Cooking Brisket in a Smoker or on the Grill
How to cook brisket on grills? It’s pretty simple.
You’ll need a cup or two of wood chips if you’re using a smoker. Use enough water to soak the chips for an hour before cooking, then drain them out before grilling. You can also opt to soak the wood chips in beer, wine, or apple juice instead of water to add more flavor!
Using a Charcoal Grill
Coat the brisket evenly with your preferred dry rub. Let the coals reach a medium heat. Use a drip pan filled with an inch of hot water. Add the wood chunks to your charcoal. Place the brisket with the fatty side down on a grill rack over your pan. Cover it and let it smoke for 5 hours (or depending on your recipe).
The optimal temperature for this is 190°F. You’ll know you’re done once the meat is really tender. Halfway through, turn the meat on the other side. You can add more water and charcoal if needed along the way. However, avoid adding wood chunks for the first half of your cooking time.
Using a Gas Grill
Preheat your grill. Coat the brisket evenly with your preferred dry rub. It’s best to use indirect cooking settings for this. Lower the heat down to medium. Add your wood chips. Place the meat on a rack in a roasting pan. The pan should be on a grill rack over a burner that’s turned off. Add about an inch of water to your drip pan, then set your grill rack directly over medium heat. Cover and smoke for as long as your recipe dictates.
Here are a few recipes for making brisket in the grill or smoker:
- The Best Easy Smoked Brisket Recipe (Sweet C’s)
- Authentic Texas Style Smoked Brisket Recipe (Meathead’s Amazing Ribs)
- Texas-Style Barbecued Brisket (Epicurious)