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Smoked BBQ Brisket

Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 5 hours

Yield: 10 to 12 servings


1/2 cup ancho chili powder

2 tablespoons paprika

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon dry mustard

1 tablespoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons cayenne

1 trimmed brisket with a layer of fat at least 1/4-inch thick, about 5 to 6 pounds

Dark Beer Mop Ingredients

1 large red onion

4 cloves garlic

2 serrano chiles, chopped

4 bottles of dark beer

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

2 bay leaves

Salt and freshly ground pepper


1. Mix together the spices in a small bowl. Rub the entire brisket with the spice mixture, place on a baking sheet, cover and let stand in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours.

2. Prepare the smoker according to manufacturer's directions. Place the brisket in the smoker, fat side down, and smoke for 4 to 5 hours or until extremely tender. Baste with the mop every 30 minutes.

Dark Beer Mop Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan, season with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

Wine Pairing

The Perfect Wine Match is Gascon Malbec…

This Malbec displays aromas of blackberry, plum and a hint of mocha. This elegant wine has dark fruit flavors framed by plush tannins. Finely integrated characteristics of black spice black pepper and maple combine to create a long, velvety finish.