Is this brisket really better than sex? Find out for yourself!

Better than sex? Well, we will let you be the judge of that. But we have to admit this is the best pellet grill brisket recipe we’ve ever had. If you’re patient and follow these easy smoked brisket steps, your taste-buds are sure to be rewarded. This recipe is perfect for really any occasion, and is sure to become a favorite in your house!

If this is your first beef brisket, be sure to check out the ThermoWorks blog post on brisket. This is a great post that explains all about brisket, plus the temperatures you will need.


Better Than Sex Pellet Smoked Brisket


1 flat brisket

1/8 cup of coffee grounds

1/4 cup of Traeger’s prime rib rub or McCormick’s Montreal Steak Rub

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 tablespoons smoked paprika

Pellets: Hickory, Mesquite

Cooking Directions

Start your pellet grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes).

The key to a good brisket is a good cooking thermometer. We love ThermoWorks thermometers. They’re quick, durable, and the best in the business. For a brisket we recommend the ThermoWorks ThermaQ. This gives you readings for the meat and your grill grate temperature. You want to make sure the surface temperature of your grill is at the correct temp.

Rub brisket with the rub mixture. Rubbing the mixture on the brisket the night before will help the salt in the mixture breakdown the meat fibers making the meat more tender. It will also allow the rub to penetrate the meat a little more. Think of it as a dry brine so to speak.

Place on grill grate and smoke at 180 degrees for 3 hours.

Remove brisket and then turn grill to 275 degrees, double wrap brisket in foil, return it to grill and let it cook for 3.5 to 4 hours – until the internal meat temp. reaches 195-203°F.

Once it is finished, remove from grill. Keep it wrapped and let rest in a cooler for at least a half hour or whenever you’re ready to slice it. Cut and serve.

Tip: remember to cut your meat against the grain as it will be much more tender.

This is our favorite brisket recipe. If you have a favorite and would like to share, please share it in the comments below.