Nashville, Tennessee, has many award-winning BBQ joints that we enjoy visiting. While we were out to eat last spring, both Mr. Handsome and I agreed that it would be fun to try our hand at homemade BBQ beef brisket.
The meat is expensive (usually $20-$25 for 4 pounds) so we have only made it a handful of times. It takes a few hours to cook, but the prep is a cinch. Here’s the recipe, as well as a few photos of the process.
Simple BBQ Beef Brisket
- Brisket roast approximately 4 pounds
- Several slices of uncooked bacon
Homemade BBQ sauce*
- 1-1/2 Tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp dry mustard optional
Remove all packaging from brisket roast. Place fat side down in an oven safe, non-glass pan that can hold juices that will accumulate. I use a 9x13-inch pan.
Combine dry spices in a small bowl. Using a fork, poke holes in brisket, and rub the entire roast with spice rub.
Place uncooked bacon strips over brisket, side-by-side. If you have additional bacon slices, you can also place one layer of bacon under the roast. (Bacon is expensive, so I don't usually do that.)
Tightly cover pan with foil, and bake at 300 degrees for 3 hours. Remove from oven, and flip brisket over so the fat side is facing up.
Return to oven, covered with foil, for an additional hour. Brisket roasts can be finicky, so it helps if you have had BBQ brisket at a restaurant and have seen how it looks when it is fully cooked. The size and thickness of the brisket roast also affects cooking time.
When hour is up, move from oven, and cut into brisket with a knife. Meat should be fork tender. Return to oven if necessary.
Transfer to a cutting board, and slice. Serve with homemade BBQ sauce. If you find yourself with an overcooked brisket, just add extra BBQ sauce!
I use the same Homemade Honey BBQ recipe that I make with my Buffalo Wild Wings Style Wings. Here is the link to that recipe: www.nashvillewife.com/2016/02/buffalo-wild-wings-style-wings.html