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Brisket in the Traeger

Making brisket in the Traeger is a great way to make a tender, juicy and delicious brisket. Traeger brisket is easy to make and results in that perfect fall-apart smoky barbecued meat you're hoping to get.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 hrs 30 mins
Total Time7 hrs 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef, Brisket
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 623kcal
Author: Laura


  • Traeger Grill


  • 6 pound whole brisket trimmed

For the dry spice rub:

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons mild chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder optional
  • Smoky Bourbon BBQ Sauce optional


  • Mix the seasonings in a bowl. Season the brisket using all of the seasoning mix. Wrap the brisket and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight if possible.
  • When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 225°F. Preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.
  • Unwrap the brisket and place it, fat-side down, on the grill. Insert a meat thermometer probe into the thickest part.
  • Close the lid and cook for about 5 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
  • Remove the brisket and wrap it in butcher paper or tin foil to form a packet around the meat. Place it back on the grill at 225°F until the internal temperature reaches 203°F. Remove from the grill and rest, still wrapped, for at least 30 minutes to 2 hours before slicing.
  • Serve with smoky Bourbon BBQ sauce.


  • The fattier the piece of brisket you buy, the juicier the meat will be. Err on the side of fatty for a super fall-apart, amazing brisket.
  • Smaller briskets will need less time to cook, but you still need to cook it to the same internal temp, so be sure to use a meat probe.
  • Using butcher paper will allow the smoke to reach the meat, while tin foil doesn’t do that as well, so use butcher paper if you can.


Calories: 623kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 83g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 246mg | Sodium: 1623mg | Potassium: 1343mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 8mg