Smoked Corned Beef Brisket

A homemade dry rub of coriander, mustard seed, fennel, and paprika really brings out the flavor in this smoked corned beef brisket.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs
Additional Time:
2 days 40 mins
Total Time:
2 days 5 hrs 50 mins
10 servings


  • 3 tablespoons ground coriander

  • 1 ½ tablespoons fennel seeds

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground paprika

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons mustard seed

  • 1 (4 pound) corned beef brisket

  • cherry wood chips


  1. Combine coriander, fennel seeds, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and mustard seed in a small bowl.

  2. Place brisket in a glass baking dish and rub spice mixture all over. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

  3. Soak wood chips in water for at least 1 hour.

  4. Preheat a smoker to 240 degrees F (116 degrees C) according to manufacturer's instructions. Maintain temperature for 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. Drain wood chips and place on coals. Place a water pan on the smoker and add water to the depth of the fill line. Place brisket on the lower cooking grate and cover with the smoker lid. Smoke for 2 hours.

  6. Pull brisket from the smoker and wrap tightly in foil. Return to the smoker until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers at least 190 to 200 degrees F (88 to 93 degrees C), about 3 hours.

  7. Remove brisket from the smoker and let rest for 40 minutes. Slice corned beef against the grain.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

228 Calories
16g Fat
5g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 228
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 923mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 164mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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