pellet grill brisket

Pellet Grill Brisket Recipe

Pellet Grill Brisket Recipe

The only thing it takes to create amazing brisket on a pellet grill is time! Some folks might claim that the only way to produce a brisket with authentic Texas-style bark and a smoke ring is by cooking it on a stick burner pit, but I’m hear to show you how you can do it on a pellet grill. With a few simple seasonings, some butcher paper, and plenty of low and slow hours on a pellet grill, you will blow your friends and family away with this pellet grill brisket. I start with a full packer brisket weighing in at 16lbs – I was lucky enough to catch this Certified Angus Beef brisket at my grocery store. The first step is to trim the brisket. For this, I’m using my Red Handle 6″ Boning Knife. pellet grill smoked brisket Remove the thick “vein” of fat located between the flat and point. Take off any discolored or “grey” looking meat from the edges. This is where the meat oxidizes a little in the packaging. I also trim the thin edge on the flat because it will over cook and crumble. Round off the tip of the flat as well as most of the silver skin on top. On the fat side of the brisket I knock it down to 1/4” thick. I like fat on the bottom of my slices but it doesn’t need to be too thick. Also the fat will help insulate the brisket during the long cook. trimming brisket Now that it’s trimmed you want to get some seasoning on the brisket. I use a layer of my Killer Hogs Hot BBQ Rub. It has a little more pepper and less sugar than my regular rub and goes great on Beef. I also layer on a light coat of my Killer Hogs TX Brisket Rub for added salt and texture. pellet grill smoked brisket recipe You can use any seasoning you want just give it a good coat; brisket is a big cut of meat and needs plenty of seasoning. The seasoning goes on a few hours before the brisket hits the pit. This gives the seasonings time to work on the brisket. You want at least an hour but up to 4 hours is perfectly ok. seasoned smoked brisket When it comes to cooking brisket on a pellet grill you can plan on it taking upwards of 16 hours on a brisket this size. I start the brisket out overnight. At 10:30 pm the pellet grill is fired up to 195 degrees running pecan pellets. It’ll take about 20 minutes or so for the grill to stabilize. The brisket goes on the pit fat side down and then it’s time for me to go to bed. The pellet grill does all the work for you; just make sure you have plenty of pellets in the hopper. smoked brisket on a pellet grill After 8 hours in the smoke, a beautiful bark is set on the brisket and it gets what I call “the meat sweats”. Moisture will start seeping out of the flat and accumulating on the top side. This is exactly what you want to see. At this point it’s time to wrap. pellet grill brisket recipe To keep all that delicious bark we worked so hard to create the brisket gets wrapped in butcher paper (you can find some food safe butcher paper on Amazon) If you use foil the bark will steam and turn soft but by using a good peach butcher paper the bark is preserved and has perfect texture. Tear off 2 strips of paper about 48” each. Overlap the paper to form one wide sheet. Place the brisket in the center of the paper and fold one end up and over the flat tucking it tight. Bring the opposite end up and over and tuck it under the point end. Fold the edges underneath the brisket forming one “package”. Before placing it back on the grill insert a probe thermometer (I use a Thermoworks DOT) into the center of the flat. Internal temp at this point will be somewhere around 150-160 degrees. Place the brisket back on the pit fat side down. (The folds of the paper will be on the bottom if you did it right.) Now continue to cook the brisket until the internal hits 200 degrees. The pit can be bumped up to 250 degrees at this point and it should take a little over 8 hours to finish. wrapped smoked brisket When the DOT alarm goes off verify the internal temperature by using a Thermapen or other hand held thermometer. You want to feel for a soft texture in the flat and point. The flat should match the DOT alarm and the point will be a few degrees higher. The cooking part is finished at this point but the brisket still needs to rest before slicing. Place it in a dry “empty” cooler with the lid on and let it set for a couple hours. This will give the brisket time to relax and will make for a juicer brisket in the end. smoked brisket recipe After the rest, remove the brisket from the butcher paper and place on a cutting board. Use a 12” brisket slicer and start at the flat end. Cut the brisket into 1/4” slices stopping once you get towards the end of the flat. At this point turn the point end 90 degrees and slice the point into slices as well. You can trim the edges into burnt ends for a real treat. sliced smoked brisket This brisket will rival any “stick burner” out there. The slow time in the smoke at the beginning of the cook works magic on the bark just practice patience and let the pellet grill do all the work. Print
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pellet grill brisket

Pellet Grill Brisket


The only thing it takes to create amazing brisket on a pellet grill is time. With a few simple seasonings, some butcher paper, and plenty of low and slow hours on a pellet grill, you will blow your friends and family away with this brisket.




  1. Trim thick area of fat from brisket, remove thin edge and any silver skin from top of flat.  Flip the brisket to fat side and take it down to 1/4”.
  2. Season the brisket with Hot Rub followed by TX Brisket Rub.
  3. Rest brisket for a few hours before placing on pit.
  4. Prepare pellet grill for low and slow smoking at 195 degrees using pecan pellets.
  5. Place brisket fat side down on pellet grill and smoke for 8 hours.
  6. Wrap brisket in butcher paper, insert probe thermometer into center of flat, and place back on smoker. 
  7. Increase smoker temp to 250 degrees and continue cooking brisket until internal temperature reaches 200 degrees.
  8. Rest brisket in a dry cooler for 2 hours.
  9. Slice into 1/4” slices starting with flat.  Rotate point and slice it into slices as well, removing the edges and slicing them into cubes for burnt ends. 

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  1. With a full pellet hopper were you able to go through the night without re-filling the hopper? I have not had my pellet grill for long and was just curious about how long a full hopper would take to burn down. I would hate to ruin a cook because I ran out of pellets.

    1. On my PitBoss is holds 20 lbs of pellets and I’ve easily gone 12 hours cooking that low. So I would say yes for the initial cook. Would have to refill at the stall.

      Hope this helps

    2. It will depend on how big your hopper is. A 20 lb hopper that low should go for at least 12 hours. I have a 40 lb hopper, so I can only guess. Just fill up before you go to bed or are going to be away from it for an extended period of time. If you have a wifi controller, you will know if the temps drop off.


    3. I haven’t done this recipe yet but at that low of heat depending on your hopper size it should be fine cooking over night, it takes me about two cups of pellets for every hr I’m cooking…

    4. My first over night cook was tonight, I filled my hopper up at 1am after 5hrs it was only down two inches, more than 10lbs if pellets left.

    5. It depends on your feed rate, but on my recteq RT700 I use about a pound per hour. I have a 40 pound hopper so 40 hours. This is why I bought the recteq. I never have to worry about pellets running out through the cook.

    6. Tom, after about 140 the meat will no longer absorb the “smoke” and you can finish it in the oven if You ran out of pellets.

      1. Exactly what i do, but at the wrap stage. At 195 my GMG only uses 15% of the hopper, and oven finishes at 250. We like the smell in the house!

    7. I went through the whole night no problem using Traeger 575. Temp was in 40s. After I wrapped and bumped temp to 250 I had to add pellets

  2. Malcolm, you do not know the effect you had on this old worn out Marine. I retired after thirty two yeas service, thought this going to be the high part of my life…..wrong. I was totally lost, not knowing what to do or anything else, I was getting to the point of what the heck,I am just flat out worthless. I did not care if tomorrow came or not. Then I started watching your videos on you tube, why, I could not tell you, the more I watched the more interest came about. Being retired military I can not afford a good grill, I am limited on cuts of meat I can buy but Malcolm your videos gave me some thing to look at and wonder if i could BBQ like that, you put meaning back where it used to be. I look forward to new videos. Thank you for giving me some thing to fill the hole I was in…….!

    1. Skip… Thank you for your service. My greatest regret in life was not serving. Just a month shy of my actual enrollment, I chose to pursue a career elsewhere. I should not complain because it has allowed me to earn a living. Modest, but decent. I mention that because, sir, I hope you never feel the need to search for your purpose in life again. There are millions of us that are thankful for your sacrifice. Your career has given your life more purpose than most of us can imagine. I’m forever grateful and we are forever indebted to you and your brothers and sisters in the armed forces. Thank you!

      1. On behalf of me and my family, Thank You Skip! We are greatfull and look up to the hero’s that served our nation!

    2. Skip, I will never fully understand the sacrifice those who served have endured, nor will you ever truly understand the thanks that the rest of us feel. I am proud that I live in a country where people like you have forged a path of freedom. I stand and get teary eyed every time we salute you.

      1. Skip, did you ever get that grill that you were dreaming of? If not, I have the first $100 to contribute to your purchase! Thanks for your service!!!

          1. Did Skip get a new smoker? I got the rest of the new smoker, (or all of it). Personally I have a pit boss from Walmart and I love it…if that works. Skip, if you can give me an address, I will send you one. Thank you for your service. I estimate the hopper will run 24+ hours without refilling at 200.

  3. I have a Junior Elite T. After the initial 8 hrs of smoke at 195 degrees and then wrapped and put back on pellet grill for 8 another hours at 250 degrees. For the second half of the cook could I put the wrapped brisket in the oven at 250 degrees til internal of 202 degrees. Why burn through the pellets if it’s no longer going to be taking on smoke. Thanks Malcom! Love your videos and podcast!

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  4. Hi Malcolm,

    I just bought a 12lb brisket and am new to this. Do you think my cook time will roughly be around 12 hours if I follow the steps you’ve provided? Only difference being is I have a tin foil wrap.

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  5. Hi Malcom – I’m an a mature in need of help. I tried to follow this for a 13lb’r and didn’t get a great result. The flat was really dry and didn’t bend down around a fork; it pulled more like roast beef. I took it to 205 over 16hrs and rested for around an hour. Did I go too long?

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      1. Hey Malcolm,

        When you’re resting the brisket after trim/seasoning before putting it on the grill are you keeping it at room temp or back in the fridge?

    2. I did a 16.5 lb brisket and followed this recipe. Except I put it on my Traeger at 1am. instead of 11:00 pm It took 14 hr and 30 min. I let is rest 3 hrs. It turned out excellent.

  6. Malcom, What about doing this in a standing smoker like a masterbuilt. This is what i have and enjoy cooking with it, i know it’s not the best system out there but it works well i believe. downfall is you need to keep recharging the wood chips but for now this is what we do.

  7. Great stuff, Malcolm – thank you. One question – in other brisket videos, you’ve injected with beef broth, but didn’t do so here. Is there any downside to injecting a brisket cooked on a pellet grill? If not, would you do any of the other steps differently if it were injected?

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  8. That brisket looked amazing and had such great bark for a pellet smoker! I haven’t cooked at this low of a temp before- I can only find flats right now, would you expect the cook time to be 1 hour per pound at these temps or would an 8.5lb flat take closer still to the house 16 hours the full brisket took?

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  9. I just did a twelve lb full brisket on my BGE, at 245. I was planning on it taking around twelve hours but I hit 195 at the six and a half hour mark. Any idea what could have allowed this cook so fast?

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      To be that hot and fast – it had to be cooking at a higher temp. You might want to get a grate temp or a cheap oven thermometer to set on the grate to verify those temps.

      1. I’ve also found by trend analysis using my basic Traeger and the Thermoworks Smoke X monitoring system that your local ambient temperatures REALLY play into the cook times! Ie. a brisket, ribs, etc done during the summer here in Tampa, FL. cooks a hell of a lot faster at the same set “temp” then my turkey breasts did in the winter months around Nov/Dec. Summer time ambient temps around 95 degrees on the patio vs. 65 degrees during the holiday cook sessions. I noticed significant cook time variations based on the season/temps. Your cook temp is only half the equation! My advise is to get a good temp monitoring system which saves your cooks. You can then adjust timing and temps for the season and ambient temp differentials. Cheers!

  10. First time smoking a brisket.
    It is 10 lbs and I am using a Rec Tec pellet smoker
    Not sure how many hours to cook unwrapped and then how many to cook wrapped.
    Serving it in the evening around 6 pm.
    Super excited

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      I cook it until it has the bark I want – usually around 160 internal – then I wrap. Then I cook it wrapped until it hits 198-202 internal (and feels like you a probing butter). Then I place it in a dry cooler and let it rest for at least 1 hour (but you can go up to 4-5 hours and it only gets better with the rest). So give yourself plenty of time and go by internal temps instead of times.

  11. Hi just wandering, every time I cook brisket it always comes out really stringy, and I was just wandering if their is anything that I’m doing wrong.
    Thanks Brian

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      1. Why cook fat side down? I’ve seen most recipes call for cooking fat side up? I appreciate your videos & info! Thank you.

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          I like to go fat side down because the fat protects the brisket while it cooks – and it allows you to build that great bark on top of the brisket. Some people like to go fat side up because they say the fat cooks in the meat, but I’ve never noticed it makes any difference on the juiciness of the brisket and you don’t get the bark.

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  12. Curiously speaking I would think also the time of year and exterior temperature will speed the cooking as well. I had a 7lb brisket a few weeks back and I estimated about and hour and fifteen minutes cook per pound but it ended up cooking in about 6 hours. I then rested it for about three hours, Tender and juicy. I have noticed the same when cooking ribs as well.

  13. I am just curious – you said this was 16 lb. brisket and you did some extensive trimming. How much did you actually trim off ? I am trying to get an idea of cook time by weight. I know we go by temperature.
    thanks in advance.

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  14. Malcom, I’ve used a lot of your recipes and none disappoint, I appreciate the easy to follow videos and the recipes !

    I am having an issue with consistency on brisket I hope you can help me with…I have cooked 7-8 full briskets on my Traeger pellet grill and have followed time and temp recommendations and most have been perfect. I have had 2 instances where the Flat was good but Point has been tough and unedible. Wondering if I’m doing something wrong or just got a bad brisket, thx

  15. Hey Malcom, love all your videos man. I’ve used a handful of them to walk me through some cooks that have turned out really well. I’ve done a brisket on a traditional stick burner before. Now I’m getting ready to give it my first go on my PitBoss. I’ve got a 17lb brisket before trimming. I’m thinking I’m going to follow what you have going in this video the only thing I’m trying to decide is I’m wanting to make some burnt ends to go with my slices and I think I want to cook my brisket whole like you have. My question to you would be at what point would be best to separate my point and flat? My thoughts are get the flat up to that nice soft feel 200 or so and separate at that time. Rest my flat in a cooler and get to cubing and tossing my point in a pan with whatever sweet bbq nectar of the gods I’m feeling at the time and let that magic happen while my flat is resting. Just wondered what your process is if you are cooking a full brisket when you would separate the two? I’ve seen your video where you separate the two before the cook. Do you ever do something similar to how I’m talking about going about it? I’m all about the low and slow and I’m fully expecting to not be finishing up my cook until sometime the next evening. Just wanting to do this bad boy right. Thanks in advance. I appreciate any advice you might have to offer.

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      Sounds like you got the right idea! Most of the time the point is where it needs to be once the flat is done. You can always separate the two from the beginning and get the most bark and tenderness as possible on both. Good luck and appreciate the support!

  16. Malcolm,
    Great brisket recipe, the results were fabulous! Went 6 hours unwrapped and 4 wrapped on just a flat,which is all we can get here and it was perfect. Used your AP seasoning and followed that with your BBQ Rub.
    Question, since typicality all we can get here is just the brisket flat, they always come with a lot of silver skin on the top side. I struggle with removing the silver skin without gouging the heck out of the brisket. Is there a secret to removing the silver skin from the brisket??

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  17. I have not used the paper wrap before and wonder how much difference it would make if it is wrapped in foil? It seems that you lose a lot of juice with the paper wrap but does the amount of bark offset that? Thanks!

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      Yeah – you do loose some of the rendered juice but it doesn’t affect the juiciness of the brisket at all. And you do get a much better bark with butcher paper.

  18. Just picked up a 13# brisket, never done one before so I am quite nervous. You used the butcher wrap, will foil work just as well? Will it alter the cook time/temps at all? Thanks

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  19. Hey Malcom! I love your recipes. You’ve made me a party hero at my house. I was wondering about the spice level from using the hot rub. I’ve got some kids that will be eating the brisket this weekend and just wondered how much of a kick that gave on this cook. Thanks!

  20. Looks amazing Malcom! Are you just cutting the fat vein out without separating the point from the flat? Is there a way to do burnt ends with this recipe or are you just slicing the point with the flat?

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      I just removed most of that fat vein. And you can separate it and make burnt ends when it’s done – just let the flat rest and cube up the point, throw it in a pan with sauce and let it keep cooking for those “burnt ends”

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  21. Great post thanks share.David Brown famous for delicious smoker recipes, expert cooking methods, cooking tips, and tricks as well as for his cooking recipes.

  22. Hey Malcom it looked like the bag of pellets you were adding to the hopper in the video had apple written on it. In the recipe it says use pecan pellets. Did you use apple pellets in the video ?

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      Not sure what that clip was, but I do prefer using pecan pellets with brisket. Sometimes hickory and pecan mixed. But you can use whatever pellet flavor you like.

  23. Getting ready to start brisket tonight at your direction. Curious at fat side down instead of up like all others say?

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  24. Awesome pellet grill brisket. My Traeger does not have a 195 degree setting, so I did about 9 hrs on smoke at 180 degrees. Had like a half inch smoke ring.

    Happy Independence Day!

  25. Tried this brisket for the first time over the weekend on our Yoder 480 and it turned out phenomenal. Used pecan pellets and had an incredible smoke ring although I was cooking a 12 pound brisket it did take me around 18 hours to achieve 200 internal temperature but I believe that was due to the stall I encountered

  26. Malcom, Can you speak to the USDA 40 – 140 rule when cooking below 225. I’ve always been taught to follow that. If cooking below 225 the meat risks not getting to 140 in 4 hours. The rule states that can be a bad thing that is not safe. There is a new wave of pellet smokers that are cooking below 225 like this for extended periods of time and I wondered your thoughts on that.

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  27. Your recipe and instructions were excellent. The amount of detail was great. I just made my first brisket today. It came out perfect, smoky, tender with nice bark. I used a pellet smoker to cook the 16 lb brisket with salt/pepper and crusting rub. The butcher paper that I ordered didn’t arrive in time, so I used parchment paper which worked great. I followed your timing with slow smoke over night followed by wrapping and finishing plus long rest. Thanks. I will be making brisket again.

  28. I use a basic S&P rub on mine, let it sit for 1 hour before placing in fat cap up in my pitboss copperhead on the rack above a pan of water under in the drip tray. Set the smoker to “smoke” setting for 1 hour them spritz with apple juice before bumping temp to 225°. Continue to spritz every hour until internal temp reaches 165 (usually around 4 to 6 hours…your results may vary… I usually cook 60 to 100 lbs per time). Once at 165° I wrap in peach butcher paper as above until internal temp of 203° is achieved at which time I pull from heat and wrap the brisket and paper in aluminum foil then wrap the foil wrapped meat in an old towel and place in cooler for up to 6 hours to rest. Super tender every time.

    1. Forgot to mention, I bump smoker to 275° once I wrap to finish them off. Usually takes me 12 to 14 hours to do a 100 lbs this way, plus rest time (DO NOT SKIP RESTING THE MEAT!!)

  29. Followed Malcom’s directions using my Camp Chef pellet grill with Traeger Oak pellets.

    12 lb brisket; ran it for 8 hours @ 200F from 23:30 to 07:30. Sprayed it down with some water once at 3:30. Wrapped it up and took it to an IT of 201F by 13:15.

    After a 3 hour rest in the cooler, I unwrapped, sliced, and got rewarded with absolute perfection. Bark was perfectly set and the smoke flavour was very pronounced. Flat stood up to slicing and pulled apart beautifully with little resistance. Point was to die for.

    Budget yourself 1.25 hours per pound and do not rush it or crank the heat. Give yourself lots of time and take it up to at least an IT of 200.

    This recipe is a winner 5/5

  30. I adjusted the times for a smaller brisket but generally followed your lead. Got a killer crust, gorgeous smoke ring, and the pull was perfect. Thanks for the solid instructions!

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  31. Spot on recipe! Just finished my first brisket. Cook time was a bit longer, just a shade over 17 hours. I used Traeger’s Texas Beef pellets. I left the thermometer in while it rested in the cooler. Nice to keep an eye on what was happening. Thanks Malcom!

  32. You are the man Malcom! This recipe made for an amazing brisket. Smoked up an 18+lb beauty this weekend on my Timberline, and it turned out fabulous. Came in just over the 15 hour mark, which surprised me a bit with the extra weight. So moist and delicious. Good thing… because we are gonna be working through it for a few more days of leftovers! Thanks!

  33. I made my first brisket the other day following this recipe and it was awesome!! Thanks for the detailed video. I can’t wait to make this again.

  34. Malcolm,
    Having problem getting the brisket tender. Typically will be smoking just the flat (8-9 lbs).
    Run the smoker around 200 for the first 3 hours or so, until I start to see moisture on the top of the brisket. Then will wrap and go to 225 until hitting around 200-205f. The brisket has a fair amount of smoke and because of using your rubs great flavor, hust can’t get it tender. Where am I going wrong?
    I should note I’m using a Pit Boss smoker and it tends to run just a little hotter than set point.

    Thanks for the help!

  35. I always trust hour advice Malcom. You have turned my Bbq skills to an incredible level. With your advice I have the confidence to concur any Bbq challenge. Your direction is simple and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing all you know. So much Appreciated!

  36. Did your brisket recipe last week it was amazing
    18 lbs brisket followed the recipe it was done in 14 hr put in in a cooler for about 4hr Moist tender good bark used my GMG pellet smoker served it with your bbq beans Thanks for another great recipe

  37. This was my second time using this recipe. First time it was good but I didn’t wrap as tight and I cooked fat up. This time I followed it to a tee other than makiwith temperature a bit here and there and OMG it was absolutely amazing. Great bark, beautiful smoke ring, juicy and extremely flavorful. I nailed it!!! Thank you

  38. This was my second time using this recipe. First time it was good but I didn’t wrap as tight and I cooked fat up. This time I followed it to a tee other than making some slight adjustments with temperature a bit here and there and OMG it was absolutely amazing. Great bark, beautiful smoke ring, juicy and extremely flavorful. I nailed it!!! Thank you

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      It’s about keeping that internal temp above 140. Some resultants have proofing cabinets that allows them to hold meat for hours safely. If you are holding it in a dry cooler at home, I would say 4-6 hours is your window.

  39. I loved it. I am going to make this recipe tomorrow. Thank You a lot. Are you going to share more recipes in near future? If “YES” then I am going to bookmark your website right now.

  40. Malcom, I’m going to do a 13# Brisket. Is your recipe basically 1 hour per pound or more about temperature? At 150F wrap and when it reaches 200F take it off and rest it? Your recipes are always spot on. I know this is only 13# but it’s a 4 person family so it’s plenty big enough for us. Thanks for your time, Scott

  41. Just wanted to drop a note: I’ve made this brisket recipe twice now and it is absolutely killer. Getting ready to start another tonight for New Year’s. Thanks for this, Malcolm!

  42. Malcolm great video. I liked the way you explained everything in layman’s terms. The fat stuck to the paper, and the bark on top was a little stringy. I pulled it at 150 and wrapped in paper and took it to 200. 2 hours in the cooler. Too long?

  43. Malcolm,
    I am experimenting with grass fed/finished beef. How would you change your recipe? I know the cook time should vary significantly. Thanks so much for everything you do!!!

  44. We’ve used this recipe several times now and it’s pure gold!
    Everyone is amazed how a brisket can be this good, including myself as I didn’t like beef briskets until now!

  45. If pulling brisket off and say going to rest it for 4-5 hrs prior to event would you suggest removing butcher paper and wrapping in foil before cooler of letting it ride in same butcher paper for that long in cooler?

  46. I accidentally pierced my brisket through the bottom with a temp probe, now the juices are leaking out of the bottom, is there any way to save the brisket or is it just going to be dry now?

  47. This is a simple but long cook. The meat turned out soooo juicy. It just melted in my mouth with minimal work to chew it. Absolutely Marvelous! Thanks!

  48. Have used this recipe twice on my Grilla Grills Chimp. Used Malcolm’s Kiler Hogs Hot BBQ and Brisket rubs. The common reaction has been this is the best thing I have ever tasted. By the way this was y first and Second briskets, so Malcolm had me cooking like a pro out of the gate!

  49. When I do briskets this way, I do it at 225 the whole time wrapping it at the the same time as you etc. What is the advantage of starting at 195 and then upping the temperature to 250?

  50. If you do it right you don’t need the Texas crutch, I’m from Texas and I’ve never wrapped a brisket, not once…. EVER… and never will. I’m not saying it’s wrong to wrap if that get’s your results, I’m just saying I don’t need too.

  51. First time smoking a brisket. I thought this recipe would work best because I am handicapped in that I can only have an electric smoker and the fact I only have access to a cheap supermarket brisket. I used Killer Hogs TX brisket rub and smoked it overnight at 190 for 8 hours then wrapped in butcher paper and dialed the heat up to 250 for another 10 hours. The bark was perfect and although the flat was a bit dry, it was perfectly tender. Nothing a little Killer Hogs vinegar sauce to fix it. Now the point was different. It shredded like pulled pork and came out great. My wife said it was better that pulled pork and we are from North Carolina. When I wrapped the brisket it was temping at 137. Next time, I think I may bump the starting temp to 205 so hopefully it will temp close to 165. Hopefully that will cut back on the cook time and have a bit more moisture in the fiat. Any suggestions around be greatly appreciated.

  52. Hey Malcolm: how much does the altitude play into the cook? Last week, I did your pork butt without the wrap. I have a Yoder. It turned out awesome but took 17.5 hours.

    This week, I currently have a brisket on the Yoder and wrapped after 8 hours at 161. We’re currently almost 18 hours in and are only at 187. I budgeted for extra time this week for a longer smoke but I’m on pace for around 24 hours on the grill. Is this something I should just expect being at an altitude of 6,300 ft?


  53. He’s right I do my briskets the same way… Comes out money every time…. Some cook faster than others but as long as you do the 8 hr initial slow smoke and wrap in butcher paper after it just goes by feel afterwards… I probe at times but just grabbing and feeling it works the best. Once it becomes plyable… Just giggly you know it’s ready to rest…

  54. Flavor was great but dry trying to figure out where I messed up? 9.7lb did 195 for just under 5 hours and was at 152 degrees. Cooked 4 hours more and thickest part of point at 202. Rested in cooler for 3 hours.

    Just trying to determine what I did wrong for next time l

  55. Do you not use the same temps for a flat?

    I cooked a 6lbs flat following this recipe. Cooked at 200 until it reached 165 about5 hours then wrapped and raised temp to 250 until it reached 195. Let rest for 2 hours and the flavor was good but it felt a little tough or overcooked. I thought if I stuck with the internal temps it should be bullet proof?

  56. Everyone thinks I’m awesome with the pellet grill, but I definitely watch your videos before smoking!

  57. I marinated mine with Kosmos and followed Malcolm’s instructions. Best Brisket I’ve ever made. Although it takes much longer, We prefer this style Brisket over the Mixon Hot and Fast style

  58. Looking to make this soon! Quick question…my smoker doesn’t have a 195 setting. I can either do 190 or 200. Which temp should I go with? Does that 5 degree variance matter a ton?

  59. Thanks, Malcom! This is only my second brisket, but I followed your recipe to the letter and it turned out awesome! Even got rave reviews from my son who is somewhat of a barbecue snob. The only thing I noticed was when I increased the temperature after wrapping to 250 I got a temperature spike to over 300, but that’s the smoker- it’s kind of small- a Louisiana sl700 from Costco, so I backed off and raised the temp gradually. Total cook time on a 19 lb prime brisket trimmed to 13 lbs was 15 hrs (8 over night, 7 wrapped) with a 3 hour rest. Perfect! Thanks so much!

  60. I have tried about ten of your recipes throughout your site. Going back to the basics for opening weekend of college football. Brisket and lobster Mac.

    Do you ever use a binder with your briskets?

    1. Anyone use a binder with a brisket? I have tried yellow mustard with a pork butt and didn’t taste it…assume I can do the same with a brisket but some reassurance would be nice! 🙂

  61. Thank you for your fantastic recipe! I did my first brisket yesterday (into today) on my Recteq 700 using your method. It was a HUGE hit at my son’s birthday party. Your videos are very helpful and I look forward to more cooks using your recipes. Your rubs are excellent as well! Thanks again!

  62. Great information Malcom. I’ve enjoyed all your videos. I have only been smoking meat for a year, all on a $500 pellet smoker. My friends and family think I am an artist but all I do is follow your directions word for word. Keep up the great work.

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