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Beginner's Smoked Beef Brisket

Beginner's Smoked Beef Brisket

By Traeger Kitchen

The recipe title may say beginner’s, but this brisket will make you look like an award-winning champion. There's no reason why you need to tell anyone how easy it is--that can be our little secret.

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

12 Hr




Number of People Serving


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Units of Measurment:
1 (6 lb) flat cut brisket, trimmed
As Needed Traeger Beef Rub
2 Cup beef broth, beer or cola
1/4 Cup apple cider vinegar, apple cider or apple juice
2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
As Needed Traeger Texas Spicy BBQ Sauce


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

  • 2

    Season on both sides with the Traeger Beef Rub.

  • 3

    Make the Mop Sauce: In a clean spray bottle combine the beef broth, beer or cola with apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.

  • 4

    Arrange the brisket fat-side down on the grill grate and smoke for 3 to 4 hours, spraying with the mop sauce every hour.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C


  • 5

    Increase the grill temperature to 225℉ and continue to cook, spraying occasionally with mop sauce, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat reaches 204℉, this should take about 6 to 8 hours.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C

    204 ˚F / 96 ˚C


  • 6

    Foil the meat and let it rest for 30 minutes. Slice with a sharp knife across the grain into pencil-width slices. Serve with BBQ sauce. Enjoy!

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