How to Cook Brisket

Brisket is meat cut from the breast or lower chest of an animal. Commercially available ones are often cut from veal and beef. There are several ways to cook this cut, and one of the most popular dishes is barbecued beef brisket.




  • 1 trimmed beef brisket
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • charcoal briquettes (8 to 10 lb)
  • 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 4 cups mesquite chips


For the Mop Sauce


  • 5 pieces minced bacon
  • 1 ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 cup of minced onions
  • ½ lemon, quartered
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper


For the Dry Rub


  • 1 tbsp white peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika

1. Prepare the grill. Soak the mesquite chips in water.

2. Make the mop sauce:

a. Cook the pieces of bacon in medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes until they are translucent.

b. Add the onions and continue cooking for 5 minutes until they are lightly brown.

c. Transfer the onions and bacon to a saucepan.

d. Add the remaining ingredients.

e. Simmer for 15 minutes then set aside.

3. Make the dry rub:

a. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.

b. Mix the rub thoroughly.

c. Spread the dry rub on the brisket until all its parts are coated.

d. Sprinkle sugar on both sides of the meat.

e. Rub vinegar on both sides of the meat.

4. Let the coal in the grill heat up until they are covered with white ash. Then, place the wood chips on the coals. When ash starts to form on the chips, close the grill’s vents halfway.

5. Put water in a small pan and place it at the bottom of the grill. Place the meat on the grill. Make sure that the brisket is directly over your drip pan.

6. Cook the brisket for two hours. Turn it over halfway through. Apply the mop sauce on the brisket and cook for another two hours.

7. Afterwards, heat your oven to 250 degrees. Wrap your brisket in foil and place it on a roasting pan. Bake it in the oven for six hours.

8. Serve.