Texans' Beef Brisket

Hungry for barbecue? Try beef brisket that's seasoned with a dry rub, smoked for hours, and served with a beer sauce.

Texans' Beef Brisket
Prep Time:
30 mins
Smoke Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 recipe Vinegar Mop Sauce

  • 1 3 pound fresh beef brisket

  • 2 teaspoon seasoned salt

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 6 mesquite, hickory, or pecan wood chunks*

  • 1 recipe Spicy Beer Sauce

  • 12 kaiser rolls, split and toasted (optional)

Vinegar Mop Sauce

  • ¼ cup beer

  • 4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon jalapeño mustard or other hot-style mustard

  • Bottled hot pepper sauce

Spicy Beer Sauce

  • ¾ cup chopped, seeded, peeled tomato (1 large)

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • ½ cup chopped green sweet pepper

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 1 cup bottled chili sauce

  • ½ cup beer

  • ½ cup cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

  • 1 ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Prepare Vinegar Mop Sauce; set aside. Trim fat from meat. For rub, in a small bowl stir together seasoned salt, paprika, chili powder, garlic pepper, and cumin. Sprinkle the rub evenly over meat; rub in with your fingers.

  2. In a smoker arrange preheated coals, wood chunks, and water pan according to the manufacturer's directions. Pour water into pan. Place meat on the grill rack over water pan. Cover and smoke for 5 to 6 hours or until a fork can easily be inserted into meat, brushing occasionally with Vinegar Mop Sauce during the last hour of smoking. Add additional coals and water as needed to maintain temperature and moisture. Do not add wood after the first 2 hours of smoking. (Too much smoke can give a bitter taste to smoked meat.)

  3. Remove brisket from smoker. Thinly slice meat across the grain. Serve with Spicy Beer Sauce. If desired, serve meat and sauce in kaiser rolls.

Vinegar Mop Sauce

  1. In a small bowl stir together beer, Worcestershire sauce, oil, vinegar, mustard, and a few dashes bottled hot pepper sauce.

Spicy Beer Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan cook tomato, onion, and green pepper in hot butter over medium heat about 5 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in chili sauce, beer, vinegar, brown sugar, chipotle peppers, black pepper, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until reduced to about 2-1/4 cups.


For the most smoke production, soak wood chunks in enough water to cover for at least 1 hour before grilling. Drain wood chunks before using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

253 Calories
12g Fat
11g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 253
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 770mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 9.4mg 47%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 444mg 9%
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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