Delicious Smoked Brisket Secret – Using Mustard & Dry Rub

Mustard and dry rub for smoking brisket

Introduction on Smoking Brisket

Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef. Beef brisket is one of nine primate beef cuts, and the specific cut can vary slightly based on the butcher’s preference. This is a cut of meat that includes muscles that give brisket a marbled, fatty appearance.

When compared with braised brisket, smoking brisket contains a great deal more fat. This helps smoking brisket remain moist and flavorful through the long, slow smoking process. A good, tender brisket can taste similar to roast beef. Because of the high fat content, smoking briskets brings out the moist and tender qualities of the meat. Compared to other cuts of meat, briskets are great at naturally creating a smoke-flavored outer crust. Properly smoking a brisket can create a great layer of intense and flavorful outer crust.

Part of flavoring your brisket can include using mustard or olive oil in your beef brisket grill recipe. Including a brisket rub mustard helps your dry rub penetrate the meat and flavor it all the way through. Flavor-enhancing techniques are widely dependent on the flavor profile you desire and the way you want to proceed with flavoring your brisket.

Enhancing the Flavor

Brining

Brining your meat can create a zesty flavor profile. Many brisket brining techniques include injecting a vinegar-based brine and spice mixture directly into the meat. The brine in this technique is created with a base of vinegar or apple juice, and is injected using a food-safe syringe.

Another type of brine flavoring requires bringing vinegar and water to boil in a large pot, dissolving desired spices, and cooling down the mixture. After the brine is cooled, your brisket can be submerged and marinated overnight in the fridge. This is a rather labor intensive way to deliver flavor to your beef brisket. Brine also has a rather acidic and salty taste, which does not match many preferred flavor profiles.

A great way to season your beef brisket can be a mustard and dry rub pairing. The mustard performs the penetrating action and the dry rub distributes seasoning throughout your cut of meat.

Mustard

Mustard can be used to enhance the flavor of your dry rub. When using a dry rub and mustard pairing for flavoring, be sure to add the mustard before you add the seasoning. The wetness of the mustard gives the dry rub a prime surface to stick to, and the vinegar in the mustard helps spices penetrate the thick skin. The vinegar in mustard also tenderizes the meat, making a better texture at the end of the cooking process. Finally, the mustard also acts as a sealant against moisture loss. It helps ensure your roast comes out moist and tender! Depending on the flavor you want, you can choose any type of vinegar-based mustard to pair with your dry rub.

Pro Tip: Yellow mustard is great for roasts, because you often can’t taste the mustard at the end of the smoking process.

Having tenderized meat and a good moisture retention is important to your barbecued brisket. However, an integral part of the flavor profile is choosing the best seasonings and dry rub ingredients.

Seasonings for beef brisket

Seasoning and Dry Rubs

Choosing seasoning for your brisket depends on your desired combination of tangy, sweet and savory. Certain spices, like garlic, create a more hearty aroma and flavor. Other spices, like black pepper and cayenne, give high notes to your flavor profile that induce mouth-watering flavors. Balancing the flavors you want can be easy if you know some of the basic rub spices and a few pro tips.

For example, classic brisket rub spices are listed below for this Texas brisket recipe. This mix calls for a good amount of hearty spices and black pepper. It also includes seasoned salt, which is a mixture of onion powder, garlic powder and other flavor-enhancing spices.

Dry Rub Recipe

  • 2 tbsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tbsp. white granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix all of the ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the fridge. This rub will keep for two to four weeks and is great to use at any time.

To get the most out of this beef brisket grill recipe, a solid procedure should be used to maximize flavor. One common mistake made with larger cuts of meat is not fully incorporating the spices. By following the best procedure, you can make sure that your brisket is flavorful throughout and has a thick, juicy texture. A good beef brisket grill recipe will definitely include an initial layer of mustard, a good spice rub technique, adequate smoking time and proper serving techniques.

Smoking Brisket – Step-By-Step Guide

Preparing the Brisket

Prepare your brisket by choosing your smoking wood type and mustard rub. The type of wood you use to smoke the brisket should be a hearty hardwood, like apple wood or hickory. These woods produce a good smoke plume and desirable flavor. The type of mustard you’ll choose will depend on the flavor profile you want. If you don’t want to taste a lot of mustard flavor, using classic yellow mustard is a great first step. For the tangy mustard flavor to shine through, consider a stronger mustard like dijon.

To prepare your brisket, first rub your mustard on both sides of the meat. Make sure to adequately cover all portions of the brisket and rub the vinegar-based sauce thoroughly into the meat.

Rubbing

After preparing your brisket with a good coat of mustard, rub your homemade dry rub into your cut of meat. Spend a good ten minutes on this step to ensure that the spices properly penetrate your brisket. Some individuals choose to smoke their brisket right after this step. If you want to use the dry rub as a sort of marinade, wrap your brisket in foil and let it rest in the fridge for four hours. Marinating in mustard and dry rub can produce a tangy flavor profile. After marinating, you can proceed to the next step.

Smoke the brisket

Smoking

After choosing your smoking wood and setting up your grill, prepare the grill to a low heat of about 250 degrees. Wrap your seasoned brisket in foil to maintain moisture. Then, smoke your brisket fat side down for about an hour per pound of meat. When you are smoking the brisket, try to reach the ideal internal temperature of a properly smoked brisket at 195 degrees. Once your thermometer reads this temperature, you can remove the brisket and let it rest for about ten minutes.

Serving

After resting your cut of meat, it is time to serve! A large butcher knife is appropriate for slicing a brisket. When cutting, to along the side and cut against the grain. The long fibers in this cut of meat produces tough pieces of meat if not cut correctly.

PRO TIPS

  1. The mustard rub can be enhanced with other vinegar-based sauces. Popular mustard rubs can include Worcestershire sauce, which increases the hearty flavor with notes of molasses and soy sauce. Other worthy inclusions are apple cider vinegar and apple juice, which act similarly to a brine by penetrating the meat and tenderizing.
  2. Using a mustard and dry rub on the brisket can create a great flavor profile if left to marinate overnight. This increases the time that spices have to penetrate into the meat. If you choose to marinate overnight, decrease the salt content of your dry rub to avoid an overly salty taste in your brisket.
  3. When cooking your brisket, increase the flavor of your crust by spritzing with an apple cider vinegar and dry rub mixture. The moisture from the apple cider vinegar with enhance your cut of meat, and the dry rub mixture will stick to the surface and create a mouth-watering crust on the brisket.

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Smoked Brisket Secret Recipe
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Smoked Brisket Recipe

Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef. This helps smoking brisket remain moist and flavorful through the long, slow smoking process. A good, tender brisket can taste similar to roast beef. Because of the high fat content, smoking briskets brings out the moist and tender qualities of the meat.

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Brisket
Servings: 4
Calories: 246kcal

Ingredients

Dry Rub

  • 2 tbsp. ground black pepper

  • 1 tbsp. seasoned salt

  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic

  • 1 tsp. paprika

  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp. cumin

  • 2 tbsp. white granulated sugar

  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar

Instructions

  • To prepare your brisket, first rub your mustard on both sides of the meat. 



  • Make sure to adequately cover all portions of the brisket and rub the vinegar-based sauce thoroughly into the meat.



  • After preparing your brisket with a good coat of mustard, rub your homemade dry rub into your cut of meat.



  • Spend a good ten minutes on this step to ensure that the spices properly penetrate your brisket.

  • Some individuals choose to smoke their brisket right after this step.

  • If you want to use the dry rub as a sort of marinade, wrap your brisket in foil and let it rest in the fridge for four hours.

  • Marinating in mustard and dry rub can produce a tangy flavor profile.

  • After marinating, you can proceed to the next step.

  • After choosing your smoking wood and setting up your grill, prepare the grill to a low heat of about 250 degrees.

  • Wrap your seasoned brisket in foil to maintain moisture.

  • Then, smoke your brisket fat side down for about an hour per pound of meat.

  • Once your thermometer reads this temperature, you can remove the brisket and let it rest for about ten minutes.

  • After resting your cut of meat, it is time to serve!

  • A large butcher knife is appropriate for slicing a brisket.

  • When cutting, to along the side and cut against the grain.

  • The long fibers in this cut of meat produces tough pieces of meat if not cut correctly.

Nutrition

Serving: 85g | Calories: 246kcal

Enhance the flavor of the brisket

Conclusion

Choosing the best way to enhance the flavor profile of your brisket includes smoking wood choice, mustard options and spice combinations in your dry rub. The type of smoking wood used on your barbecue can change the strength of smoke flavor and the resulting color of your brisket’s crust.

Choosing to enhance your bbq brisket with a coat of mustard before your dry rub has some benefits. The brisket has a vinegar-based liquid penetrating the tough skin and tenderizing the meat. The dry rub has a wet surface on which to stick. And, if you choose to let the mustard and dry rub treatment marinate, your brisket will come out even more flavorful. The dry rub will most likely contain a mixture of sweet and savory flavors that enhance the flavor of beef brisket. Combined, the mustard and dry rub technique is a sure way to help make your best bbq beef brisket yet.

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