Texas Style Smoked Brisket With Tangy Slaw (A 4th Of July BBQ Masterpiece )



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Ingredients That You’ll Need

  • For the Brisket:

  • 4 pounds of beef brisket

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • For the Tangy Slaw:

  • 1 medium green cabbage, shredded

  • 1 large carrot, grated

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preparing the Brisket: In a small bowl, mix together the kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, brown sugar, and cumin to create the brisket rub. Pat the brisket dry with paper towels and generously rub the spice mixture all over the meat, ensuring an even coating. Wrap the well-seasoned brisket using plastic wrap and allow it to marinate in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, or ideally, overnight. This stage enables the flavors to penetrate the meat fully.
  • Smoking the Brisket: Preheat your smoker to 225°F (107°C) using your choice of wood chips for smoking. Oak and hickory work great with brisket, but feel free to use your favorite wood for a unique flavor twist. Once the smoker is ready, place the brisket on the grill grates, fat side up, and close the lid. Let the brisket smoke for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours per pound, until it reaches an internal temperature of 195°F (90°C). This slow and steady cooking ensures a tender and flavorful result.
  • To Make the Tangy Slaw: In a large bowl, combine the shredded green cabbage and grated carrot. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, honey, and Dijon mustard until smooth. Pour the dressing over the cabbage and carrot mixture, tossing well to coat the slaw. Add salt and pepper as desired for seasoning.
  • Serving: Remove the smoked brisket from the smoker and let it rest for about 30 minutes before slicing. Serve the smoked brisket alongside the tangy slaw, and watch your guests dive into this irresistible 4th of July feast.

Alright, my BBQ-loving pals.

Get ready to ignite those grills and crank up the fun because I’m about to take your 4th of July bash to a whole new level!

Drumroll, please, for the star of the show – “Smoked Brisket with Tangy Slaw”

Now, let’s get down to the juicy details – what on earth is this “smoked brisket” everyone’s raving about?

Well, my friends, it’s the ultimate 4th of July recipe, a true American BBQ legend.

I’m talking about slow-cooking a beef brisket to tender, flavorful perfection over a smoky inferno.

The result? Meat so succulent and tasty, it’ll have your taste buds cheering for an encore.

So, if you’re eager to light up the grill and prepare a mouthwatering family meal prep dish for an epic 4th of July feast, this recipe is your golden ticket.

But that’s not all, folks. I’m not stopping at just the brisket.

(Why would I?)

I’m throwing in a tangy slaw that’ll have you drooling with every bite.

Get ready to savor the thrill of American BBQ traditions, and let’s dive into the nitty-gritty to make this celebration the talk of the town.

It’s time to turn up the heat and have a blast – your 4th of July just got a whole lot tastier.

Tips and Tricks for a Memorable Smoked Brisket with tangy slaw experience

Let’s uncover the secrets to smoking the perfect brisket – that melt-in-your-mouth goodness that will leave everyone begging for more.

Brace yourselves for some smokin’ tips and tricks.

What is the secret to a good brisket?

Juicy beef brisket slow cooking on top of a grill

First things first, the secret to a good brisket lies in the low and slow cooking process. (I’m talkin’ patience, my friends)

Low temperature and slow cooking time will work their magic, turning that tough cut of beef into a tender, flavor-packed masterpiece.

What to season brisket with?

Now, what to season? that’s where the magic happens.

Get creative. You can go with an authentic Texas-style rub of salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika.

Or venture into bold flavors with some chili powder, cumin, and brown sugar.

This ideal summer dish for dinner is versatile. So, let your taste buds be your guide.

(It’s your call, of course)

How do you keep the brisket moist and tender?

But here’s the real kicker – keeping that brisket moist and tender throughout the cooking process.

(Say goodbye to dry brisket nightmares)

Wrapping the meat in a handy meal prep essential like foil or butcher paper during the smoking process helps retain all those tasty juices.

Giving you that tender bite you crave.

Remember, it’s all about that smoky love affair with your grill.

So, set the stage for success with low heat, a lip-smacking dry rub, and some clever wrapping.

(And when that smoky aroma fills the air, you’ll know you’ve nailed it)

Perfect Pairing Ideas To Complement Your Smoked Brisket with tangy slaw

Elevate your 4th of July feast with these delectable side dishes that perfectly complement your smoked brisket with tangy slaw.

These sides are not just ordinary accompaniments – they’ll steal the show and have your guest cheering for more.

Delicious Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Creamy and comforting, these cauliflower mashed potatoes are the ideal partner to your smoky brisket.

With their velvety texture and buttery garlic goodness, they add a delightful contrast to the tangy slaw.

It’s a keto twist on a classic meal prep favorite, ensuring everyone gets their fill without feeling weighed down.

(Say hello to the perfect duo that’ll have you savoring every bite in harmony)

Flavorful Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

Looking for a protein-packed powerhouse to go with your delightful meal prep treat? Meet the black bean and quinoa salad.

Bursting with fresh flavors, this zesty side complements the smoky richness of the brisket while adding a nutritious punch.

This black bean and quinoa salad with its vibrant colors and refreshing crunch makes every mouthful a delightful surprise.

Together, they create a balanced and satisfying feast for your summer gatherings.

Vibrant Fruit Punch Slushies

Beat the summer heat with these cool and fruity punch slushies

A refreshing blend of mixed frozen fruits and juices, these slushies provide a burst of juicy sweetness that pairs perfectly with the smoky flavors of the main dish.

Sip on these vibrant slushies to keep your palate refreshed and your taste buds dancing throughout your delicious Texas-style BBQ feast.

These mouthwatering side dishes are the perfect companions to your smoky, tangy, and flavorful 4th of July spread. 

Whether it’s the creamy cauliflower mashed potatoes, the protein-packed black bean and quinoa salad, or the refreshing fruit punch slushies.

(Your taste buds are in for a tantalizing treat. 

And there you have it, the ultimate recipe for a fantastic 4th of July celebration.

With smoked brisket with tangy slaw as the star of the show, your taste buds are in for a flavor-packed delight.

Embrace the magic of low and slow cooking, and let the smoky aroma fill the air as you grill your way to BBQ greatness.

But that’s not all – you’ve got now the perfect side dishes to complete your feast.

Creamy cauliflower mashed potatoes, protein-packed black bean and quinoa salad.

And refreshing fruit punch slushies all come together to create a mouthwatering symphony. 

So, fire up the grill, prepare this for your family, and celebrate the red, white, and blue with this sensational 4th of July spread.

Enjoy the delicious food, the laughter, and the joy of being together.

Happy grilling, and have a blast celebrating the freedom we all cherish! 

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Why is my smoked brisket rubbery?

Ah, the dreaded rubbery brisket. Don’t fret, it happens to the best of us.

The most common culprit is overcooking. Remember, low and slow is the name of the game, but going too long can turn that tender brisket into a rubbery mess.

To avoid this, make sure to monitor your cooking time and aim for an internal temperature of around 195°F to 203°F (90°C to 95°C) for that perfect tenderness.

How to utilize leftovers?

Leftovers? (Oh, they’re a blessing in disguise)

Transform those extra slices of smoked brisket into a variety of mouthwatering delights.

From epic sandwiches and quesadillas to loaded baked potatoes and brisket-topped pizzas, the possibilities are endless.

Get creative, and let your culinary genius shine.

Is smoked brisket healthy?

When it comes to indulging in smoky goodness, moderation is key.

While smoked brisket is a flavorful treat, it’s not the lightest option.

However, you can make it healthier by trimming excess fat before cooking and choosing leaner cuts.

Pair it with nutritious sides like our black bean and quinoa salad or a fresh garden salad.

Balance is the secret to enjoying this BBQ classic guilt-free.

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