference.

When it comes to wrapping brisket you have three options:

Foil Wrap: Smoking brisket in foil is one of the most popular ways to smoke a brisket. This is because the foil creates a mini oven within your smoker. This helps keep your brisket moist and cook it a little bit faster.

However, the downside to wrapping your brisket in foil (the Texas crutch) is that you can’t achieve such thick bark.

Butcher Paper: Wrapping your brisket in butcher paper is similar to foil. However, butcher paper still allows your meat to breathe and the smoke to penetrate.

Butcher paper still creates a little oven inside your smoker and keeps the brisket juicy & moist. The bonus to the heat and smoke being able to penetrate the brisket means you still achieve a decent bark.

No Wrap: The main perk of not wrapping brisket is that you can achieve a much deeper smoke flavor. Since there is nothing between the brisket and the heat source the brisket also has a much thicker bark.

However, the downside to smoking a brisket without wrapping (naked) is that the smoked brisket can dry out much fast, even when cooking low slow.

How long does it take to smoke a brisket at 225?

If you smoke a brisket at 225°F it takes 1 hour then 30 minutes per pound.

Each cook differs depending on the brisket, smoker, and outdoor temperature.

I would highly recommend using a digital meat thermometer to keep an eye on your brisket’s internal temperature.

Why does brisket or ribs stick to aluminum foil when smoking?

If your meat is sticking to the foil try using more baste or liquid.

You can try using parchment paper however it does have a tendency to rip, which means you might lose all your precious meat juices!

How long and at what temp do you cook a 3 lb brisket in a HEB cooking bag?

Preheat oven or grill to 375°F. and remove the brisket from the packaging.

Place a large sheet of heavy-duty foil in a large, shallow baking pan and cook for 30 -40 mins.

On a grill place brisket on grill over low to medium heat, out of direct contact from flame or heat source.

Should I marinate brisket with Lipton onion soup the day before I cook it?

Some of the best brisket sauces are made with Lipton onion soup.

To get the best flavor possible it is recommended to get the marinade the night before.

Looking to cook a fiery brisket bowl?

We recommend checking out this fiery Vietnamese crispy brisket salad, yum!

I want to smoke 5-10 pound brisket do I have to rotate them

There is a lot of debate regarding whether to flip or rotate your brisket.

Some say, start fat cap down (towards the heat) and flip it midway.

Others will tell you never to open the lid until its fully done, it is all trial and error, and what tastes best to you

Difference between flank cut and point cut beef brisket

The flank cut and point of brisket come from underneath the cow, the breast portion is where you will find the brisket whereas the closer to the belly you will find the flank.

Flank steak is good for cooking at a high heat whereas brisket works well for long, slow cooking methods.

Just to note brisket is made up of two cuts, the flat cut, and point cut.

The flat cut makes up the majority of the brisket. It’s is usually longer with a thick layer of fat on top that keeps the meat really juicy and moist when cooked.

This cut is best for slicing and most likely what you’ll find in your supermarket.

Whereas the point cut is thicker, smaller and has more connective tissue, and marbled with fat.

The fat gives it more flavor but you don’t get as much meat. The point cut is usually used shredded for sandwiches or ground into hamburger beef.

Can you season up frozen brisket?

You can season a frozen brisket however you won’t get a penetrate of the flavor into the meat, it will create a great bark though!

Smoked brisket is an absolute classic but it can be tough to get it right.

If you follow my method, you will nail it! If you have any questions, just ask, I am always here to help.

Happy Smoking


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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49 thoughts on “How to Smoke a Brisket in an Electric Smoker”

    1. 5 stars
      Howdy Jay. Thanks for the heads up on this! You want to let your brisket rest until it has reached an internal temperature of 170 degrees. This usually takes about an hour (give or take)

    1. 5 stars
      Howdy H, this does depend on your smoker type, the size of your wood chip tray and the wood chips themselves. However in most cases you would be looking at every 4 – 6 hours.

    1. 5 stars
      Thank you so much for the recipe and tips for the brisket. I smoked a 9lb brisket last Sunday as my first ever attempt at smoking anything using your recipe. My husband, his co-workers and my son-in-law all said it was the “best” most tender and flavorful brisket they have ever eaten. I am hoping it wasn’t beginners luck! Again thank you for the time you spent providing the step by step for what I needed to do. My next challenge is going to be trying to smoke some ribs.

  1. Charlene mcdonald

    Per this article I smoked a 4 1/2 lbs brisket for 5 hours and that’s wasn’t long enough by a couple of hours . Rub tasted great but it probably should have been in 2 hours a lbs

  2. Todd Cashdollar

    My question is, with an electric smoker, do you have to keep adding more wood chips as they burn out? If so, how often on average, do you change chips?
    Also, this may be dumb but — what does cutting with or against the grain mean?

    1. Hiya Todd!!

      No silly questions here (I’ve already asked my dad all of these!!) I usually add me chips when the temp is go to go, then I add more in 20 minutes or so then once a hour. What sort of smoker are you using, it can vary a lot

  3. I plan on smoking about 80 pounds of brisket for a large event – I want to cook this ahead of time, like two weeks or so, and then vacuum seal it and put it in the freezer until just before the event when I will thaw it in the refrigerator. I think it would be best to vacuum seal the brisket whole, still in the foil, once its temperature reduces down to 170 degrees. When I reheat prior to the event, I will slice the meat prior to serving. I would love to hear your thoughts on my plan, your suggestions are welcome

    1. Thanks Hank, I saw you also made the gravy, you must have had a business day cooking!! Love to know what sides you had with your smoked brisket (i looooove the smoked potatoes)!!

  4. Looking to make a 9lb brisket tomorrow ( dry rub tonight ) in a Char Broil electric. Given the size of my cut and the smoker, is it considered ok to just cut the cut in half? Any special place? Thanks for the explanation about the point and flat, maybe right around there?

    Also, the CharBroil recipe seems somewhat close, but a lot more ( 1/4 C vs 1 Tbl for a lot of the big parts. ) Any comment on that? Is it just stronger, or meant for a larger cut?

    Thanks for any insight,
    – Seth

    1. Hi Seth,

      No worries at all! Nothing like a brisket on a Sunday afternoon! I have encounted this with big briskets before, I have tried a few things. You can cut it I would suggest, turning it over, here you you will see a fat vein. Cut following that vein and this will help separate the point from the flat. Make sure when you place then in the smoker the point (the thicker cut) is on the top rack. It has more fat, and will help baste the flat.

      Next option is slightly folding the brisket (emphasis on slight!!) You want to use a wire tray, bend it in the middle like an upside down U. Use the wire tray edges to help maintain the shape.
      The brisket will shrink during your cook and the U will be gone at the end. Not to sure about the Char Broil recipe, when making a rub I always make more than I might need I would go for the bigger measurments!

      Let me know how you go!


  5. Can I cook it the day before and warm it up in overnight with a bit of beef broth . As I need to do a turkey and ribs also.

    1. Hiya Ethel!

      You sure can reheat brisket!! It will be just as delicious if not better! Start by preheating your oven to 325f. Move your brisket into a disposable aluminum tray. I would definitely use beef broth or any cooking juices you have left over from the day before! Make sure you also cover it with aluminum foil! You needs to ensure reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees, will ensure it is safe to serve! Love to hear how you cook out goes!!

      happy cooking,


  6. Can you cook this the day before wrap it then slice pour a bit of beef stock and warm it up. I have ribs to smoke day of the barbecue .

  7. I recently made this beef brisket about 3 weeks ago, and by following your recipe to the point, it came out just fine. My family really enjoyed it so much, that they want me to make it for Thanksgiving. Thank You for placing this recipe on the app.

  8. I have a Bradley Electric Smoker. I am getting the best results by doing the following:
    Temp up to 235
    Brisket wrapped in peach paper fat side down.
    No more than 6hrs in the smoker. (Do not try to cook it to 195 in the Smoker – Has always come out dry)
    Wrap in foil with apple juice or cider and put in the house oven at 225 with a thermometer till 195. – (much faster cook)
    Let rest to 170.
    Cut against the grain. It bloooody delicious thanks for the smoked brisket recipe Charlie!!!!

  9. Mastering the smoked beef brisket has been difficult for me but this has helped me a lot Charlie! Thanks for breaking down how to smoke a brisket in an electric smoker for us dummies!

    1. Hey James!!!

      Stoked your a fan of the brisket, love how to how how you served it and if you had leftover (thats one of my most favorite parts!!!)

  10. A great read! One question I have is do you leave the rubbed brisket in the fridge overnight, before cooking the next day?

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Mark! Only if you have the time, you will get a better bark if you do and a little better peneration of the flavors! You cooking one up this weekend?
      Charlie! 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    Looking forward to trying this! I will be smoking my first brisket this weekend. Glad that I found your step by step guide to break it down. Thanks for posting!

  12. 5 stars
    I just got an electric smoker and bought a 4lb brisket to start with.
    I did the rub. Questions:
    Do I use an aluminum pan in the smoker or lay the meat on the grills and use the pan for drips under.

    With only 4 lbs, what is my total cook time from start to finish?

    Thanks much!
    Leary Hopkins
    Fishers IN

  13. 5 stars
    After the brisket is wrapped in aluminum foil, do you still need to add wood bisquettes to your smoker? I don’t think the smoke can penetrate the foil so what would be the point of keeping the smoke going?

    1. 5 stars
      Hiya Barb,

      You don’t have to add more wood, however, some people like to unwrap the brisket for the last 10 minutes, so it would be worthwhile to have a bit of smoke rolling then. When do you plan on smoking your brisket? Cant wait to hear how it goes 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    Can you use same recipe for pork butt? I cooked one on my own a few weeks ago and I thought it was tuff, I would sure like for this one to turn out better, I will be using your recipe for your beef if I don’t hear back from you, also I plan to marinate over night using the onion soup,just wondering if I should also use apple cider vinegar to help with tenderness? Thanks so much for your help. Using a electric smoker with wood chips.

  15. 5 stars
    My 1st is on the smoker as I type…eek! I usually have someone cook the brisket for me but I am gonna try and tackle it myself this time. I make brisket tacos and although it calls
    For coleslaw & lots of people don’t like coleslaw…it’s a must! And they try it & every single one has loved!!! It’s brisket sliced. Soft shell tacos. ChicFilA dupe recipe for coleslaw. And then mix Franks Hot Sauce, Ranch and a touch of your fave BBQ sauce to taste. The combo is amazing! Wish me luck on my first attempt at smoking my own!

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