Texas-Style Brisket

Recipe courtesy of Matt Pittman of Meat Church. You can read more about Matt and Meat Church on P30 of our Lifestyle Magazine.

This brisket is wonderful alone or served with soft tortillas and taco toppings.


  • One 10 to 12 lb (4.5 to 5.5 kg) whole packer brisket (Choice or higher)


Mix the rub ingredients (listed below) in a large bowl. This mix will make more than you need for one brisket; store the remainder in an airtight container.

Trim the excess fat and silver skin from the brisket. Also, remove any “hard” pieces of fat as they will not render off during the cooking process. Trim the fat off the bottom of the brisket leaving only ¼ in (6 mm) fat. Apply rub to all sides of the meat liberally … I mean liberally! Cover the brisket and place in the refrigerator to marinate overnight.

Set the EGG for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 250°F/121°C.

Place the brisket on the grid, fat-side down – this is my preference, but highly debated in the barbecue world. Fat-side up is fine if that is your preference, but fat down is what many competitors do as it gives you a much better presentation. When the meat reaches an internal temperature of 160°F/71°C, double wrap the brisket in non-waxed butcher paper or aluminum foil – this is what we call the Texas crutch. The bark will have formed nicely by this point.

Continue to smoke the brisket until the meat is “probe tender,” which means when you probe it there is no resistance … think of a toothpick in a cake. Each piece of meat is different but this will likely be at an internal temperature of between 200-202°F/93-94°C. Remove the brisket from the EGG, wrap in a towel and place in a cooler for at least one hour. This will allow the juices to re-distribute in the meat. Unwrap the brisket and slice against the grain.

Brisket Rub Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240 ml) coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 cup (240 ml) non-iodized salt
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) granulated garlic
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) onion powder
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) paprika

Brisket Rub Instructions

See above instructions…but how about we listen to Matt’s podcast!!

4 thoughts on “Texas-Style Brisket

  1. Loved the interview.

    This is the first one I listened to so I was really interested in learning a bit about how to do a brisket the best way on the egg, such as amount time per pound, special tips, etc..

    I’m new on the egg but have traveled to Texas a lot and really love the way brisket is done there.

    Good stuff!

  2. This may be a little obvious, but you’ll want to use mesquite or post oak. I use Aaron Franklin’s central Texas method of only salt and pepper. When it stalls in the 160s, I wrap with butcher paper and a little Worcester and put it back on until finished. If you can wait 3 or even 4 hours after pulling it off before you slice it.
    I try to smoke it at 225 and for a 9 or 10 pound flat, that can take as much as 20 hours. But man, it’s incredible.

    1. I have a question. Do you get all your charcoal white first and then reduce/control airflow until your egg cools down to 225/250? Or do you just get your coals going wait until egg temp is 225/250 then put on the brisket and from there control airflow? Have you ever tried to wood fire/smoke your meats in an egg?

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