How to Season a Brisket

This brisket recipe/seasoning guide is less about what you put on your brisket and more about how to do that and get the best results. Seasoning your brisket the night before and letting it sit in the refrigerator or cooler for at least 6 hours yields the best tasting and juiciest results. What you are basically doing with this method is dry brining your brisket before cooking. Before you get started cooking your brisket, make sure you have all of the ingredients necessary for our brisket rub recipe below.


  • Brisket
  • Black Pepper
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Granulated Onion
  • Fajita Seasoning
  • Citrus Herb Rub
  • Steam Table Pan or one large enough for your brisket
  • Cooling Rack that fits inside of your pan


Once your beef brisket is all trimmed up and looking lean, it’s time to give it some flavor.

1 – To start off, you need a pan that will hold your brisket without crowding it too much. You also need a rack to place in the bottom of this pan. You want that rack in the bottom to allow proper air flow around all sides of your brisket which will keep the bottom side from getting soggy.

2 – Place your brisket in the pan. It doesn’t matter whether it is fat side-up or meat side-up as you will have to flip it while seasoning. What do you season a brisket with? The only rule here is that if your brisket rub does not have salt in it then you need to lay down a nice coat of salt before you lay down any other seasoning. The salt needs to be the first layer and then you can put down whatever you want.

Mix your black pepper, granulated garlic, fajita seasoning, granulated onion, and our Grilla Grills citrus herb rub to make the perfect brisket seasoning. Once you have all your seasonings in place rub them in and then flip it over and repeat.

3 – Once well-seasoned, you could cover the pan with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator or cooler or you could inject the brisket at this point if you wanted. Should I season my brisket overnight? If skipping the injection, store the brisket in a cool dry place and allowed to sit for 6 to 12 hours before cooking.

About an hour before it is time to start smoking the brisket on the Silverbac, pull the pan out of the cooler and sit it on your counter to allow it to warm up just a touch. You will notice that there will be between a ¼ and a ½ cup of liquid in bottom of the pan. This is to be expected and while it might seem contrary that pulling liquid out of a brisket can actually make for a juicier end product, just give it a try and see for yourself. Not only will your brisket be more flavorful it will also maintain its moisture better after the dry brining process.

Enhancing Your Beautiful Brisket With Dry Rub

As you probably know, brisket remains a hugely popular staple among pitmasters. No doubt you have looked through award-winning brisket rub recipes yourself to learn the ins and outs of brisket seasoning.

Although you could potentially submerge your brisket in a wet brine, dry brining it produces fantastic results. In fact, we are huge fans of applying a brisket dry rub. Although it takes a little time and a bit of babysitting to get right, the results are nothing short of phenomenal. The first time you bite into your dry-rubbed beef brisket, you will never go back to preparing this dish any other way.

Tips for the Perfect Smoked Brisket Rub Result

Beyond following our directions for smoking beef brisket on your Grilla, Silverbac or other wood pellet smoker grill, we encourage you to apply these tips for a reliable outcome:

  • Invest in a good cut of meat: A delicious brisket never started with subpar meat.
  • Take your time: This is not a rush-it type of meal. Be sure to get everything ready ahead of time and only make your smoked brisket rub when you have time to give it love.
  • Experiment with different seasonings: We give some tried-and-true ideas on how to spice up your brisket. However, you can easily swap herbs, spices and mixes. Doing so will coax different flavors out of your brisket.
  • Refrigerate your meat: Keeping it cool during the process is necessary to avoid bacteria build-up.

Ready to make a beef brisket that will have your hungry taste-testers clamoring for seconds and thirds? Follow our step-by-step brisket rub recipe and find out what you’ve been missing! Be sure to prep some veggie side dishes and a grilled dessert for good measure.


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