I’ve been cooking a TON on my REC TEC pellet grill since getting it late last year and absolutely love it. The ease of use and convenience of this grill, plus the consistent amazing flavor of the food, has made this one of my go-to grills/smokers in my back porch arsenal. Any halfway serious BBQ guy will tell you that in order to truly give a fair opinion of a grill or smoker is to cook several of the staple BBQ recipes like smoked chicken, pulled pork, ribs and one of my favorites, beef brisket. Having said that, I got the chance to cook a brisket recently on the REC TEC and this pellet grill did not disappoint.
My approach for cooking a brisket on any cooker is pretty much the same:
- Trim up the fat cap to where there’s only about 1/8″ or so of fat cap, then score the remaining fat in a criss-cross pattern
- Rub the entire brisket down with a light coat of cheap mustard (this will be your binding agent for your rub)
- Rub the entire brisket down with a generous coat of your favorite beef rub. My three favorite beef rubs are the Simply Marvelous Cherry , the Oakridge BBQ Black Ops or the Oakridge Santa Maria.
- Slow smoke the brisket (fat cap down as it helps protect the lean meat from the fire source below) anywhere between 225° – 250° with a combo of fruitwood and hardwood
- Once the brisket hits an internal temp of about 150° – 155°, wrap the brisket in heavy duty aluminum foil
- Using a high accuracy temperature thermometer, check the temp and pull the brisket once it hits an internal temp of between 200° – 205°
- At that point, let the brisket rest (while still wrapped in the foil) in a dry cooler, covered with a towel, for at least 1 hour (but preferably a bit longer like 2 hours or so)
- Once it’s time to serve, make sure to slice against the grain and use any juices from the foil as a finishing sauce
I’ve got a video below from start to finish that will show you how I cooked this brisket, so check it out and if it’s beneficial to you please considering subscribing to my YouTube channel. Thanks and enjoy!