Classic Smoked Beef Brisket

Classic Smoked Beef Brisket

This Smoked Beef Brisket Recipe will take time but the mouthwatering result is worth the wait.
Servings 24
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes


  • Z Grills Pellet Smoker
  • Z Grills Hickory Wood Pellets


  • 1 whole beef brisket (12 to 13 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup granulated garlic
  • 1/4 cup sweet paprika
  • 1/4 cup cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt


  • Preheat your Z Grills pellet smoker to 225°F.
  • Use a sharp knife to trim excess fat from the brisket (You may substitute brisket flat or point for whole brisket).
  • In a small bowl, combine garlic, paprika, pepper, and salt. Sprinkle and press evenly into beef Brisket on all sides and edges.
  • Place brisket on the grill. Smoke the brisket for 3 hours.
  • After 3 hours, remove the brisket from the grill and wrap it in foil.
  • Continue smoking the brisket until the internal temperature reaches 195°F for brisket that slices easily. This may take about another 8 hours. For brisket that can be shredded or chunked, smoke the brisket when the internal temperature reaches 205°F.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked

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