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BBQ beef brisket recipe

BBQ beef brisket recipe

29 ratings

Impress all your friends when you fire up the barbecue with this smoky, sweet and mouthwateringly tender BBQ brisket. This low and slow dish is cooked with care and rubbed with delicious spices, giving you a deep, rich and smoky flavour. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 3 hrs 30 mins to cook
  • 615 calories / serving
  • Dairy-free


  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1kg beef brisket
  • 150ml dry white wine

For the barbecue sauce:

  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 red and 1 green chilli
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 150g soft brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • 100ml tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp smoked sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 red and 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    19g 28%
  • Saturates

    7g 34%
  • Sugars

    48g 54%
  • Salt

    1.6g 27%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 53.4g Protein 55.7g Fibre 2.7g


  1. Preheat oven to gas 2, 150°C, fan 130°C.
  2. Combine the garlic, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, paprika and seasoning and rub all over the brisket. Place in a medium, deep baking tray and pour round the wine and 200ml water. Seal tightly with foil and for 2½-3 hrs or until tender. 
  3. For a delicious smoky finish, after cooking in the oven (before slicing) take the joint of beef out of the tray and lay on the hottest part of the barbecue. Cook undisturbed for 1 min. Carefully turn the meat and continue to cook for a further 4-5 mins, turning occasionally to ensure an even colour.
  4. For the sauce, blitz the garlic and chillies until they form a paste. Add to a pan with a litte oil and cook on medium until starting to brown. Add the lemon and orange juice, sugar and 100ml water, and cook for 5 mins until the liquid starts to evaporate.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to the boil. Cook for 20 mins or until the sauce has darkened slightly and thickened. Serve spooned over the brisket slices. 
See more Brisket recipes

If you're barbecuing for lots of people, cook the meat in the oven first then finish it on the barbecue for flavour and to ensure that it is thoroughly cooked. This is particularly important for burgers, sausages, pork and poultry.

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