How to Smoke Corned Beef Brisket in Electric Smoker?

How to Smoke Corned Beef Brisket in Electric Smoker?

An electric smoker is one of the many options available to you while smoking a brisket. However, with an electric smoker, you have to know how to smoke a corned beef brisket in order to avoid overcooking or causing the meat to dry out.

Due to the nature of the meat and smokers, there is a science, and of course different techniques one should know while attempting to smoke the brisket. These are a few tips as it pertains to smoking your corned beef brisket if you plan on doing so in an electric smoker.


The cut:

This begins before you ever turn on your smoker on. A good cut of corned beef brisket is going to result in the tender, fall off the bone texture and flavor you want to enjoy. While choosing your meat, look for the most tender brisket you can possibly find.

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The less connective tissue, the better the finished result is going to be. While choosing the meat, look for a piece that bends easily. And this is typically going to be the most tender piece, once you have finished preparing it on your electric smoker as well.

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Preparation of Smoking Corned Beef Brisket:

In preparing the brisket, you want to allow it to sit for at least 2 to 4 hours prior to smoking it. For the flavor to truly blend in, you should allow it to sit for longer, even overnight if possible. Rub a dry rub gently over the meat, and over the tender/fatty portion, in order to allow the flavors to come together.

Once this is done, allow the meat to sit overnight, or at least for a few hours, so that these flavors can penetrate. Moreover, this will finely cook into the meat, rather than fall right off, when you are ready to place it on the smoker.

Smoked corned beef brisket in electric smoker

Smoking time:

Fill the wood chip box with the desired wood (cherry, hickory, etc), and start the grill. It is a good idea to allow it to reach at least room temperature prior to filling up the chip box with wood. Once the temperature starts rising, you want to allow the grill to preheat to a temperature of about 225 F.

You do not want to cook at higher temperatures, as this is not going to allow the internal temperature of the meat to reach the desired cook temperature. When smoking the brisket, you should allow the internal temperature of the meat to attain a temperature of 190 F.

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While smoking the meat, you can apply a wet rub (using a cloth) so that the outside of the meat remains tender and the inside is not overcooked. You are also going to need to leave a section of the smoker lid open so that too much condensation does not build up as you are preparing the meat on the smoker.

It is a good idea to let the meat sit as long as possible; not only for it to be cooked evenly throughout, but also to ensure the wood chip flavor, and the other rubs you are applying to it as it is cooking, are seeped into the meat evenly as well.

Once the internal temperature has reached 190 F (at the thickest portion of the brisket), it is ready to be removed from the grill. Now, the question is how will you know the internal temperature? You just need the best smoker thermometer to check temperature accurately.

If you want extra tenderness when the meat is finished, you can wrap it in aluminum foil once it reaches an internal temperature of 165/170 F, and allow it to reach 190 F with the foil wrapped around it. You will need to follow this step if you plan on adding another seasoning, or rubs. It will allow the flavors to seep into the meat.

smoke corned beef brisket

Serve smoked corned beef brisket

Once cooked:

You don't want to take the meat right off the grill and cut it. Just as you allowed it to sit prior to placing it on the grill, you need to allow it to cool down a bit as well prior to cutting the brisket.

Giving it room to cool down allows it to evenly cook (if it was a few degrees below 190 F). It also allows the flavors and rubs to further penetrate into the meat.

After about 1 to 2 hours, you can start to prepare the meat for consumption. Depending on how it will be consumed, you can cut it as you wish and serve it.

Regardless of whether you are having a BBQ with family and friends, or simply want to enjoy a great sandwich, corned beef brisket is a great cut to enjoy. This is only possible if it is prepared properly. And for that, you need to take the proper steps in preparing it and cutting the brisket once it is finished cooking.

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These are a few simple tips any griller can incorporate to ensure even and rich flavor throughout. These tips will also ensure the most even texture possible while preparing a brisket on an electric grill.

Now you are an expert on smoking. So, why don't you give it a try to smoke on a gas grill? And always try to make different types of delicious recipes. Are you giving it a thought? What will be next? Ok, try spinach with chicken. Something new right?

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Theresa Lori

Hi, I'm Theresa. My passion for grilling delicacy gradually built during the time I was living with my parents. My family members especially my mother was a great fan of grilled dishes to and from the love of food. I started preparing smoked food with my mom. This bonding helped me to know more and more about to smoke, grill what always I share on So, in two words you can call me a BBQ lover.

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