Easy Beef Brisket Rub Recipe for Oven (Finger-Licking Good)

Are you ready to make the best beef brisket of your life? This brisket rub recipe is guaranteed to give you a tender, juicy, and flavorful brisket that will have your friends and family coming back for seconds. Plus, cooking a brisket in the oven is a lot easier than you might think. With a little prep work and a low temperature, you’ll have a delicious brisket ready to eat in just a few hours. So let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

A delicious dish made with Beef Brisket Rub Recipe for Oven
A delicious dish made with Beef Brisket Rub Recipe for Oven

There are few things more mouthwatering than a tender, juicy beef brisket. This brisket rub recipe is a perfect blend of savory and sweet flavors that will make your brisket taste like it came straight from a BBQ pit. Plus, cooking a brisket in the oven is a lot easier than you might think! With a little prep work and a low temperature, you can have a delicious brisket ready to eat in just a few hours.

Ingredient List

Ingredients for the Brisket Rub Recipe for Oven

For this recipe, you’ll need some ingredients, which are easy to find at grocery stores.

  • 3-pound beef brisket (either the point cut or the first cut will work well)
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a bit of extra heat)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke (optional, for a smoky flavor)
  • 1 cup beef broth or beef stock
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

The Recipe How-To

Here’s the cooking process to to make this delicious brisket rub recipe:

  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. On a cutting board, pat your brisket dry with a paper towel. Trim off any excess fat, leaving a thin “fat cap” on top of the meat.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the onion powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, chili powder, black pepper, dry mustard, kosher salt, and cayenne pepper (if using). This will be the dry rub for your brisket.
  4. Rub the dry mixture all over the brisket, making sure to coat it evenly. If you have time, you can wrap the brisket in plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for an hour or so to allow the flavors to meld.
  5. In another small bowl, mix together the Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, liquid smoke (if using), and beef broth or stock. This will be the wet rub for your brisket.
  6. Place the brisket in an oven-safe roasting pan, fat side up. Pour the wet rub over the top of the brisket, using a brush to spread it evenly over the meat.
  7. Cover the pan with aluminum foil, making sure to seal it tightly around the edges to create an airtight container.
  8. Place the pan in the oven and cook the brisket for about 6-8 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches at least 190 degrees F. To check the temperature, use a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the brisket.
  9. Once the brisket is fully cooked, remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes. This will allow the juices to redistribute and make the meat even more tender.
  10. After the brisket has rested, slice it against the grain (this will help to break up the connective tissue and make the meat even more tender). Serve with your choice of barbecue sauce, or enjoy it plain for a truly authentic Texas-style brisket.

Substitutions & Variations

There are a few ways you can customize this recipe to suit your taste preferences:

  • If you don’t have time to let the dry rub sit on the brisket for an hour, you can skip this step and go straight to cooking. However, letting the flavors meld will give you the best results.
  • If you don’t have an oven-safe roasting pan, you can also cook your brisket in a slow cooker. Just place the brisket in the slow cooker with the dry and wet rubs, and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F.
  • If you prefer a more traditional “dry rub” style of brisket, you can omit the wet rub ingredients and just use the dry rub mixture. Rub it all over the brisket and then cook as directed above.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions about making this brisket rub recipe:

Can I use a different cut of beef for this recipe?

Brisket is a tough cut of meat, so it’s best to stick with a cut specifically designed for slow cooking like brisket. If you try to use a different cut of beef, it may not turn out as tender and flavorful.

How much brisket should I make per person?

A good rule of thumb is to plan for about 1/2 pound of meat per person. So, for a group of 6 people, you’ll want to start with a 3-pound brisket.

Can I make this recipe in advance?

A: Absolutely! In fact, many people find that brisket tastes even better the next day after the flavors have had more time to meld. Just cook the brisket as directed, then let it cool completely before wrapping it in foil and storing it in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve it, simply reheat it in a 250 degree F oven for about an hour, or until it is heated through.

Expert Tips for Your Success

Here are a few extra tips for making the perfect brisket:

  • If you want to add even more flavor to your brisket, try adding some diced onions, garlic, and green bell pepper to the roasting pan before cooking. These will add extra depth and richness to the finished product.
  • To make sure your brisket turns out perfectly tender, be sure to slice it against the grain. This will help to break up the connective tissue and make the meat even more tender.
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative with your rubs! Feel free to experiment with different spices and flavors to find the perfect combination for your taste buds.

Storing and Freezing Suggestions

If you have leftover brisket, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, wrap the brisket in a couple of layers of foil and place it in a 250 degree F oven for about an hour, or until it is heated through. You can also freeze the cooked brisket in individual servings for an easy weeknight dinner option. Just thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat as directed above.

Overall, this brisket rub recipe is a great way to make a flavorful, tender brisket in the oven. Whether you prefer a dry rub or a wet rub, this recipe is sure to be a hit with your friends and family. So next time you’re craving a delicious, succulent brisket, give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!

A delicious dish made with Beef Brisket Rub Recipe for Oven

Brisket Rub Recipe for Oven

Tender and juicy beef brisket with a perfect blend of savory and sweet flavors using this brisket rub recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Resting time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Oven
  • small bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Paper towel
  • Small brush
  • Meat thermometer
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven safe roasting pan

Ingredients
  

  • 3- pound beef brisket
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke optional
  • 1 cup beef broth or beef stock
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  • Pat brisket dry with a paper towel and trim excess fat.
  • In a small bowl, mix together onion powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, chili powder, black pepper, dry mustard, kosher salt and cayenne pepper.
  • Rub the mixture all over the brisket and let it sit for an hour if you have time.
  • In another small bowl, mix together Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, liquid smoke and beef broth or stock.
  • Place the brisket in a roasting pan, fat side up, and pour wet rub over the top.
  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil, sealing it tightly.
  • Cook brisket for 6-8 hours or until internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F.
  • Let brisket rest for 15-20 minutes, slice against the grain and serve with your choice of barbecue sauce.

Notes

-You can skip the resting step if you don’t have time.
-Cooking brisket in a slow cooker is also an option.
-For a dry rub style, omit the wet rub ingredients.
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