Texas Smoked Barbecue Brisket
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Recipe and photo used with permission by the Texas Beef Council. For more beef information and recipes visit www.txbeef.org
- 1 beef brisket (10-12 lbs.)
- 1/4 cup kosher salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cumin
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1/4 cup freshly cracked black pepper
- 2 Tbsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup paprika
- In a large bowl, combine the salt, sugar, brown sugar, cumin, chili powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper and paprika and mix well. Rub brisket thoroughly with this mixture and set aside.
- Build a fire in one half of a large grill. For best results, use an aromatic wood such as mesquite.
- When fire is ready, place brisket on grill, making sure that it is not above any part of the fire. Close grill cover and open vent about 1/2-inch.
- Feeding the fire periodically, cook for 8 to 10 hours or until the meat is very tender. The exterior of the meat should be very black.
- Remove from the fire, trim off excess fat and carve against the grain into very thin slices.