Smoked Brisket in the Digital Electric Smoker

Don’t be intimidated to cook a brisket. Simply put your brisket in the Digital Electric Smoker for an easy, foolproof cooking process. Use this guide for simple steps to smoked brisket in an electric smoker for a guaranteed brisket win!

How to Cook a Brisket in an Electric Smoker


Choose your brisket.

Look for a brisket that bends easily – This piece will have a lot of connective tissue, making tender meat once smoked. You also want to look for a brisket that has fat marbling running throughout as well as a layer of fat on top.


Season your brisket.

If you want brisket that has a flavorful outer crust, use a dry rub. BBQ seasonings like brown sugar, cumin, and smoked paprika complement the smoky flavor of brisket, or try our recipe for smoked brisket rub. Another great option for seasoning your brisket is to use a simple marinade. Try this smoked brisket marinade for more tips.


Preheat your smoker.

Set the electric smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Place wood chips in smoker box. Choose a smoking wood flavor that complements beef, like hickory or oak. We suggest using mesquite wood chips for smoked brisket.


Smoke your brisket.

Large brisket (+12 lbs.) will take about 10-12 hours to smoke fully, while smaller briskets (5 lbs.) will only take about 5 hours. Use a digital meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the brisket. The meat will be thoroughly cooked and ready to take out once it has reached 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hot Tip: Elevate the brisket while it’s in the smoker to help smoke reach all sides of the meat.


Most BBQ enthusiasts say brisket should rest in a warmer or oven for about 3 hours once it has been removed from the smoker. If you’re pressed for time though, fend off the hungry crowd for at least 15 minutes. This will allow most of the juices settle before carving.

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