ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Barbecue Beef Brisket in Carolina

Updated on May 30, 2018

  I live in the Southeastern US of A where the mighty swine is the king of barbecue.  Now I know there is a constant debate between the Texas and Western Q-hounds and us here in the Deep South.  I personally do not care.  Smoked meats done properly are a great thing no matter where you come from.  I do have access to more pork and have spent most of my time perfecting my skills at smoking butts, shoulders and ribs.  However in order to be good pit masters you have to know how to cook anything slow and low.  I can do just about anything on the grill but the elusive beef brisket has always been my toughest challenge. 

  I finally nailed a beef brisket that did not favor shoe leather when finally done.  Brisket is one of those dishes that you have to ruin a good ten to twenty of them before you start to get it close to being right.  So I am pretty proud that I finally got one right and so is my family.

Traditionally smoking a brisket takes a long time. We're talking eighteen hours or so. You have to wake up pretty early in the morning to get one of these on and have it ready to eat at supper time. Anytime I have done these before I have tried to smoke them the traditional way and it was tasty but always tough. Brisket is a tough piece of meat anyway and needs to cook at low temperatures long enough for the fat to render yielding flavor and tenderness. So here's how I cooked this. I am journaling this more for myself than anyone else so I can repeat.

I started with a market trimmed brisket. Although this is normally not used for smoking because they tend to have all the fat cut off we have a local butcher and got the half brisket with the fat cap still on there. I prepped it with a commercial brisket rub that my wife found at some gourmet shop. The brisket was covered in the rub and put in a plastic bag overnight in the refrigerator.

Next morning I prepped up the grill. I use a Big Green Egg style smoker/grill to do all my outdoor cooking. I have an attachment so that I can setup for indirect smoking. I also have a fan and thermometer combo that will measure the temp on the grill level, cutting the fan on or off to keep the temps steady. Whatever your setup you want to cook with indirect smoking. I used mesquite wood chips soaked a half hour in water for smoke.

Grill prepped and up to around 250 degrees Fahrenheit, the chips on the fire I give it ten minutes to get the temp up after the soaked chips go on.

  • The brisket goes on the grill fat side down for an hour at 250.
  • After an hour the brisket is flipped and stays on the grill at about 225 for another hour.
  • Put a thermometer in the meat and continue cooking till meat reaches internal temp of around 160. Put the thermometer in the meatiest part of the brisket.
  • When temp reaches 160 on the meat pull the meat and double wrap it in heavy duty tin foil and add some moisture. I used a cup of beef bouillon, a tablespoon of Worchester sauce, teaspoon of garlic powder and teaspoon of onion powder. Pour this over the meat, close the foil and put it back on the grill. You will cook it this way at about 225 until the meat reaches 200 degrees then pull.
  • Take the meat and put it in a cooler with crumpled up newspapers and leave it for two to three hours, still in the foil.

Now it's done. Slice it across the grain not with or you will wind up with some chewy meat.

  All together this took between 7 and 8 hours and was outstanding.  The smoke ring was beautiful and the meat was incredibly tender.  I cannot wait to try another.  Now if I can just get to Texas to try the real thing!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • datahound profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      hey jackie,

      Google the BBQ Guru. There are other manufacturers as well. I think I initially learned about these on the Naked Whiz ceramic cooker website. They have some very good reviews by users. These are an excellent investment if you want to do some unattended smoking. Best of luck and thanks for stopping in.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Where did you get the fan and thermometer combo and who makes it? I have been trying to find one and am struggling!

    • datahound profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      Hey Doc thanks for stopping by and appreciate the comment. Would love to hear how it turns out.

    • Doc Snow profile image

      Doc Snow 

      8 years ago from Camden, South Carolina

      You are clearly a detail guy, datahound! Thanks for a clear description of what it takes for a perfect brisket. I won't be doing this myself, but it will heighten the appreciation next time a buddy does!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)