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How to Cook Beef Brisket

by Darius Campeau on May 09, 2023

How to Cook Beef Brisket

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Cooking a 5-pound brisket can be a rewarding and flavorful culinary experience. Here's a general guide on how to cook a 5-pound brisket:


  • 5-pound brisket
  • Dry rub or seasoning of your choice
  • Cooking oil (such as vegetable oil)
  • Liquid (such as beef broth, water, or a marinade)


  1. Prepare the Brisket:

    • Remove the brisket from its packaging and pat it dry with paper towels.
    • Trim excess fat from the brisket, leaving a thin layer to enhance flavor and moisture.
    • Apply a dry rub or seasoning generously to all sides of the brisket. Ensure even coverage for optimal flavor.
  2. Preheat and Prepare the Cooking Equipment:

    • Preheat your oven or smoker to a temperature of around 225-250°F (107-121°C). This low and slow cooking method is ideal for brisket.
    • If using a smoker, add wood chips or chunks of your preferred smoking wood to create a smoky flavor. Popular options include hickory, mesquite, or oak.
    • If using an oven, place the brisket on a wire rack set in a roasting pan to allow airflow and even cooking.
  3. Sear the Brisket (Optional):

    • Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat and add a small amount of cooking oil.
    • Sear the brisket on all sides until a desirable crust develops, usually 2-3 minutes per side. This step adds additional flavor but can be skipped if desired.
  4. Place the Brisket in the Cooking Equipment:

    • If using a smoker, place the seasoned brisket directly on the smoker grates.
    • If using an oven, place the brisket on the wire rack in the roasting pan.
  5. Cooking Time and Temperature:

    • Cook the brisket at the preheated temperature for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours per pound of meat. For a 5-pound brisket, this equates to roughly 7.5 to 10 hours.
    • Maintain a consistent temperature throughout the cooking process, adjusting as necessary to stay within the recommended range.
  6. Monitor and Baste:

    • Periodically monitor the internal temperature of the brisket using a meat thermometer. For optimal tenderness, aim for an internal temperature of around 195-205°F (90-96°C).
    • Every hour or so, you can baste the brisket with your choice of liquid, such as beef broth, water, or a marinade, to help keep it moist and enhance flavors.
  7. Resting and Slicing:

    • Once the brisket reaches the desired internal temperature, remove it from the heat source.
    • Allow the brisket to rest for at least 20-30 minutes. This helps the juices redistribute within the meat, resulting in a more tender and flavorful final product.
    • Slice the brisket against the grain into thin slices for optimal tenderness.
  8. Serving and Enjoying:

    • Serve the sliced brisket with your favorite barbecue sauce or alongside traditional sides like coleslaw, cornbread, or baked beans.
    • Enjoy your deliciously cooked 5-pound brisket!

Remember, cooking times may vary depending on your equipment and the specific characteristics of the brisket. It's always advisable to use a meat thermometer to ensure accurate doneness. Enjoy your culinary journey and savor the flavorful results!


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