Knowing how to cook a brisket isn’t an easy task but when you have an idea of what is going on it isn’t that hard either. There are a few ways of doing this job properly and one of them is using your gas grill. Now, most people will say that this is best done on a coal grill but that isn’t true, as gas models can also handle this task properly, depending on the steps you follow. In this article we’ll go through the steps it takes to make the perfect brisket on your gas grill and see are there any other alternatives to this process.
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The Two Methods
There are two main methods that you can cook a brisket with. Those are:
- Grilling it
- Cooking it in the oven
Now, let’s take a look at both methods individually and see which are their exact steps as well as advantages over the other method…
Grilling A Brisket
Before you get to the grilling part there are some preparations you need to undergo. The first one is to season the brisket itself.
Rub it with salt and pepper and place it on a baking sheet for about an hour. This step helps the water to be drawn out of your brisket prior to the smoking which you will do in a few moments.
The second thing is to prepare the wood chips. Get 4 soaked cups of wood chips and 2 cups of dried ones. The best kinds for this job are hickory, oak, apple, etc.
When it comes to the actual gas grill, keep only one of the burners fired up (or one side of the grill). Let it warm up to around 220-250 degrees which is the perfect temperature for the job. Put your smoke box on top and place roughly half a cup of the soaked chips. If you want to increase the smoke without increasing the temperature add some of the dry wood chips.
Put the brisket with its fatty side up as far away as possible from the burner and close the top lid of the grill. Check on the wood chips and the brisket every one hour and refill with soaked chips if you run low. Keep the openings to a minimum.
Smoke the brisket for around 12 hours and turn it every 3-4 hours (only if the cooking is uneven!). When you are done the thickest part should read around 200 degrees while the meat itself should be tender and should come apart easily.
Pro Tip: You need to cook with the fat side up. Of course, it is a matter of choice and preference, but if you do that all the flavor and sauce will drip through the brisket itself and will base around it resulting in a richer taste!
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Using your oven
If you don’t want to wait all day for your brisket to be ready then this method is just the right thing for you. Wrap the brisket in tin foil and place it in a preheated to 250 degrees oven. Let it cook for around 4 hours until it reaches that same 200 degree temperature.
What this method lacks is that you won’t have the same smoked flavor but you can actually combine both methods with the first few hours on the grill and then placing it in the oven. That way it will take some of the smoking taste and flavor and maintain it throughout the oven cooking.
After you are done cooking the brisket let it rest for half an hour. Then, if you are into the Texan way, eat it with no sauce but a little vinegar and BBQ sauce won’t hurt!
If smoking ribs is what you are after, we suggest checking out this article on the topic.
How Long Do You Cook Brisket Per Pound?
There is no exact answer to this question, as different temperatures and grill styles (coal, gas, etc) will handle the brisket differently. As a rule of thumb, try to stick to 1 hour of cooking per every pound of your brisket.
How long do you cook a brisket on a charcoal grill?
Charcoal grill cooking of a brisket isn’t much different than the one done on a gas grill with the main difference being how hard it is to keep the exact 220-250 degree range of temperature. When that is done, place the brisket over the indirect heat portion of your grill and smoke it for around 4 hours (or up to 8 hours for larger briskets).
How long do you cook a brisket at 225 degrees?
The time it takes for a brisket to be properly cooked at a 225 degree temperature is around 6 to 8 hours. Once the temperature of the thermometer (instant read one) reaches 175 degrees, your meal is ready.
Cooking the perfect brisket is an art and most modern home-chefs think that the only way to properly do this is with a coal grill. Still, there are countless of other recipes by using a gas grill and even an oven. Another way of doing it is by braising it, which is the traditional way in some states and it results in a very tasty end product. Still, knowing how to cook a brisket on a gas grill is an advantage as it will save you a lot of effort required when cooking on top of coals. We hope that this article was helpful to you and if you got any cooking related questions, feel free to reach us on via contact page!