Recipe courtesy of Jack McDavid

Pit Smoked Beef Brisket and Hot Smoked Sausage with Texas Barbecue Sauce

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  • Total: 14 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 8 hr 10 min
  • Cook: 6 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings


Smoked Beef Brisket:


Brisket Mop or Marinade:

Hot Smoked Sausage:


  1. Mix all the ingredients together, saving 1/4 cup, and rub the brisket vigorously. Store brisket well sealed overnight in a shallow pan.;

Brisket Mop or Marinade:

  1. In a medium sauce pot, place bacon, onion garlic, and celery. Cook over medium heat until browned. Add 4 bottles of beer to the pot. It's going to be a long day; you will need the other beers for the cook. Bring the pot to a boil. Add rub, mustard, pepper, zest, juice, soy sauce and vinegar. Continue to slowly simmer, for 1 hour, as the meat smokes.
  2. Start a charcoal fire on one side of the grill. Add post oak pieces that have been well soaked (1 hour), or still green and uncured. Control the heat of the fire by closing the air vents to the grill. Place brisket, fat side up, on indirect heat (not over the fire) and close the top of the grill. Grill should be 300 degrees. Baste meat continuously with mop every 30 minutes. When turning meat always carefully use a spatula and never prick the meat. Tongs or forks may pierce the meat allowing juices to escape making the meat dry and tough. Brisket will be done in about 4 1/2 to 5 hours or when internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Allow to rest 30 minutes before slicing.
  3. Remove any excess fat and slice brisket across grain 3/8 inches thick. Texans don't use barbecue sauce, but they haven't tried these. Serve hot smoked sausages split, brisket sliced, BBQ sauce, white bread and pickled peppers.

Hot Smoked Sausage:

  1. Place sausages on smoking grill beside the brisket with indirect heat, not over the fire. Cook at 300 degrees for 1 1/4 hours.
  2. Chipolte BBQ Sauce: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, smashed 1 cup chopped tomatoes 1 cup ketchup 1/2 cup coffee 3 tablespoons molasses 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon Worcesterchire sauce 2 chipotle peppers In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, place oil, onion and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer for about 8 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and puree in food processor. Serve right away or let cool and refrigerate.
  3. Pickled Peppers: 3 cups cider vinegar 3 cups pineapple juice 1 tablespoon cracked peppercorns 2 teaspoons thyme leaves 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon salt 40 jalapenos 25 garlic cloves 1 red onion, peeled and chopped 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
  4. In a large saucepan over high heat, bring vinegar, juice, peppercorns, thyme, bay leaves and salt to a full boil. Add jalapeno, garlic, onion and carrots and bring to a boil again. Remove from heat. Transfer to a large container and seal.