Dr. BBQ’s Smoked Flat-Cut Brisket with Coffee

“The flat cut of brisket makes for those long, beautiful slices that look so good on the plate. This cut has a lot less fat on it than a whole brisket, though, so it needs a little added moisture during the cooking process. Coffee adds an interesting flavorer while helping keep things juicy. A brisket flat is a simpler piece of meat to cook than a big whole brisket so this is probably a good place to start for a new barbecue cook. Just don’t get one any smaller than 5 pounds.” -Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe, Slow Fire

Recipe adapted from Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe and can be found in his cookbook, Slow Fire, and the BGE Publication Profile: Dr. BBQ.


  • 1 USDA Choice flat-cut brisket (5 to 6 pounds), fat left on
  • Barbecue Rub #67 (below)
  • ½ cup strong brewed coffee


Set the EGG for indirect cooking at 235°F/113°C using medium hickory wood for smoke flavor.

Season the brisket liberally with the rub. Cook the brisket fat-side down for 1 hour and then flip it to fat-side up. Cook to an internal temperature of 160°F/71°C.

Lay out a big double-thick layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil and lay the brisket on it fat-side up. Pull up the sides of the foil and pour on the coffee as you close up the package. Be careful not to puncture it or you’ll have to start over. Return the brisket to the cooker. After another hour, begin checking the internal temperature. When it reaches 200°F/93°C, remove the brisket and let it rest for 30 minutes, wrapped. Remove the brisket from the foil. It desired, skim the fat from the liquid and serve the remaining juices as a sauce. Slice the brisket about ¼ inch thick to serve.

Barbecue Rub #67 Ingredients

  • ½ cup Sugar in the Raw
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon lemon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground coffee
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Barbecue Rub #67 Instructions

Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. The rub may be stored in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 6 months.

Makes about 1 ½ cups

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