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There is no denying the fact that very few dishes are as mouth-watering as the classic Texas style smoked brisket. If you ask yourself, is the smoked food good for you and your family? A resounding ‘yes’ will be the answer. This quintessential barbecue is a firm favorite for many beef lovers due to its amazing spine-tingling flavor. Nevertheless, making this dish can seem a little daunting if you are a first-timer.
There are different recipes and methods that you can use to prepare a perfect Texas style brisket. However, in this post, we are going to run through a simpler, and more traditional way of making this delicious meal.
Without further ado, let’s jump right into it.
Before you embark on preparing the Texas style smoked brisket, you need to ensure that you have all the necessary tools and appliances at hand. These include:
Having the right smoker is crucial when making the Texas beef barbecue. Any pellet or charcoal-based smoker will do, although I would highly recommend one that can achieve high temperatures of up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Have a large cutting board, where you can slice your beef before grilling
Texas Style Smoked Beef Brisket
Preparation Time: 40 minutes to 1 hour
Cooking Time: 13 to 15 hours
Resting Time: 1 hour
With all the necessary tools at hand, you are now ready to begin preparing the Texas style barbecue brisket. Don't worry if you've never done this before. The process is fairly simple and easy, so it shouldn’t be very difficult to make this delicious dish even if it is your first attempt.
Here is a step by step guide on how to make the Texas Style brisket:
1. Select the Right Beef Cut
In order to get the best Texas style barbecue, you need to select the highest quality of brisket that you can find. I would highly recommend picking a beef cut with a visible fat striation. Don't worry too much about the fat cap, since you will most likely trim a large percentage prior to grilling. The goal here is to get the right marbling in order to make your briskets a lot more juicier.
I would also advise you to avoid corned beef - which is essentially a brisket that has been preserved with flavorings and salt. This type of brisket won't work well if you are making a Texas style smoked brisket, and may even make the overall flavor of the meat less savory. So, if you are going for the classic Texas style of making this barbecue dish, I would really recommend going for raw beef.
2. Trim the Brisket
Once you've selected the right beef for your brisket, the next step is to trim the fat cap to make the brisket leaner. If you are not very experienced in trimming brisket, you may end up cutting off some chunks off meat, but you shouldn't worry about it if it is not too much. Try to leave some little fat cap when trimming, to make your brisket juicier
3. Season your Brisket
The standard seasonings used for Texas style smoked brisket are coarse salt and black pepper, which not only make the meat tender, but also enhance the flavor. However, you are free to experiment with other spices such as garlic powder - which adds more goodness to the brisket without altering the flavor too much.
4. Set Up Your Smoker
You need to ensure that your backyard smoker is properly set up before you can start smoking your brisket. If you are using a charcoal smoker, light the charcoal in the chimney starter and let it heat up sufficiently before adding it to the smoker. Use a thermometer to keep track of the temperature, and adjust the vents as necessary to regulate airflow and temperature.
5. Smoke Your Brisket
Once your brisket has been seasoned you can begin with the smoking process. Ensure your smoker has sufficient and steady heat between 220 and 270 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the process to allow your brisket to smoke properly.
6. Use Foil to Wrap Your Brisket
One of the most important things to do when smoking the Texas style brisket is to wrap it with foil before setting it on your grill. This ensures that your brisket grills evenly and prevents it from roasting too much under high heat.
7. Give your Brisket Time to Rest
After grilling your Texas style smoked brisket, it is important to give it some time to rest in order to allow the juices and flavors to distribute evenly throughout the meat. This also allows your brisket to cool down to the right temperature for slicing and serving.
8. Slice your Brisket
When slicing your brisket, it is recommended to cut it against the grain to ensure maximum tenderness. Since there are two overlapping muscles and two different grain directions, you may want to cut through the flat and point sections before slicing each muscle against the grain prior to serving.
9. Serving the Smoked Brisket
With your Texas style smoked brisket ready and sliced, you can dig in and enjoy the meaty goodness of this tongue-smacking barbecue dish. The Texas brisket goes well with plenty of condiments. Personally, I enjoy mine with a side of zucchini bread or grilled potatoes, which make for a great afternoon barbecue meal. A nice sauce on the side is also a must.