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How to Barbecue a Brisket, Low and Slow

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How to Barbecue a Brisket, Low and Slow

Barbecuing a brisket low and slow is a time-honored tradition that results in tender, flavorful meat. Whether you’re a seasoned pitmaster or a beginner, here are some tips to help you achieve barbecue perfection.

Choose the Right Brisket

Start with a good quality brisket. Look for one that has a nice marbling of fat throughout, as this will help keep the meat moist during the long cooking process. Trim any excess fat, but leave a thin layer to add flavor.


Season your brisket generously with a dry rub. A classic combination of salt, pepper, and garlic powder works well, but feel free to experiment with your favorite spices. Make sure to coat the entire brisket evenly for maximum flavor.


Before placing the brisket on the grill, allow it to come to room temperature. This will help it cook more evenly. While the meat is resting, preheat your grill to a low temperature, around 225°F (107°C).

Low and Slow Cooking

Place the seasoned brisket on the grill, fat side up, and close the lid. Maintain a consistent temperature throughout the cooking process, adjusting the vents as necessary. The low and slow method requires patience, as it can take anywhere from 8 to 12 hours to cook a brisket to perfection.

Monitoring and Basting

During the cooking process, periodically check the temperature of the brisket using a meat thermometer. When the internal temperature reaches around 195°F (90°C), it’s time to start checking for tenderness. You can also baste the brisket with a mop sauce or your favorite barbecue sauce to add flavor and moisture.

Resting and Slicing

Once the brisket is cooked to your desired tenderness, remove it from the grill and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more flavorful and juicy brisket. When ready to serve, slice the brisket against the grain for maximum tenderness.

Barbecuing a brisket low and slow is a labor of love, but the end result is well worth the effort. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a mouthwatering brisket that will impress your family and friends.