Free Brisket Smoking Class

How to Smoke a Central Texas Style Brisket

Whether you are trying to smoke your first brisket or looking for troubleshooting assistance, you first need to understand that smoking a brisket is as much of an Art as it is a Science.  Like any scientific method, you can often achieve more consistent results by controlling variables.  But, given the infinite number of variables involved in smoking a brisket, being able to adapt is really the key to success.

Famed Texas Pitmasters Tim McLaughlin and Damian Avila

BBQ & A 

In the following pages and videos, I engage in a BBQ & A with Crossbuck BBQ’s chef-pitmasters as we walk through the entire process of how to create an authentic Central Texas style smoked brisket - the type of brisket made popular by the smoking techniques used in Lockhart, Texas – The Barbecue Capital of Texas.

Background Info

Crossbuck BBQ Pitmasters Tim and Damian

Meet Our Famed Pitmasters

Meet Tim and Damian, our chef-pitmasters who have smoked over 200,000 briskets

Crossbuck BBQ's Central Texas Style Smoked Brisket being sliced

Authentic Central Texas Style Brisket

Learn about the key elements of Central Texas style smoking.

Crossbuck BBQ's Offset Smokers from MGrills

Our Smokers & Smoke Room

Learn about our 5-1/2 ton smokers and environmentally-controlled smoke room.

Stack of Crossbuck BBQ's Post Oak Wood

The Best Wood for Smoking a Brisket

Get some insight into choosing the best wood or combination of wood for your brisket.  

How to Cook a Texas Style Smoked Brisket

10 Steps to Smoking a Great Brisket

Tray of Central Texas Style BBQ

Serving, Sauces, & Sides 

Central Texas style brisket is not just known for its taste, it's also stands out as it was historically served butcher counter style, with no sauce, no sides and sometimes no utensils.  It's known for being served with basic white bread, sliced onions, pickles and peppers - sort of like you see here without the fresh-baked Crossbuck roll. Read more about serving, sauces, & sides.

Footnotes & Disclaimers

It's probably also worth mentioning that people's tastes vary tremendously when it comes to brisket.  Beyond the basic “lean or fatty” question, different palates prefer different smokes, different flavors, and different sauces.  In the restaurant world, you learn real quickly how to develop a thick skin…especially in Texas…where a disproportionate number of people consider themselves BBQ critics. 

Our goal with this class is to help you understand how Central Texas style brisket is prepared...not convince you that it is the best brisket or what you should like.  It's what we think is think is the best smoked brisket in America and what we love.

Also, it is important to note that there is lot of guidance online about how to smoke a brisket and much of this information is based on one’s process, equipment, timing concerns and possibly even competition rules. 

Realistically, smoking a brisket on a small backyard pellet smoker or Kamado style grill is going to be different than a large, wood-fired, offset smoker.   

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Crossbuck BBQ Smoked Brisket

Chopped Brisket

Served in convenient oven-safe, vacuum-sealed, 1 lb. bags.

Crossbuck BBQ Smoked Brisket

Sliced, Half or Whole Brisket

Served in convenient oven-safe, vacuum-sealed, bags.

Crossbuck BBQ Smoked Brisket

Samplers and Gift Packs

Central Texas Style Brisket + other Crossbuck favorites.