Barbecued Beef Brisket on the Charcoal Grill
Why This Recipe Works
We wanted to develop a barbecued beef brisket recipe with a deeply smoky flavor, and we wanted the recipe to work on our backyard grill. Our "aha!" moment came when we realized that fire can burn down as well as up. We layered unlit briquettes on the bottom of our grill and added 4 quarts of hot coals on top. The result? A fire that burned consistently in the optimal 300-degree range for about six hours. To create enough heat to render the brisket perfectly tender, we needed to add just 10 unlit briquettes about halfway through cooking.