How to Smoke a Brisket in a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker

Are you ready to take your BBQ skills to the next level?

In this article, we’ll show you how to smoke a mouthwatering brisket in a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. Whether you’re a seasoned pitmaster or a beginner, we’ve got you covered.

We’ll guide you through choosing the perfect brisket, preparing it for smoking, setting up your smoker, and achieving that melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

Get ready to impress your friends and family with your smoky culinary masterpiece!

Choosing the Right Brisket

To get started, you’ll want to make sure you choose the right brisket for smoking in your Masterbuilt electric smoker. When it comes to selecting a brisket, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, look for a brisket with good marbling. This means you want to see streaks of fat running through the meat, as this will help keep it moist and flavorful during the smoking process. Additionally, it’s important to consider the size of the brisket. Aim for a brisket that weighs around 10 to 12 pounds, as this will ensure even cooking and allow for a longer smoking time without drying out the meat.

Once you’ve chosen the right brisket, it’s time to prepare it for smoking. Start by trimming the excess fat from the brisket. You want to leave about a quarter-inch of fat on the top to help keep the meat moist, but remove any thick chunks of fat that won’t render down during smoking.

Next, it’s time to marinate the brisket. This step is optional, but it can add extra flavor and tenderness to the meat. You can use a simple marinade of your choice, such as a mixture of Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, garlic, and spices. Let the brisket marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or overnight for maximum flavor penetration.

Preparing the Brisket for Smoking

First, make sure you’ve properly seasoned and marinated your brisket before placing it in the smoker. Marinating the brisket adds flavor and helps tenderize the meat, resulting in a juicy and delicious end product.

Here are some marinating techniques you can try:

  • Dry Rub: Create a mixture of salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and any other spices you prefer. Rub this mixture all over the brisket, making sure to cover every surface.

  • Marinade: Prepare a marinade using ingredients like soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and spices. Place the brisket in a large ziplock bag or airtight container and pour the marinade over it. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.

  • Injection: Using a meat injector, inject a flavorful liquid, such as beef broth or a marinade, into the brisket. This method ensures that the flavors penetrate deep into the meat.

Before marinating, it’s important to trim the brisket. Remove any excess fat, as it can hinder the absorption of flavor and prevent the meat from cooking evenly. Trim the fat down to about ¼ inch thickness for the best results.

Setting Up the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker

Make sure you have all the necessary supplies and ingredients ready before you begin setting up the smoker. Cleaning the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker is crucial for maintaining its performance and prolonging its lifespan. Troubleshooting common issues can also save you from any potential problems during the smoking process. Here is a table that provides a quick overview of the steps involved in cleaning and troubleshooting your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker:

Cleaning the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker Troubleshooting Common Issues
– Unplug the smoker and let it cool down – Check the power source and ensure it is properly connected
– Remove the racks and clean them with warm, soapy water – Ensure the temperature is set correctly on the control panel
– Wipe down the interior and exterior of the smoker with a damp cloth – Check the heating element for any signs of damage or malfunction
– Clean the drip tray and grease tray to prevent buildup – Inspect the smoker’s seals and gaskets for any wear or tear
– Reassemble the smoker and store it in a dry place – Contact customer support if the issue persists

Smoking the Brisket to Perfection

When smoking your brisket, it’s important to monitor the internal temperature regularly to ensure it reaches the desired level of tenderness. Achieving the perfect smoke ring is a goal for many pitmasters, as it adds a beautiful pink color and enhances the flavor of the meat.

To achieve this, start by preheating your Masterbuilt electric smoker to a temperature of 225°F. Once the smoker is ready, add your brisket to the smoker rack and insert a reliable digital meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. Throughout the smoking process, maintain a consistent temperature by adjusting the smoker’s heat controls and adding wood chips as needed.

Speaking of wood chips, they play a crucial role in adding flavor to your brisket. Different types of wood chips yield different flavors, so feel free to experiment and find your favorite combination. Popular choices include hickory, mesquite, apple, and oak. Soak the wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes before adding them to the smoker box. This helps create a steady stream of smoke and prevents the chips from burning too quickly.

Remember, smoking a brisket is a labor of love, requiring patience and attention to detail. By monitoring the internal temperature and adding flavor with different wood chips, you’ll be well on your way to achieving a mouthwatering, tender brisket with an impressive smoke ring.

Happy smoking!

Resting and Serving the Smoked Brisket

To enhance the tenderness and flavor of your smoked brisket, let it rest for at least 30 minutes after removing it from the heat source before slicing and serving. Resting the brisket allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more flavorful and tender final product.

When it comes to slicing the brisket, it’s important to use the correct technique to ensure the best results. Start by placing the brisket on a cutting board and locating the grain, which is the direction in which the muscle fibers run. Using a sharp knife, slice the brisket against the grain to create tender, bite-sized pieces. This technique helps to shorten the muscle fibers, making each bite more tender and easier to chew.

Now that you have perfectly sliced your smoked brisket, it’s time to think about the perfect side dishes to accompany it. Traditional options like coleslaw, baked beans, and cornbread are always a hit. The cool and creamy coleslaw provides a refreshing contrast to the rich and smoky flavors of the brisket. Baked beans add a touch of sweetness and a hearty element to the meal, while cornbread completes the Southern barbecue experience.


In conclusion, you now have all the information you need to smoke a delicious brisket in your Masterbuilt electric smoker. Remember to choose a quality brisket and properly prepare it before smoking.

Set up your smoker correctly and maintain the right temperature and smoking time for that perfect smoky flavor.

Finally, allow your brisket to rest before slicing and serving.

With these steps, you’ll be able to enjoy a mouthwatering smoked brisket that will impress your family and friends.

Happy smoking!