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Smoky Southern Beef Brisket

Yields12 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time5 hrsTotal Time5 hrs 10 mins

Perfectly suited for a casual gathering, the Southern flavours of smoke and sarsaparilla linger in this relaxed roast! Marinate ahead and then barbecue-smoke for easy hands-off cooking!

 2 heads garlic
 1 large onion, sliced
 1 can (355 mL) root beer
 ¼ cup (50 mL) Worcestershire sauce
 ¼ cup (50 mL) red wine vinegar
 ¼ cup (50 mL) packed brown sugar
 ¼ cup (50 mL) liquid honey
 1 tbsp (15 mL) dry mustard
 1 tsp (5 mL) pepper
 ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
 4 lb (1.81 kg) Beef Brisket Pot Roast (thick Double/Point End/Deckle section) NOT Flat End/First Cut)

Slice off top of garlic heads; wrap in foil and bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until softened, about 50 minutes. Squeeze garlic cloves into large sealable freezer bag; stir in onion, root beer, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, sugar, honey, mustard, pepper and salt.


Pierce roast all over with fork; add to freezer bag; seal, squeezing out as much air as possible. Refrigerate for 24 hours, turning occasionally.


Transfer marinade into saucepan; add 1 cup water and boil for 3 minutes. Set aside. For 3-burner barbecue, place drip pan under grill in centre of barbecue; add 1/2 inch (1 cm) water to pan. Light remaining 2 burners and heat barbecue to low (225°F/110°C). Seal soaked hardwood chips in foil packet and poke with holes to let smoke escape; place under grill over a lit burner.


Place roast, fat-side up, on grill over drip pan. Maintaining constant temperature, close lid and cook, turning every 2 hours and basting with marinade, for 5 hours.


Remove roast to cutting board; let stand. Meanwhile, boil remaining marinade until thickened and onions are softened, about 20 minutes. Serve with thin slices of warm brisket.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 471
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g17%
Sodium 236mg10%
Total Carbohydrate 19g7%
Protein 31g62%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.