Cook Brisket Like a Pro
When it comes to brisket, we Southerners have a love-hate relationship with the juicy, tender meat. On the one hand, beef brisket is absolutely delicious. Coated in sweet or savory sauce, crispy chargrilled on the outside, and smoky, moist and tender on the inside, beef brisket’s mouth-watering flavor just can’t be beat. On the other hand, most Southerner’s figure that cooking beef brisket is not exactly easiest task to accomplish. In reality, cooking a brisket like a pro isn’t hard. In order to teach you how to cook beef brisket perfectly, we will walk you through one of our best beef brisket recipes. Our Tex-Mex inspired Fiesta Brisket blends Tex-Mex ingredients, like guajillo chiles, Mexican oregano leaves, and lime juice along with classic Lone-Star flavors like smoked hickory wood and cloves. The spicy rub comes together in a food processor and soaks into the brisket for hours before the thick cut of tender meat is smoked over low heat. Like all good things, the classic smoked meat takes a while to cook – but this beef brisket recipe is truly worth the wait.
No, you don’t need to be from the Lone Star State to cook brisket in the best Texas tradition. Here’s proof: Floridian Elisa Tacher sent us her recipe for Texas-style brisket, and we loved it. Test Kitchen Professional Norman King tried it out on a gas grill and an oven. Both methods are shown here. But no matter how you cook it, you’ll get credit for delicious brisket―deep in the heart of…your own dining room.
Trim the Fat
Trim excess fat, leaving only about 1/8 inch on the meat.
Place brisket in a zip-top plastic bag and pour chile mixture over meat. Rub chile mixture into brisket.
Grill Fiesta Brisket until a meat thermometer registers 195°. Tip: When buying brisket look for some fat (also called marbling) throughout the meat, which helps make it moist and tender.