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Smoked Beef Brisket Chili Recipe

Today we’re diving into the world of comfort food with a twist: Smoked Beef Brisket Chili Recipe! Picture this: a chilly evening, a crackling fire, and a big ol’ pot of hearty chili simmering away on the stove. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, hold onto your taste buds because I’m about to take you on a flavor-packed journey that’ll have you craving seconds before you even finish your first bowl!

smoked beef brisket chili recipe

How to Make Smoked Beef Brisket Chili Recipe

So, you wanna know the secrets to whipping up a batch of mouthwatering smoked beef brisket chili? Well, buckle up, buttercup, ’cause I’m about to spill the beans (pun totally intended)!

First things first, let’s talk about the star of the show: the beef brisket. Now, I’m not just talking any old brisket here—I’m talking about a beautifully smoked brisket that’s been cooked low and slow until it practically falls apart with the touch of a fork. Trust me, this is where the magic happens.

Start by seasoning your brisket with a flavorful rub. I’m talking garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin—get creative with it! Then, pop that bad boy onto your smoker and let it work its smoky magic for a good few hours. Patience is key here, folks.

Once your brisket is nice and tender, it’s time to give it the chop. You want those juicy, smoky chunks of meat to be the star of your chili, so don’t skimp on the portion size!

Next up, it’s time to get your chili base going. Saute some onions and garlic in a big ol’ pot until they’re nice and fragrant, then add in your diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and whatever other veggies tickle your fancy. Oh, and don’t forget the spices! Chili powder, cayenne pepper, a pinch of cinnamon—go wild!

Now, here’s where things get interesting: toss in those glorious chunks of smoked brisket and let everything simmer together until the flavors meld into pure chili perfection. Trust me, your kitchen is gonna smell like heaven.

What type of wood/pellets to use for this recipe?

Alright, let’s talk wood, my friends. When it comes to smoking that brisket, you want a wood that’s gonna pack a punch in the flavor department. Personally, I’m a big fan of hickory or mesquite for that classic smoky flavor, but feel free to experiment with different woods to find your perfect match!

chili with smoked brisket

Additional Tips

Now, I’m all about making life easier in the kitchen, so here are a few extra tips to take your chili game to the next level:

  1. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your toppings! Sour cream, shredded cheese, diced avocado—go nuts! The more, the merrier, I say.
  2. If you’re short on time, you can totally cheat and use pre-cooked brisket. Ain’t no shame in taking a shortcut every now and then!
  3. Want to kick up the heat? Throw in a chopped jalapeno or two for some extra spice. Just be sure to have a glass of milk handy for anyone who can’t handle the heat!

What to serve

Alright, so you’ve whipped up a batch of smoky beef brisket chili—now what? Well, my friend, the possibilities are endless! Serve it up in a big ol’ bowl with a side of cornbread for a classic combo, or get creative and use it as a topping for hot dogs, nachos, or even baked potatoes. The world is your chili-filled oyster!

smoked beef brisket chili

What to do with leftovers

Now, if you somehow find yourself with leftovers (hey, it happens to the best of us), fear not! Smoked beef brisket chili is like a fine wine—it only gets better with age. Store any leftovers in the fridge or freezer and reheat them whenever you need a cozy pick-me-up. Trust me, future you will thank you for it!

Overall, folks, making smoked beef brisket chili is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. So fire up that smoker, grab your biggest pot, and get ready to embark on a flavor-packed adventure that’ll warm your soul and fill your belly. And remember, no matter how you like your chili, as long as it’s made with love (and maybe a little bit of smoked brisket), you can’t go wrong!

Smoked Beef Brisket Chili Recipe

Easy Smoked Beef Brisket Chili Recipe - Dive into a hearty bowl of homemade chili featuring tender smoked brisket chunks.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Smoking Brisket 8 hours
Servings 8


  • 3 lbs beef brisket
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cans 14.5 oz each diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans 15 oz each kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese sour cream, chopped cilantro


Smoking the Brisket

  1. Prepare your smoker according to manufacturer's instructions and preheat it to 225°F (107°C).
  2. Rub the beef brisket all over with salt, pepper, and any additional spices you like.
  3. Place the brisket on the smoker rack and smoke it for 6-8 hours, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 195-205°F (90-96°C).
  4. Once smoked, remove the brisket from the smoker and let it rest for 30 minutes. Then, chop it into bite-sized chunks.

Cooking the Chili

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add diced onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  3. Stir in diced tomatoes (with their juices), drained kidney beans, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. After 30 minutes, add the chopped smoked brisket to the pot and continue to simmer for another 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve hot, garnished with your favorite toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, and chopped cilantro.

Serving and Enjoying

  1. Ladle the hot chili into bowls and sprinkle with your desired toppings.
  2. Serve alongside cornbread, rice, or tortilla chips for a complete meal.
  3. Enjoy your smoky, hearty beef brisket chili with family and friends!
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