Smoked Corned Beef Recipe

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Do you ever see those food commercials where someone is cutting some really good looking smoked corned beef? Believe it or not, this is actually the reason why I wanted to learn how to make this recipe. Seeing something look so delicious made me want to replicate it so my family and I can have it whenever we want.

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I want you to have this too. So today, I’m going to provide you with all of the information you need to make this delicious recipe.

Is pastrami just smoked corned beef?

No. A lot of people seem to believe this but they actually come from different parts of the animal. Corned beef is made from the brisket which is the lower chest of the cow.

While pastrami can come from the brisket, which is one reason why a lot of people get confused, it’s generally not cut from the brisket. It’s usually cut from the shoulder or below the ribs.

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What is the best wood to smoke corned beef?

There are a lot of great options to use. Some of the most popular choices are cherry, hickory, or mesquite. Each adds a different flavor to the beef so what you use is a personal preference. I personally like to use cherry wood.

Do you rinse corned beef before cooking?

Many people are afraid that rinsing the meet will remove the flavor and make it taste bland. In reality, the opposite actually happens. Sometimes meat can have salt tucked in the folds of the meat.

The reason you want to rinse the meat is to remove that salt. This helps the beef not be too salty once it is done cooking.

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What makes a good smoked corned beef recipe?

Like I just mentioned before, the amount of salt can make a good recipe but too much can make it bad. The same thing applies to other seasonings as well. Too much can ruin the meal, but using the right amount makes everything taste so much better.

Of course, the quality of the cut is important as well. If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that it doesn’t matter how good of a cook you are. If you have poor ingredients, the entire recipe is destined to fail.

With all of that being said, it’s time to start preparing everything.

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Smoked Corned Beef

Prep Time: 24 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 24 minutes

Homemade smoked corned beef ready in 5 hours.


  • 3-pound corned beef brisket that's flat cut. Make sure the fat cap is 1/4 inch thick at least
  • 3 tbsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Bottle BBQ Sauce (The Sweet and Tangy Type is the best for this)
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard


  1. Take the brisket out of the package it came in and throw away the spice packet if it came with one. After that, have the brisket soak in water for 8 hours. You need to change the water every 2 hours. The last part is very important!
  2. Once this is done, set your smoker to 275 degrees Fahrenheit and preheat.
  3. Combine black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Season corned beef generously with the spice mixture.
  4. With the fat side of the brisket facing up, put it into the smoker for 2 hours.
  5. While that is going, mix the mustard and barbecue sauce together a medium bowl, mix it by whisking.
  6. Once the sauce is done, pour half of it into an aluminum foil pan that's disposable. Then move the brisket over to the pan with the fat facing up. Use tongs for this. Once moved, pour the rest of the sauce onto the brisket. Spread it evenly by using a spatula. Then use aluminum foil to cover the pan.
  7. Move the brisket back to the smoker for another 2-3 hours. You can choose to remove it if its tender. It's also important that the internal temperature is 203 degrees Fahrenheit on your thermometer.
  8. Remove the brisket from the smoker and allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes. This should be done at room temperature. Make 1/4 inch slices and then proceed to serve the food.
That’s it! You know have a tasty brisket ready for you and your family to dive into. No longer do you have to go to a restaurant to have this. You can now make it at home!

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