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Texas-Style Brisket

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + chilling Cook: 6 hours + standing


20 servings

Updated: Aug. 26, 2022
This is the quintessential Texas-style brisket. Even my husband’s six-generation Texas family is impressed by it! Grilling with wood chips takes a little extra effort, but I promise you'll be glad you did. Each bite tastes like heaven on a plate. —Renee Morgan, Taylor, Texas
Texas-Style Brisket Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 whole fresh beef brisket (12 to 14 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup pepper
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • Large disposable foil pan
  • About 6 cups wood chips, preferably oak


  1. Trim fat on brisket to 1/2-inch thickness. Rub brisket with pepper and salt; place in a large disposable foil pan, fat side up. Refrigerate, covered, several hours or overnight. Meanwhile, soak wood chips in water.
  2. To prepare grill for slow indirect cooking, adjust grill vents so top vent is half open and bottom vent is open only a quarter of the way. Make 2 arrangements of 45 unlit coals on opposite sides of the grill, leaving the center of the grill open. Light 20 additional coals until ash-covered; distribute over unlit coals. Sprinkle 2 cups soaked wood chips over lit coals.
  3. Replace grill rack. Close grill and allow temperature in grill to reach 275°, about 15 minutes.
  4. Place foil pan with brisket in center of grill rack; cover grill and cook 3 hours (do not open grill). Check temperature of grill periodically to maintain a temperature of 275° throughout cooking. Heat level may be adjusted by opening vents to raise temperature and closing vents partway to decrease temperature.
  5. Add another 10 unlit coals and 1 cup wood chips to each side of the grill. Cook brisket, covered, 3-4 hours longer or until fork-tender (a thermometer inserted in brisket should read about 190°); add coals and wood chips as needed to maintain a grill temperature of 275°.
  6. Remove brisket from grill. Cover tightly with foil; let stand 30-60 minutes. Cut brisket across the grain into slices.
Editor's Note: If your charcoal grill does not have a built-in thermometer, the grill temperature may be checked by inserting the stem of a food thermometer through the top vent.

Nutrition Facts

5 ounces cooked beef: 351 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 116mg cholesterol, 1243mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 56g protein.

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