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Smoked Bison Brisket

Hey there, my fellow carnivores and grill enthusiasts! Buckle up, ’cause we’re about to dive into the smoky world of something truly epic: Smoked Bison Brisket. Yup, you heard that right. I’m your trusty BBQ buddy, and today I’m gonna spill the beans on how to turn that tough bison brisket into a flavor-packed, melt-in-your-mouth masterpiece. So grab your aprons and let’s get grillin’!

smoked bison brisket

How to make smoked bison brisket

Alright, y’all, let’s start with the basics. We’re talkin’ about a big hunk of bison brisket here, so patience is gonna be your best friend. First off, grab that brisket and let it hang out at room temperature for a bit. While you’re waiting, fire up your pellet grill to about 225°F (that’s around 107°C, for my pals across the pond).

Now, onto the rubdown! Slather that brisket with a rub that’s gonna make it sing. Me? I’m all about a mix of brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, a pinch of cayenne for some zing, and a dash of cumin. Massage that bad boy in like you’re giving it a spa day, and don’t be shy – use enough rub to coat every inch.

Pop that brisket onto the grill, toss in some wood pellets for that smoky magic, and let it dance with the smoke for the next 6 to 8 hours. I know, I know – it’s a long time, but trust me, the payoff is gonna be legendary.

The rub

Now, let’s talk about rubs, my flavor fiends. The right rub can take your brisket from zero to hero in no time. You want a rub that’s gonna play nice with that rich bison flavor. That’s why I’m diggin’ a mix of sweet and smoky – it’s like a BBQ tango on your taste buds! Remember, don’t be afraid to get creative. Throw in some coffee grounds for a deep, earthy kick, or maybe a hint of cocoa powder for a touch of decadence.

bison brisket smoker recipe

What wood pellets to use

Ah, the wood pellets – the secret behind that smokin’ goodness. For bison brisket, I’m all about hickory or oak. They’re like the supporting actors that steal the show. Hickory brings that robust, bacon-like flavor, while oak adds a mellow, well-rounded smokiness. It’s like a flavor symphony, and your brisket is the star conductor.

What to serve

Alright, folks, let’s talk sides. You can’t just have a smokin’ hot brisket without some killer companions, right? Personally, I’d throw together some tangy coleslaw with a twist – maybe toss in some jicama or apple for that extra crunch. And you can never go wrong with some buttery cornbread or a heapin’ helping of mac ‘n’ cheese. Oh, and don’t forget a jar of pickles – they’re the brisket’s BFF.

What to do with leftovers

If you’ve got any of that succulent smoked bison brisket left (which, let’s be real, is a rare feat), you’re in for a treat. Whip up some killer tacos by shredding that brisket and piling it high on warm tortillas with a zesty lime slaw. Or, why not toss it into a hearty chili for a flavor bomb that’ll knock your socks off? Leftovers? More like flavor opportunities!

smoked bison brisket recipe

Whew, we’ve covered some serious ground today, haven’t we? From prepping that bison brisket to choosing the perfect rub and wood pellets, we’ve turned this beast into a backyard BBQ superstar. So go ahead, invite some friends over, fire up that pellet grill, and let the good times – and flavors – roll!

And hey, if you ever find yourself in a brisket bind, just remember my motto: “Smoke it low, smoke it slow, and let the flavors steal the show!” Thanks a million for kickin’ back with me today, and until next time, keep smokin’ and rockin’, my BBQ aficionados!

Smoked Bison Brisket

Craving something extraordinary? Try our smoked bison brisket recipe for a bold and unforgettable dining experience. Get ready to savor every bite!

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 8


  • 1 whole bison brisket about 8-10 pounds

For the Rub:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For Smoking:

  • 4 cups hickory or oak wood pellets


Preparing the Bison Brisket

  1. First things first, let's give that bison brisket some time to chillax. Take it out of the fridge and let it hang out at room temperature for about an hour. This will ensure even cooking.

Crafting the Epic Rub

  1. While the brisket is soaking up the warmth, let's concoct the rub of dreams. Grab a mixing bowl and toss in the brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, ground cumin, salt, and a good grind of black pepper. Mix it up until it's as cozy as a huddle by the fire.

Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Brisket Style

  1. Lay that bison brisket on a clean surface and give it a good massage with the rub. No need to be shy – we want every nook and cranny covered. Make sure that brisket feels the love!

Setting the Stage – The Smoker

  1. Fire up your pellet grill to about 225°F (that's approximately 107°C, for my pals across the pond). Let it get to that sweet spot and maintain that temperature. It's like setting the stage for a Broadway show – you want it perfect!

Let the Smoke Dance

  1. Time to introduce that brisket to the smoke show. Pop it onto the grill and let it mingle with the wood pellets. Close the lid and let the magic happen. This is where patience comes in – we're talking 6 to 8 hours of smoky seduction.

That Sweet Aroma... and the Meat Thermometer

  1. As that brisket dances with the smoke, you're gonna be hit with the most divine aroma. Your neighbors might start knockin' on your door, so be ready to share the love!
  2. Around the 6-hour mark, grab your trusty meat thermometer and check that brisket's internal temperature. We're aiming for a tender 195°F (about 90°C). Once it hits that mark, you're in business.

The Reveal

  1. Time to unveil your masterpiece! Carefully take that smoky bison brisket off the grill and wrap it snugly in aluminum foil. Let it rest like it's on vacation for about 30-45 minutes. This step is like the calm before the flavor storm.

Slicing and Savoring

  1. Grab your sharpest knife and get ready to create brisket magic. Slice that bad boy against the grain into thick, luscious pieces. The smoke ring, the tenderness – it's like a work of art on your plate.
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