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Kamado Joe Smoked Brisket

Alright, folks, gather ’round because today we’re diving headfirst into the world of Kamado Joe smoked brisket! I’ve got the lowdown on how to turn that hunk of meat into a flavor-packed masterpiece that’ll have your taste buds dancing a jig. So, let’s fire up those grills and get smokin’!

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How to Make Smoked Brisket on Kamado Joe

First things first, let me regale you with a little tale. You see, my buddy Mike, a barbecue maestro in his own right, introduced me to the wonders of Kamado Joe brisket. The man knows his way around a grill, I tell ya!

Step 1: Choosing the Right Brisket

Now, let’s talk meat. You want a good ol’ packer brisket – that’s the whole enchilada, point and flat, folks! Go for choice or prime grade if you can, ’cause quality matters.

Step 2: Rub It Right!

Once you’ve got your brisket in hand, give it a good rubdown. My go-to mix is a blend of kosher salt, cracked black pepper, garlic powder, and a smidge of paprika. Feel free to throw in some cayenne if you’re feeling spicy!

Step 3: Heat It Up!

Fire up your Kamado Joe to around 250°F. We’re looking for that slow and steady cook, folks! Toss in some wood chips – hickory or oak for that classic flavor.

Step 4: Let the Magic Happen

Place that beautifully seasoned brisket on the grill grates, fat side up. Now, close that lid and let the smoker work its magic. It’s gonna take a good long while, but trust me, it’s worth the wait!

The Stall/Texas Crutch

Now, here’s a little trick for ya somewhere around 160°F, your brisket might hit a wall and stop rising in temperature. Don’t sweat it! Wrap it up in butcher paper or foil, and let it ride until it hits that magical 200°F mark. That’s when you know it’s ready to rock!

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Type of Brisket

Okay, let’s talk meat selection, my friends. Packer brisket is the way to go. It’s got that perfect balance of fat and meat, giving you the juiciest, most flavorful results. Remember, choice or prime grade is where the party’s at!

Simple Rub

When it comes to rubs, I like to keep it simple yet flavorful. That means a generous coating of kosher salt, cracked black pepper, garlic powder, and a hint of paprika for that smoky kick. Don’t be shy with it!

Extra Tips

Now, let’s sprinkle in some pro tips to really up your brisket game:

  • Patience is Key: Smoking brisket is a slow and steady dance. Don’t rush it; let that magic happen.
  • Rest and Relax: Once that brisket hits perfection, let it rest for at least an hour. It’ll thank you with juicy, tender slices.
  • Slicing Savvy: Cut against the grain for melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. It makes all the difference!

What to Serve

Now, let’s talk sides! A hearty mac ‘n’ cheese, tangy coleslaw, and some buttery cornbread are all A-listers in my book. And let’s not forget a smokin’ barbecue sauce for that extra kick of flavor!

What to Do With Leftovers

Ah, the joys of brisket leftovers! Throw ’em in some tacos, slap ’em between buns for a killer sandwich, or toss ’em in a hash for breakfast of champions. The possibilities are endless!

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There you have it, folks – a crash course in Kamado Joe smoked brisket mastery! Remember, it’s all about patience, quality ingredients, and a whole lotta love for the grill. Now go forth, fire up that Kamado Joe, and let the smoky symphony begin!

Overall, it’s been a blast sharing this smokin’ adventure with you. Thanks a bunch for joining me on this carnivorous journey, and remember, keep those grills smokin’!

Kamado Joe Smoked Brisket

Get ready for a flavor explosion with our Kamado Joe smoked brisket recipe. Impress your guests with juicy, perfectly cooked meat that melts in your mouth.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Servings 12


  • 1 whole packer brisket 12-14 pounds
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper for some extra kick
  • Wood chunks hickory or oak


Prep and Rub

  1. Trim the Brisket: Start by trimming the excess fat from the brisket, leaving about 1/4 inch on the fat cap.
  2. Mix the Rub: In a bowl, combine the kosher salt, cracked black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. If you want some extra heat, toss in the cayenne pepper.
  3. Season the Brisket: Generously rub the spice mixture onto the brisket, ensuring an even coating on all sides. Pat it in to help it adhere.

Fire It Up

  1. Preheat the Kamado Joe: Fire up your grill to 250°F. Place a few wood chunks on the coals for that perfect smoky flavor.

Time to Smoke

  1. Place the Brisket: Put the seasoned brisket onto the grill grates, fat side up. Close the lid and let the magic happen!
  2. Monitor Temperature: Keep an eye on the temperature. Around 160°F, you might hit the stall. Don't panic; it's normal. This is where patience comes in.
  3. The Texas Crutch: Once the brisket hits around 160°F, wrap it tightly in butcher paper or foil. This helps power through the stall.

Slow and Steady

  1. Continue Cooking: Let it cook until the internal temperature reaches 200°F. This is where the magic really happens.

Rest and Relax

  1. Let it Rest: Remove the brisket from the grill and place it in an aluminum tray. Cover it with a clean towel and let it rest for at least an hour.

The Grand Finale

  1. Slice and Serve: Now comes the moment of truth! Using a sharp carving knife, slice the brisket against the grain for maximum tenderness. Serve it up and enjoy!
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