Texas-Style Smoked Brisket Recipe

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Texas-Style Smoked Brisket
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  1. Set the brisket on a large sheet of plastic wrap.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the dark brown sugar, chili power, paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne, dry mustard, and cumin thoroughly.
  3. Rub the mixture onto the brisket and wrap tightly in the plastic wrap.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and let marinate refrigerated at least 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Remove the meat from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature.
  6. Soak mesquite wood chips in a large bowl of water for 1 to 2 hours.
  7. Remove, drain and set aside.
  8. Prepare a smoker with charcoal and the wood chips according to the manufacturer's instructions to 180 to 200 degrees F.
  9. Place the water pan in the smoker and add water to the fill line, about 2/3 full.
  10. Place the unwrapped brisket on the lower rack off the direct heat, close the lid, and cook, regularly stoking the fire and adding additional chips, until an instant-read thermometer registers an internal temperature of 140 to 145 degrees F, about 4 to 5 hours.
  11. Remove the meat from the grill and let rest for 20 minutes before carving the meat against the grain.
  12. (Alternately, prepare a stove-top smoker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Place the unwrapped brisket on the rack over low heat. Close the lid and smoke for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Remove the meat from the smoker and wrap in) BBQ Sauce: In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  13. Add the onions and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes.
  14. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  15. Add the ketchup, brown sugar, cane syrup, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire, hot sauce, Essence, and red pepper flakes and bring to a boil.
  16. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and the flavors marry, 15 to 20 minutes.
  17. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly before serving.
  18. Essence: Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1193.88 Kcal (4999 kJ)
Calories from fat 601.14 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 66.79g 103%
Cholesterol 151.92mg 51%
Sodium 4838.72mg 202%
Potassium 1187.68mg 25%
Total Carbs 95.87g 32%
Sugars 22.55g 90%
Dietary Fiber 9.27g 37%
Protein 55.47g 111%
Vitamin C 35.5mg 59%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 9.3mg 52%
Calcium 169.3mg 17%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 267.6 Kcal (1120 kJ)
Calories from fat 134.74 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.97g 103%
Cholesterol 34.05mg 51%
Sodium 1084.58mg 202%
Potassium 266.21mg 25%
Total Carbs 21.49g 32%
Sugars 5.06g 90%
Dietary Fiber 2.08g 37%
Protein 12.43g 111%
Vitamin C 8mg 59%
Iron 2.1mg 52%
Calcium 37.9mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 28.6
  • 32

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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