“If you don’t know where your meat comes from, then you probably don’t want to know where your meat comes from”.
Tom Mylan, butcher

Brisket APL-Slathered.jpg 30 minutes Finish

Eau de Pit Master Parfum kind of day…

A beautiful fall type day and time for something great cooked low and slow on the Primo grill.   Freezer diving produced a lovely brisket… so it begins.

I immediately opened Adam Perry Lang’s BBQ 25 now that I always have most of the ingredients that he calls for in his recipes plus always containers of one of his BBQ sauces top shelf in the freezer. A relatively brief thawing out and then a dose of the beef base seasoning, covered and let rest until grilling time. Armed with the key words of the day seasoned, slathering, and smoking I dedicated part of the morning to prep work and getting the fire ready with the thought that I would get the brisket on by 12:30. I was pretty much on schedule and by 12:45 the seasoned brisket was on and cooking at a low temperature of 325° I kept the temperature in that range adding a bit more charcoal just before the second phase of smoking.  Maintaining the temperature is easy on the Primo grill once you get the hang of the process.

This recipe becomes a go-to recipe; the aromas of the pecan, apple, and cherry woods just seal the deal and the only change I made was to add some of the seasoning spice blend to the glaze and wrap.

So here I am pecking the words out, my potato salad made, a few deviled eggs ready and small Boules of sourdough ready to be sliced and not actively seeking a vegetable to go with, hmm zucchini just doesn’t seem right, fresh butter beans are all frozen and I think that potatoes and the chopped veggies in the potato salad qualify. The only real thing to decide at this point is red, white, brew or margaritas??? Burnt ends perfect on the brisket!

Adam is big on board sauces and you can use any one of his recipes, but the BBQ sauce in this recipe can be used as the board sauce.  I had some frozen board sauce so I used a combination as my board sauce for the brisket

Potato Salad from Debbie Moose’s, Potato Salad book

Brisket – Serves 8-10 with leftovers


  • 1- 8 lb Brisket “point and flat, and exterior fat trimmed to 1/4”  my fat layer was a little thicker
  • I used a blended apple and cherry wood smoking chips and mixed in a little pecan little pecan
  • smoker or a grill set for indirect heat

Seasoning Base

I blended it all and used it in one step rather than two as the recipe suggests.

  • 2 tbsp beef base
  • 2 tbsp garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh ground pepper (I used smoked black pepper)
  • 2 tbsp chile powder
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • Pinches of pimenton ( smoked paprika)

Wrap Sauce

  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp chopped shallots
  • 2 tbsp apple juice
  • Glaze:
  • 3/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce ( I happened to have some of APL’s in the freezer)
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves


Meat: Score the point end at ¾-inch intervals, making ¼-inch deep cuts, in a crosshatch pattern.
Rub the seasoning base into the brisket on all sides. Not necessary to marinate overnight, but I marinated for 4-5 hours.
Prepare charcoal (Primo) grill for indirect grilling maintaining a 325° temperature, prepare wood chip box, or foil packet for wood chips.
Once your grill is at temp, add the smoking chip packet or box and toss some chips on the hot coals, oil the grill grates on the indirect side and place seasoned brisket on the grate, grill for 3 hours.
Have ready two thicknesses of heavy-duty foil to wrap the brisket in after the first cooking time, lay the brisket on the foil fat side down and cover with wrap sauce, seal packet, and place (fat side down on the indirect side, grill for 2 hours.  Remove the brisket packet and rest for 15 minutes.  Unwrap the brisket and remove to a platter, cover with glaze, turning to coat.  Place on the indirect side of the grill for an additional 25-30 minutes.  Prepare board sauce turning to coat the brisket,  Slice to your preferred thickness, serve with a classic potato salad, and sliced sourdough bread.