Learn how to make the perfect Smoked Brisket with a delicious Basic Brine

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Learn how to make the perfect Smoked Brisket with a delicious Basic Brine
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on February 24, 2024

This recipe will guide you on how to brine and smoke a mouthwatering brisket using a simple and flavorful basic brine. The brine helps to tenderize and infuse the meat with delicious flavors before smoking to perfection.


  • 1 brisket, trimmed
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. In a saucepan, combine water, kosher salt, brown sugar, black peppercorns, garlic, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let cool completely.
  2. Place the brisket in a large resealable bag and pour the brine over the meat. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  3. Remove the brisket from the brine and rinse under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Prepare your smoker according to manufacturer's instructions and preheat to 225°F.
  5. Place the brisket in the smoker and smoke for 1 hour per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 205°F.
  6. Remove the brisket from the smoker and let rest for 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
  7. Enjoy your delicious smoked brisket with your favorite BBQ sauce or sides!

Interesting Facts

  • Brining meat before smoking helps to lock in moisture and enhance flavors.
  • Smoking brisket low and slow results in tender, juicy meat with a smoky flavor.
  • Allowing the brisket to rest after smoking helps the juices redistribute for a more flavorful and tender bite.