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Smoky Bourbon Brisket Recipe Preps Easy in 20 Minutes — No Fancy Smoker Needed

This BBQ delight has the right balance of sweet, rich and tangy flavors for your next gathering

If you need a BBQ main to wow your crowd, look no further than this Smoky Bourbon Brisket recipe! The slab of beef brisket is coated with a sweet and smoky spice rub before it’s glazed with bourbon-kissed BBQ sauce to create this juicy centerpiece. On top of this, you don’t need a smoker to infuse the meat with a rich flavor. Utilizing your grill’s direct and indirect you’ll create a brisket that’s caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside.

Try an easy variation of this recipe by making Ginger-Hoisin Brisket. Simply omit the bourbon and Dijon mustard and substitute in ground ginger for the paprika. Swap in ½ cup hoisin for the ketchup and vinegar and add 1 Tbs. lime juice. From there, continue with the remaining steps in the recipe.

Serve your brisket with sides like Cabbage Fennel Slaw or Grilled Parmesan Corn on the Cob.


12 servings

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Prep Time


  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs. smoked paprika
  • 4 lbs. beef brisket
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard


• Prepare grill for medium-high direct- and indirect-heat cooking. Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika and 1/2 tsp. salt; rub over both sides of brisket. In separate bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, bourbon and mustard; reserve.

• Place brisket on grill over direct heat. Cook 20 min., flipping halfway through cooking time. Remove from heat. Pour reserved barbecue mixture over meat; wrap tightly with foil. Return brisket to grill over indirect heat; cook until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part registers 200°F, about 2 hrs. Transfer brisket to serving platter. Tent with foil; let rest 20 min. before slicing.


  • Calories: 430 kcal
  • Fat: 27 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 10 gram
  • Protein: 29 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 13 gram
  • Fiber: 0 gram
  • Cholesterol: 100 mg
  • Sugar: 11 gram
  • Sodium: 330 mg
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