How to BBQ Brisket on Gas Grill

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Do you Know Briskets Take a Long Time to Cook?

A barbeque grill is one of the easiest things to make on the grill. However, it takes a lot of time. It may take hours to get ready, but all worth it in the end. You can read a book, sip on a strawberry lemonade, read a good book or soak up some early summer rays.

What Part of Cow is Known as Brisket?

Brisket is a cut of beef that comes from the pectoral muscles or the lower breasts of a cow. As this area of cow is well-exercised, so it makes for quite a tough piece of meat that is full of connective tissues. This is why it is best suited towards a low and slow cooking process.

Brisket can e a large cut of meat, with a full brisket sometimes also known as a packer brisket that weighs between 10 and 14 pounds. It actually consists of two muscles that overlap: the “flat,” or the “first cut,” which is the thinner part, and the “point,”— also called the “deckle point” or the “second cut” — which is the thicker and fattier section of the brisket.

How to Bbq Brisket on a Gas Grill

A basic method for how to grill brisket on a gas grill.

  • Course-Main Course
  • Cuisine-American
  • Prep Time-1 hour
  • Cook Time4 hours
  • Total Time-5 hours
  • Total Servings-6


  • 1 3 – pound brisket
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 grill safe foil pans
  • 2 cups hickory wood chips

Instructions To Grill

Step 1-Mix together the sugar, salt, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Rub the outside of the brisket properly with the rub and allow it to sit on the cutting board for at least 30 minutes.

Step 2-Pour the wood chips in one of the foil pans and add water just to cover the chips. Cover it using foil and cut slits in the foil to allow smoke to escape.

Step 3- It is time to light up the grill and scrape the grates clean.

Step 4-Turn the burners on one half of the grill off. Keep the burners on the other half set to LOW heat.

Step 5- Put the brisket directly on the lit side of the grill, make sure that the fatty side is up, and grill it for 5 minutes. Turn the brisket over and grill for 5 minutes more.

Step 6-Now put the remaining brisket into the clean foil pan, same fat side up, and move it to the unlit side of the grill. Place the covered foil pan with the wood chips in on the lit side of the grill and close the grill.

Step 7- Let the brisket cook for three hours. You want your grill temperature to remain at about 300 degrees which can be achieved by adjusting the grill vents. With my gas grill keeping one side lit on low and one side off, plus opening the vents, I kept it at this temperature.

Step 8-In about the final 30 minutes of grilling time, turn the brisket over so the fat side is down next to the foil, and baste the non-fatty side of the brisket with your favorite barbecue sauce. I have linked to my favorite barbecue sauce in this post if you would like the Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce recipe.

Step 10-Remove the brisket from the grill and baste again. Allow resting on a cutting board for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Tips for How to Barbeque Brisket on a Gas Grill

  • You can use the rub of your choice; however, the suggested rub is more good.
  •  Cooking time can vary; 1-1 ½ hours per pound is a good starting point.
  • Remember to warp the brisket and let it sit 1-2 hours after cooking.
  • You can keep it refrigerator for 3-4 days and in the freezer for 3-4 months.
  • You don’t require any fancy equipment for this recipe, and everything is available at the local grocery store.
  • By turning my gas grill to LOW heat on one half and OFF on the other half, you will be able to maintain a temperature of about 300 degrees for the entire grilling process.
  • Use a digital thermometer to check the internal temperature of grilled meals.
  • The grill set up for low and slow cooking plus smoking is essential for cooking a brisket on a gas grill.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: How long does it take to grill a brisket?

Ans: put the pan in the center of the hot grate away from the heat. Cover the grill, smoke the cooked brisket until it is tender enough to shred with fingers. It will take 6 hours.

Q2: Should I wrap my brisket in foil?

Ans: Wrap the brisket in the butcher paper as it does take practice to get it right. While cooking with butcher paper, avoid the stall. You can use a foil as well. And because the butcher paper isn’t as tight a wrap as foil, the cooking time will be a little longer.

Q3: Can you cook brisket too long?

Ans: When you overcook the brisket or cook it too long, it will lose its constitution and has the mouthfeel more akin to ground meat than fork-tender beef — i.e., beef that falls apart when pulled but still retains the texture of what beef should feel like in the mouth.

To Wrap it Up

Cooking brisket is no doubt a long process, but in the end, it is all worth it. Briskets are soft and juicy when you grill them. You can do a lot of different work while cooking briskets. As this part of the cow is more active so this meat is full of connective tissues.

We can make many different dishes by using a brisket as it is a specific cut of meat. A full brisket commonly weighs up to 14 pounds so it is not easily available at any local grocery store. For that, you will need to go to a butcher. However, small pieces can be available at any store.