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Smoked Brisket

Prep time 30 mins
Cook time 3 hrs, 30 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings


  • Hickory wood chips
  • 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dried garlic flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (7-pound) untrimmed beef brisket
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Hamburger buns
  • Pickles
  • Garnish: fresh rosemary sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Soak wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Prepare charcoal fire in smoker; let burn 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Combine rosemary and next 4 ingredients; rub on brisket.

  4. Drain wood chips, and place on coals. Place water pan in smoker; add water to depth of fill line. Place brisket on lower food rack; cover with smoker lid.

  5. Cook 3 hours and 30 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 155°. Slice and serve with barbecue sauce, buns, and pickles. Garnish, if desired.