Traeger Brisket Recipe (Simple Smoked Brisket in 6 Steps)

Want to know how to smoke a brisket on your Traeger? I know it can be tricky to smoke a brisket perfectly. So if you want juicy, smoky, tender, and oh-so delicious smoked brisket follow the steps below.

My recipe for smoked brisket always comes out tender, juicy, and so flavorful! Just make sure you have some delicious sides to serve with it.

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What You Need for Smoked Brisket on a Traeger

  • Brisket (beef)
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Avocado oil
  • English yellow mustard
  • Apple cider vinegar or apple juice
  • Worchester sauce
  • Salt & water brine solution
  • Beef rub (or seasoning mix of your choice)
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How To Make A Traeger Smoked Brisket

Step 1: Trim & Brine The Brisket

Trim the brisket and leave about 1/4 of the fat, the fat will protect the meat while it is cooking and also give it more flavor. ab and leave a fat cap on.

Trimming the extra fat off the beef brisket is crucial for ideal cooking. Trim the fat so that about 1/4th of it remains on the brisket. This fat will add flavor to the brisket and aid in cooking.

– Make the salt solution and cover the brisket overnight refrigerated.

Step 2: Add Binder & Spice Rub

Use your brush to cover it in a mustard or oil.

Apply the spice rub liberally all over the brisket using the mustard as glue.

Leave at room temperature for 2-3 hours.

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Step 3: Smoking & Spraying the Brisket 

– Load the pellets, prime, set the grill temperature to 200°F, and wait until up to temp.

– When you are up to temperature, put on the brisket with the fat cap facing the heat source.

– Insert the temperature probe into the thickest part.

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Make a spritz for brisket by mixing either; water, beer, apple, apple cider vinegar with water in a spray bottle and spray every 45 minutes.

After 4-5 hours, turn your brisket fat cap up and wrap the bottom with the fat still exposed.

Step 4: When to Wrap the Brisket?

If the temperature stops rising between 150°F – 160°F wrap the brisket in butchers paper or aluminum foil.

Return to Traeger and cook until the internal temperature reaches 204°F.

Step 5: Rest the Brisket in a Cooler

When it reaches 204°F remove the brisket from the smoker wrap it in a towel.

Then place the brisket it in a cooler to rest until it reaches 140°F

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Step 6: Slice the Brisket

Then unwrap the brisket and move to a cutting board.

Slice brisket against the grain for tender pull-apart slices.

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Why Should I Low & Smoke a Brisket on a Pellet Grill?

It’s simple, the indirect heat and slow cooking create the ideal environment for the brisket. The connective tissue breaks down into juicy gelatin. This leaves you with a juicy and tender brisket.

How to Prepare the Meat Before Cooking

To prepare your brisket, either have you butcher trim it. Or trim the fat and leave 1/4 of an inch of fat yourself.This layer of fat helps the brisket stay moist and protects it from the heat.

If you have the butcher prep it, ask them exactly how much the brisket weighs so we know for later! Leave the meat out of the fridge and season with high smoke oil, kosher salt, and a dry rub for 2 hours before cooking it.

This will help it get to room temperature and the rub to infuse. 

Should I Brine Brisket Meat Before Smoking?

Yes you can brine your brisket before it smoking it.

You should make a brine solution with kosher salt, black peppercorns, and cold water. Submerge the whole brisket and leave this in your refrigerator before cooking for at least 2-4 hours.

Wipe down with a paper towel and leave to air dry for 30 mins and then you can add it to your Traeger smoker after you’ve done the seasoning.

Brining will help tenderize and retain moisture within the proteins and brisket fat.

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What Temperature to Smoke a Brisket

To smoke your brisket you should have your grill set to 205°F – 225°F.

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How Long Do We Need to Cook the Brisket?

Briskets usually take 60 mins per pound to cook. So the average sized beef brisket will take 10-12 hours to smoke but this can also depend on the size.

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What Internal Cooking Temperature Does the Meat Need to Be?

The internal temp of smoked brisket 204°F before you remove it from the smoker Make sure you have an instant-read thermometer to get this accurate and probe it in the thicket part.

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How to Get Brisket Bark

Brisket bark is a crust that occurs when chemical reactions happen through the cooking process. It occurs when the seasonings, spice rubs, and sugars react with fat and hot smoke or heat source. 

The formation is hard in texture and usually a dark brown color, much like tree bark. If done correctly, bark can be a bonus that wraps up all the tender meat around the entire brisket.

For further information on brisket bark see here.

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Should I Wrap the Brisket?

Yes, you should wrap your brisker if it stalls. The stall usually occurs around 150°F-160°F Use either pink butchers paper or aluminum foil to wrap the brisket and return it to the smoker.

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What if You Don’t Have a Pellet Grill?

You don’t have a Traeger pellet grill yet? Don’t worry, we have smoked brisket on every type of smoker and grill available.

Brisket on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill

Smoked Brisket on a Big Green Egg

How Much Pellets Do You Need to Smoke a Brisket?

If you do plan on cooking on a pellet grill make sure you have enough pellets for the whole cook. When you cook a smoked brisket low and slow, you will burn a pound of pellets per hour. So if you have an 8-pound brisket, you can expect the smoking process to take about 12-16 hours. This means you’ll need about 12-16 pounds of pellets.

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Want More Recipes For Your Traeger?

There are so many delicious recipes for the Traeger!

Here are some of our favorites

Traeger Smoked Chicken Wings

Pulled Pork on a Trager

Traeger Onion Bomb

Smoked and Grilled Brussel Sprouts

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What to Serve With Brisket?

The sides are just as important as the brisket! There are dozens of delicious sides to serve with brisket on my site! But I have chosen three of my favorites below.

Smoked Mac and Cheese

Smoked Zucchini

Smoked Beans

See the rest of the sides to serve with brisket here.

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Traeger Brisket Recipe
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Traeger Smoked Brisket

An easy step-by-step guide to creating pitmaster-worthy Traeger brisket.
Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time10 hours
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, main, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill, lunch
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 55

Equipment

  • Traeger electric pellet smoker
  • Butcher paper or tin foil
  • Hickory hardwood chips or other quality pellets
  • Sharp knife
  • Paper towel
  • BBQ Spray bottle
  • Digital meat thermomter
  • Large airtight container
  • BBQ brush

Ingredients

  • 15- pound brisket beef
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Avocado oil
  • English yellow mustard
  • Apple cider vinegar or apple juice
  • Worchester sauce
  • Salt & water brine solution 1 tbs per 1 cup
  • Traeger beef rub or seasoning mix of your choice

Instructions

Step 1: Trim & Brine

  • Trim your brisket using the above tips, and leave a fat cap on.
  • Make the salt solution and cover the brisket overnight refrigerated.

Step 2: Add Binder & Spice Rub

  • Use your brush to cover it in a mustard and oil solution.
  • Apply the spice rub liberally all over the brisket using the mustard as glue.
  • Leave at room temperature for 2-3 hours.

Step 3: Smoking & Spraying the Brisket

  • Load the pellets, prime, set the grill temperature to 200°F, and wait until up to temp.
  • When you are up to temperature, put on the brisket with the fat cap facing the heat source.
  • Insert the temperature probe into the thickest part.
  • Mix the vinegar and Worchester sauce with water and spray every 20-30 minutes.
  • After 4-5 hours, turn your brisket fat cap up and wrap the bottom with the fat still exposed.

Step 4: When to Wrap the Brisket?

  • When it gets to 160°F about 8 hours remove from the grill and wrap in butcher paper.
  • Return to Traeger and increase the temperature to 250°F until the internal temperature reaches 204°F.

Step 5: Rest the Brisket in a Cooler

  • When it reaches 201 degrees wrap in a towel and place it in a cooler to rest for around 90 minute.

Step 6: Slice the Brisket

  • Then unwrap the brisket and move to a cutting board.
  • Slice brisket against the grain for tender pull-apart slices.

Smoke On!

Charlie

Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

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 recipes with you!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

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2 thoughts on “Traeger Brisket Recipe (Simple Smoked Brisket in 6 Steps)”

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve read through your “Smoke a Brisket” on Traeger. I’d love to try it! It says in the very beginning to trim your brisket using the above tips….
    There are no ‘above tips’?
    I have never smoked, cooked or trimmed a brisket. My first ever brisket is taking a lot of space in my freezer! Would you kindly share your trimming tips?
    Thank you!

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