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Cola-marinated Beef Brisket

Cola-marinated Beef Brisket
Saturday, 02 May 2009


Rick Browne, Ph.B., host of the PBS show “Barbecue America” and the author of The Best Barbecue on Earth and nine other books, is supplying articles and recipes to the Fiery Foods& Barbecue SuperSite.


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1 beef brisket


Perfectly cooked beef brisket is a joy to behold

Cola Marinade:
2 cans favorite cola soft drink
2 beef bouillon cubes dissolved in 4 oz. water
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
12 ounces Cattlemen's Authentic Smoke House Barbecue Sauce
Seasoned salt
Fresh ground pepper

Red River Rub:
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
dash of nutmeg
French's mustard
1 10-12 pound beef brisket, trimmed to 1/4 inch of fat remaining


Combine all marinade ingredients. Marinate the brisket for 2 days in refrigerator. Combine all rub ingredients and store in a sealed container.

Drain the marinade and set aside.

Squirt mustard liberally over both sides of the meat and rub it in with you hands. Sprinkle generously with the rub and pat into the meat. Let dry-marinate for 3-4 hrs. if possible, or at least one hour.

Place brisket in a smoker, fat side up, and cook for about 1/ 1/2 hrs. per pound (this usually turns out to be about 16-18 hours) at 225-250 degrees F.

While meat is cooking boil the marinade for 12 minutes then cool and put it into a spray bottle.

After 3 hours of cooking time spray the meat and turn, and repeat every three hours.

When the meat reaches an internal temperature of 185-190 degrees F remove it from the grill, wrap in plastic wrap, and then wrap in aluminum foil and place it in an empty ice chest for 1-2 hrs.

Serve thinly sliced with BBQ sauce on the side.

Additional Tips

This recipe is from the article "Texas Brisket (or) How to Cook a Snow Tire" by Rick Browne, Ph.B.


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