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Texas Barbecue Brisket

Prep Time:

30 mins

Cook Time:

4-5 Hours





About the Recipe

Brisket is the king of barbecue in Texas, with giant slabs of the stuff slowly cooked in huge custom-built smokers. This barbecue brisket recipe is better suited to home barbecues, and the smoky, tender flavour is perfect for recreating the flavours of the Deep South.


  • 5kg/ 11 lb piece of beef brisket

  • 500 ml/ 18 fl oz beef stock

For The Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

  • 1 small onion , finely chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves , crushed

  • 500 ml/ 18 fl oz tomato ketchup

  • 100 ml/ 3.5 fl oz Worcestershire sauce

  • 75 ml/ 2.5 fl oz lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp malt vinegar

  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 1 tsp crushed chilli flakes

  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce

  • 1 tsp dried thyme

For The Rub

  • 2 tbsp each chilli powder and mustard powder

  • 1 tbsp each paprika , ground cumin, garlic powder, ground black pepper, caster sugar

  • 1 bay leaf , crushed

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  • STEP 1: To make the barbecue sauce, heat the oil in a frying pan, then cook onion and garlic for a few mins until soft. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients to the pan with a good pinch of salt and simmer for 20 mins. Use a hand blender or food processor to whizz to a smooth purée.

  • STEP 2: Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Make the rub by mixing all the ingredients together with a pinch of salt. Rub the mix all over the beef and set aside.

  • STEP 3: In a large roasting tin, mix the beef stock and ½ the barbecue sauce. Add the brisket to the tin, cover tightly with foil, then cook for 4-5 hrs until the meat is really tender when you push a fork into it. The beef can be prepared the night before – just leave it to cool in the tin covered with foil, but don’t refrigerate.

  • STEP 4: To finish the beef, get a barbecue fired up and wait until the coals are completely ashen – you want a low, not fierce, heat. Lift the beef out of the roasting tin and place on the barbecue to char. If your barbecue has a lid, close it now. Cook for about 20 mins, turning it carefully with tongs, until lightly charred all over and heated through. Lift onto a board and serve sliced with the remaining barbecue sauce on the side.

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