How to Cook a Brisket

Discover how easy it is to cook a brisket with my classic recipe. It only has 5 ingredients and my method uses both a grill and the oven for a juicy and crispy brisket.

overhead view of brisket slices and sandwich

The Beauty of a Perfect Brisket

Living in the south often means serving up a brisket for holiday meals. I love it because brisket always goes on sale during the summer holidays. What I really like to do is to buy an extra one or two and cook those a little after the holiday.

What is brisket?

Brisket is a very tough cut of beef. People usually smoke or BBQ brisket.

Since it is one of the least tender cuts of meat, it is often one of the least expensive ones as well.

Don’t let its toughness scare you away. It’s easy to make this meat tender and juicy. You just have to cook it slowly at a low temperature.

What part of the cow is brisket?

It comes from the breast of the cow, near the ribs. It is one of the toughest cuts of meat because it has lots of collagen and muscle tissue.

a brisket sandwich in front of brisket slices

Cook a Brisket on Both the Grill and Oven

My recipe uses both my grill and the oven. This method makes a perfectly juicy brisket on the inside with a crispy outside. It’s perfectly divine.

While I would love to take credit for creating this method out of a desire to create the perfect brisket, it actually happened because my grill doesn’t work to make it alone.

I would love to completely cook a brisket on my grill, but it tends to cook a little too hot, with its minimum temperatures being greater than 325 degrees. So my solution was to first cook the brisket on the grill to get a nice char on the outside and then move the brisket to the inside and finish it off in the oven.

I must say this worked very well, and I will be using this technique going forward in the future.


Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Brisket
  • Brown sugar
  • Seasoned salt
  • Chili powder
  • Black pepper
  • Onion, optional
  • Garlic, optional
brisket ingredients

Buy a Packer Cut Brisket to Save Money

I purchased a packer cut brisket from the grocery store. These are wrapped in cryo-vac and they are the least expensive cuts you can buy for brisket. On sale, these run under $1.50 a pound, butcher trimmed briskets run quite a bit more.

How to Trim a Brisket

You can trim a packer-cut brisket pretty easily yourself. You want to trim the fat to around 1/4 inch or so on the outside of the brisket. This will mean that you will be trimming off a fair amount of fat from this brisket.

Now when choosing one, I always see if the cryo-vac will bend in half to help determine how tender it is, and that it isn’t completely marbled with fat. Briskets by nature are fatty, but they are also very tasty and tender when cooked on low, and slow.

How to Cook Tender Brisket

Here’s my recipe. There aren’t very many steps, and in the end, you’ll have the most memorable and amazing briskets you have ever tasted.

  1. Trim brisket well.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, seasoned salt, chili powder, and black pepper to make a dry rub.
  3. Coat the brisket with the rub well, and allow it to reach room temperature.
    dry rubbed brisket
  4. Heat the grill to around 325 degrees.
  5. Place brisket on the grill and cook on each side for approximately 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the brisket from the grill.
  7. Heat oven to 275 degrees, and wrap the brisket in foil with onions and garlic (if using).
    grilled dry rubbed brisket, onion slices, and garlic, in foil
  8. Place the foil-wrapped brisket in a baking dish and bake for an additional 3 hours.
  9. Remove the brisket from the oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes before slicing, chopping, or shredding.
brisket slices on a cutting board

How to Cook a Brisket in the Oven

I charred my brisket on the grill and then let it fully cook in the oven. This gave it a crispy texture on the outside. You can do the searing on the stovetop too and then move it to the oven.

The secret to cooking a brisket in the oven is cooking it for a long time at a low temperature. This will keep the juices in the meat and make it even more tender.

Brisket Temperature

Use a meat thermometer to measure the internal temperature as it cooks. A brisket is fully-cooked when the internal temperature is at least 179°F.

How much brisket per person?

When you are buying a brisket, always try to plan for about half a pound of meat per person. So, if you are cooking for a family of 4, you will want about 2 pounds of brisket.

a brisket sandwich on a plate and brisket slices on a cutting board

More Ways to Cook a Brisket

Here are some more of my favorite brisket recipes. You can make it in the Instant Pot pressure cooker too. Check out these ideas:

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overhead view of brisket slices and sandwich

How to Cook a Brisket

You can make an amazing tender brisket in the oven.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brisket
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 16
Calories: 379kcal


  • 8 pounds packer cut brisket
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper


  • Trim brisket well, and then combine the brown sugar, seasoned salt, chili powder, and black pepper to make a dry rub. Coat the brisket well, and allow it to reach room temperature.
  • Heat the grill to around 325 degrees. Place brisket on the grill and cook on each side for approximately 30 minutes. Remove brisket from the grill.
  • Heat oven to 275 degrees, and wrap brisket in foil. You can add sliced onions and garlic cloves to the brisket before wrapping with foil if you like.
  • Place foil-wrapped brisket in a baking dish, and bake brisket for an additional 3 hours. Or until the internal temperature reaches 195 degrees.
  • Open the foil and cook for another hour or until the internal temperature reaches 200 to 202 degrees. Then remove from the oven.
  • Rest the beef for 30 minutes before slicing.


Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 1061mg | Potassium: 770mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 4.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Chris

    I know this is old, but brisket should be smoked in a smoker. I smoke my with mesquite wood, keeping my smoker between 225° and 240°.

    • stephaniemanley

      Chris, I appreciate your comments, some people bake brisket believe it or not. Until I moved to Texas, I didn’t know it could be smoked. It’s good either way. Thanks for checking out the recipe.

    • Why Even Post This, Chris?

      5 stars
      Thank you, Chris, for telling everybody how they need to cook! Here, I came to look for this recipe because I don’t have a smoker, and I ALMOST MADE THE MISTAKE of enjoying my perfectly good brisket, until I read your comment that I “shouldn’t” do it that way. And also, the very useless information about what kind of wood you use and temp settings in your smoker, which I obviously will not be using. Guess I’ll just toss this brisket cuz you says so! Boy, you just saved my life, pal! Thanks a lot!

  2. hungryraider

    How long would you recommend if I wanted to keep the brisket on a grill or smoker instead of putting it in the oven?

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