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"I'm Gooche" Sous Vide Smoked Brisket

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Sous vide smoked brisket recipe that is a fail-safe way to get consistently moist and tender brisket every single time. 

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You don’t need to be a pitmaster or badass weekend smoker king to deliver the goods since the beauty of sous vide cooking is it can make any Joe Smo an ace in the kitchen and match the bog boys.

The brisket is seasoned with a simple rub, cooked to a precise temperature with the sous vide, and finished in the smoker for that gotta have it brisket bar and smokiness.

“I’m glad I ain’t got nothin to do and ain’t got no where to be, I think I’ll throw something on the grill cause later on I’m trying to eat…I’ll be chillin on Gooche.”

 

Sous Vide Brisket Ingredients

Most brisket recipes tend to be elaborate with unique, swear by “tricks” most of which are unproven and likely unnecessary. Good brisket according to this Texas boy is about a simple salt and pepper rub, time and smoke at low temps. So literally there are three ingredients - beef brisket, salt, and pepper!

brisket ingredients on a tray

How To Make Sous Vide Brisket (Step by Step)

Rub - Vacuum Seal - Sous Vide -Smoke - Rest. It’s that simple. The beauty of the sous vide step is it’s a set it and forget it type of cooking, meaning you set the temperature and don’t touch it, monitor it, etc. until the desired cook time is reached. 

You can’t really dry it out. Pre-cooking also means you don’t have to man the smoker much and use as much fuel. You only need about 1 ½ hours in the smoker vs. the 7+ hours typically required. 

And if you know anything about smoking brisket for long hours at a time there can be a lot of variability given struggles to maintain a steady temperature and weather considerations.

Step 1: Prepare The brisket

drying brisket with paper towel
Blot dry the brisket with paper towels
brisket seasoned with salt and pepper
Season generously with coarse black pepper, kosher salt, and pink salt.

Step 2: Vacuum Seal The Brisket

brisket in vacuum seal bag

Step 3: Cook Via Sous Vide

vacuum sealed brisket in water bath
Pre-heat water to 155 degrees (F). Cook the brisket 24-36 hours. Monitor water levels as you may need to add more water deep itno the cooking process.

Step 4: Smoke The Brisket

cooked brisket in vacuum seal bag
Sous vide cooking will render a lot of liquid. Save the juice and add to a homemade sauce.
brisket smoking on grill
Pat the cooked brisket dry again and then add more seasoning for texture. Smoke at 250-275 degrees for about 2 ½ - 3 hours.

Step 5: Let Brisket Rest

brisket covered with tin foil
Place smoked brisket on a cutting board and loosely tint with aluminum foil for about 30-45 minutes.

Step 6: Slice And Serve

smoked brisket on a cutting board
Slice against the grain and serve.

Smoked Brisket Serving Suggestions

In Texas we like our brisket with pickle slices, onions, and slices of white bread. Sauce tends to be optional so that’s your call.

I’ve softened over the years and will make a batch to have on hand for “those guests” but if you don’t ask, well you’re my kinda guest! If you want sides beyond pickles and onions opt for any of these:

Collard Greens Slaw

Southern Mack and Cheese

Black-eyed Pea Salad aka Texas Caviar

Expert Cooking Tips

For similar smoker and/or sous vide recipes try these:

Smoked Trout

Smoked and Fried Cornish Game Hem

Smoked Rack of Lamb

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

72 Hr Sous Vide Short Ribs

Sous Vide Poached Lobster Tails

Smoked Jerk Oxtails

Smoked Butternut Squash

Smoked Whole Cauliflower

Smoked Cabbage Wedges

Smoked Brisket Sous Vide Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Special Equipment Do I Need?

This is a two cook step process that require use of both a sous vide machine and a smoker. There are many sous vide options. I personally use the Anova precision cooker and chose it after using both the Sansaire and Joule models.

Anova is well built, offers bluetooth, and a great recipe library.

Smoker wise I'm an early pellet smoker adopter, specifically a Traeger Smoker. If you're not familiar with pellet smokers check out this pellet smoker 101 breakdown.

 

What is the best time and temperature for sous vide brisket?

Time and temperature settings for your sous vide will net different textures for your brisket from steak like to traditional. Not sure why you’d want steak like so my focus is on traditional Texas style bbq restaurant like texture.

I followed Serious Eats’ temperature reco for 155 degrees (F) and cooked for 24 hours.

Do I have to smoke the brisket right away?

Another benefit of sous vide cooking is you don’t necessarily have to go straight from the water bath to the smoker. If for whatever reason you don’t have time  right away, feel free to refrigerate up to 7 days before smoking. 

How Long Should I Smoke The Brisket?

Three hours is sufficient to get great smoke flavor and that serious bark. Just stay at that low temperature (250 max) for 2 ½ - 3 hours so you don’t dry the brisket out.

Leftover Brisket Recipes

Brisket Grilled Cheese

Brisket Stuffed Avocado

Instant Pot Collard Greens with Brisket

Instant Pot Beans with Brisket

Brisket Fried Rice

Brisket Tex-Mex Migas

Birria Tacos

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smoked brisket on a cutting board

Sous Vide Smoked Brisket

The best of two worlds. Brisket cooked sous vide and smoked.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 day 3 hours
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: BBQ
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 586kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Equipment

  • Smoker
  • Sous Vide Precision Smoker

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs brisket flat or point cut
  • ¼ cup coarse black pepper
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoon pink salt

Instructions

  • Slice the brisket in half crosswise. Pat each half dry with paper towels.
  • Combine black pepper, kosher salt, and pink salt in a mixing bowl. Rub the each brisket half well using about half to ⅔s of the spice rub.
  • Place each brisket half in a vacuum bag and seal. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  • Set-up Sous Vide cooker and pre-heat water bath to 155 degrees (F). Add the brisket and cook 24 hours. Allow brisket to cool to room temperature. Remove the brisket from the vacuum seal and pat dry again with paper towel. Add the remaining spice rub mix.
  • Finish brisket in the smoker cooked over indirect heat between 250-275 degrees for about 3 hours. A dark bark should have formed by this point.
  • Transfer brisket to a cutting board then lightly tint with foil for 30-45 minutes as the brisket rests. Cut against the grain and serve.

Notes

  • Depending on size of your brisket, you’ll likely need to cut it for it to fit in vacuum seal bags. Slice brisket in half crosswise
  • Be careful that none of the brisket rub touches the edges of the bags when sealing as it can compromise the seal.
  • Add pink salt to your rub to give the brisket that pink smoke ring look during cooking
  • Let the vacuum-sealed brisket rest a few hours refrigerated before cooking
  • If making sauce reserve some of the liquid that renders during sous vide step. Add it to your sauce recipe and cook it down some
  • Blot dry the brisket and add another round of the rub before smoking. This will help get that mighty essential crust
  • Make sure to let the brisket rest 30-45 minutes before slicing.
  • When slicing cut against the grain for maximum tenderness.

Nutrition

Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 78g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 234mg | Sodium: 9665mg | Potassium: 1247mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 7mg
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