Oven “Smoked” Beef Brisket


There are those who will go out of their way to tell you (loudly) that you cannot possibly create a great, smoky brisket in a home oven.  They will extol (also loudly) that you cannot get the flavor or texture of smoked brisket without a specialized smoker or pit. These people will then usually go on to mock (very loudly) what has come to be known as Faux-B-Que as the greatest evil to ever be foisted upon the world of Barbecue.

Sadly, in as much as I know and love some of these people, they are terribly, horribly wrong.

First of all; Faux-B-Que is not necessarily a bad thing. Let’s face it. Not everyone has the luxury of using his or her own smoker, either because of living situations or lack of space to use one. (I doubt many New York building supers would be happy with a smoker running inside one of their buildings.) And then you have the time and maintenance issue.  You have to invest the better part of a day to smoking a piece of meat in a smoker. With faux-b-que, you invest minutes and let the oven or slow cooker do the work.

True, there is no way that I have found to get an exact duplicate of a slow smoked brisket without smoke… A lot of it… Over long periods of time.  You can come very close in terms of flavor and have an almost identical texture though, all without owning a smoker of your own. This is Faux-B-Que at its best, and it has passed the test in a home full of regular eaters of real pit smoked meats.  If it gets their seal of approval, it will pass muster for your guests as well.

While I will not under any circumstances call this barbecue, I swear to you that it is absolutely, utterly and completely succulent and delicious.  If you like beef, you’ll love this. I promise you that.

Let’s get on with it, shall we?

First, lay out a sheet of  foil on a large baking sheet.  Rinse and dry your brisket and lay it on the foil fat side down.


Mix together a batch of Oven smoke juice.


Brush the brisket liberally with smoke juice.


Flip the brisket over and brush the rest of the oven smoke juice on the other side, then wrap tightly in foil. (I think I need new baking sheets soon.)


Place your beef parcel in a low-slow oven and forget about it for 8 or 9 hours. (If you’ve got a big slow cooker, you can just drop the brisket in your crock pot on low.) Don’t worry about it. Don’t peek. It will be fine.  Give the beef and the marinade time to work.  You’ll be rewarded with something that should look like this:


Pull out of the oven and allow to rest for about ten minutes or until it’s cool enough to handle before slicing.  It’s already as tender as it’s ever going to get.


Serve with whatever makes you happy.  We chose mashed potatoes.

Remember all that glorious juice sitting in the foil?  Don’t waste it! Drizzle everything liberally.


And there you have it.  Enjoy!

Oven "Smoked" Beef Brisket
  • 1 – 4-6 pound beef brisket
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 -2 Tbsp chipotle sauce )Or the liquid from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
  1. Heat oven to 220 degrees.
  2. Rinse Brisket and pat dry.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Allow to sit 5 minutes.
  4. Lay brisket fat side down on a baking sheet covered with a large piece of aluminum foil. Brush liberally with oven smoke marinade. flip brisket and brush the fat side with the rest of the marinade.
  5. Wrap tightly in foil and bake at 220 degrees for 8-9 hours.
  6. Share and enjoy!

What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:

If you’d like for the outside of your brisket to have a bit os a char, unwrap and place under a broiler for a few minutes before serving.  This isn’t necessary at all, but it can add to the feel of pit smoked meat.

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  1. says

    You know, I do this for ribs all the time. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this method for a brisket. Brilliant! And it looks even better than when I use my smoker. I’m definitely going to do this!

    • says

      I’m a fan of both methods. If I have the day to spend tending my smoke box, I’ll do it outside. If it’s too cold or if I have to work, the oven rules.

  2. says

    I’m absolutely going to try this, being the huge brisket fan that I am! I do have a large slow cooker. Can I make it in that with the foil wrap, or cook it without the foil? (And thanks for linking to my oven brisket recipe!)

  3. Steve Weeks says

    When I have free time in the morning I use a hybrid method of this by using my smoker for about an hour with the meat (brisket, loin and ribs) on open foil. I turn once about half way into the smoking. When I feel like I have a good real smoke flavor I wrap the foil tight and transfer to the oven. The one downside is at times a bit of the smoke smell escapes and you can smell it in the house. Some will like that, others will not. Also, Colgin makes an Apple wood smoke that works well with many cuts of meat.

  4. shane says


    Just trying this out now. I am unable to attend to a BBQ, nor do I have a smoker. I can not wait for the next 9 hours to pass. Thank you for this recipe :)

    • Jerry says

      Yes! You can use a bit of the juice from a can of Chipotle in adobo, or just add a drop or two of liquid smoke and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.

  5. Tracie A says

    Just pulled this out of the oven, 8hrs, 220. It is dry as a bone! Yuck. Sorry Jerry, but the “leave it alone, don’t worry about it”
    did not pan out for this 5.5lb brisket. Followed your directions to a tee.

  6. says

    Just came across this post and I’m going to try this method! I paid 60.00 for 2 lbs of smoked brisket, good, but WAY to expensive hopefully this is a great alternative! I’m thinking the crock pot method may keep the meat moist….any thoughts please post!

    • Jerry says


      The slow cooker should do an admirable job. Make sure to leave the fat on the brisket (It should have at least a little bit on it) and wrap it tight to keep the juices in. I’d wager that issues with this recipe are due to removing the fat or in cooking it fat side down.

  7. Brendan says

    If you are presenting this as oven “smoked” brisket and not as BBQ to your BBQ fanatic friends and they are still up-in-arms about it, they are idiots. This sounds like a good technique to get something similar to BBQ pit smoked brisket, and just provides other options when one can’t devote the weekend to BBQ’ing (or other reasons). I don’t know if I can dig on brisket without the pink smoke ring, but I will give this a shot sometime to see how close it comes. Thanks.

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