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Braised Sweet & Sour Brisket

Braised Sweet & Sour Brisket

By Traeger Kjøkken

Switch up your routine and try out a sweet take on this BBQ staple. Snake River Farms brisket meets wood-fired smoke and a sweet and tangy sauce for a perfect bite of beef, sure to win over any crowd.


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7 Pound Snake River Farms brisket
As Needed Traeger Prime Rib Rub
To Taste koshersalt
2 Tablespoon butter
Half yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 Clove garlic, thinly sliced
1 Teaspoon dried oregano
1 Teaspoon dried thyme
1 Teaspoon paprika
Pinch cayenne pepper
To Taste salt and pepper
1 1/2 Cup storfekraft
1 Cup ketchup
1/4 Cup brown sugar


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set temperature to High and preheat for 15 minutes. Season the brisket liberally with Traeger Prime Rib Rub and kosher salt.

  • 2

    Place the brisket directly on the grill grate, fat side down and cook for 30-45 minutes until fat is caramelized and lightly browned.

    500 ˚F / 260 ˚C


  • 3

    While the brisket is cooking, heat a sauté pan over medium heat and melt the butter. Add the onion and cook for 5-6 minutes stirring occasionally until lightly caramelized. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more.

  • 4

    Add the oregano, thyme, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper and cook 30 seconds until fragrant.

  • 5

    Deglaze the pan with beef stock scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Add ketchup and brown sugar and bring to a simmer.

  • 6

    Remove the brisket from the grill and place in a baking dish. Pour the onion mixture over the brisket and cover tightly with foil.

  • 7

    Reduce the grill temperature to 225℉ and place the baking dish directly on the grill grate. Braise for 5 -6 hours or until the brisket is fork tender.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C


  • 8

    Remove from grill and vent the foil. Cool at room temperature then transfer to the fridge overnight (this step is not necessary but will result in a juicier and more flavorful brisket).

  • 9

    The next day, remove from the fridge and set the temperature on the grill to 350℉. Place the brisket back on the grill to warm. When brisket is warm and the sauce has caramelized, about 45 minutes, remove from the grill.

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C


  • 10

    Remove the brisket from the sauce and slice the pour remaining sauce over the top and serve. Enjoy! *Cook times will vary depending on set and ambient temperatures.

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