This Guinness and Mushroom Braised Smoked Shredded Brisket is the ultimate brisket when you want a rich, saucy flavor combined with delicious smoked brisket. Save the drippings for the most amazing gravy and you have a meal ready to feed a hungry crowd.
Guinness and Mushroom Braised Brisket
Braised then Smoked Shredded Brisket
This brisket is just as good served on a holiday (hello St. Patrick’s Day!) as it is at a weekend party. This brisket feeds a crowd, and I can guarantee no one will go home hungry!
How to Braise Brisket
New to the brisket braising game? Fear not! It’s a fairly straightforward process that adds all sorts of moisture and flavor to your brisket. Make sure to scroll below to the printable recipe card for full ingredient amounts and instructions.
- Trim and season. Trim the brisket flat and season on all sides with Hey Grill Hey Beef Seasoning. If you don’t have any Beef Seasoning on hand you can season your brisket with equal parts salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Smoke. Smoke the brisket for 3 hours in your favorite smoker preheated to 250 degrees F.
- Braise. Place sliced onions, the brisket, and remaining ingredients for the braise in a disposable aluminum pan. Cover tightly with two layers of aluminum foil.
- Finish smoking. Finish smoking the brisket for another 5-7 hours or until the internal temperature of the brisket reaches 205-210 degrees F.
- Rest and shred. Remove the brisket from the smoker and allow it to rest for 45 minutes. Once rested, transfer the brisket to a cutting board and strain the braising liquid. Using forks or shredder claws, shred the braised brisket.
- Make the gravy. Scroll below to the bottom of the post for full instructions on making the gravy. This is a must-have and adds a creamy bit of goodness to the brisket.
- Enjoy. Serve the shredded brisket alongside the gravy. I also recommend making some mashed potatoes or egg noodles to serve with the gravy. It’s simply to die for!
Tips for Making Braised Brisket
Here are some tips for making this awesome braised then smoked shredded brisket. It’s a beast of a recipe, but I’m confident you can master it in no time!
- Don’t be scared of cooking brisket past the slicing point. If you’re familiar with my Texas style brisket recipe, you’d think this is overcooked. This brisket recipe is different and designed to shred. The braising liquid helps keep things moist and the luscious gravy brings in the richness.
- Get creative with your sides. This brisket is absolutely delicious, but that mushroom sauce sets it apart. Serve this meat with some mashed potatoes, wide egg noodles, or rice, and drizzle that mushroom gravy alllllll over.
- Use your knife. Your brisket should shred pretty easily, but you’ll likely have some really long strands. Don’t be afraid to grab your chef’s knife and cut the brisket down into smaller, more manageable pieces before shredding.
- Cook to tenderness, not necessarily time. You’ve got a ballpark temperature guideline for 205-210 degrees F, but every brisket is different. You really want your brisket to have no resistance when you insert the thermometer probe. Peel back that foil and see if you can easily shred off a piece of meat with a fork to test for doneness.
Ready to tackle this amazing meal? Scroll below to the full recipe and get on it, friends!
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Braised and Smoked Shredded Brisket Recipe
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Guinness and Mushroom Braised Smoked Shredded Brisket
- 1 8-10 pound brisket flat (trimmed)
- 2 Tablespoons Hey Grill Hey Beef Seasoning
- 1 cup beef stock
- 1 cup Guinness beer
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 medium yellow onion (sliced)
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Guinness and Mushroom Gravy
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 16 ounces white mushrooms (sliced)
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- Preheat the smoker. Preheat your smoker to 250 degrees F with your favorite hardwood. I like a combination of oak and cherry for this recipe.
- Trim the brisket. Trim excess fat on top of brisket down to about 1/4 inch thick. Season on all sides with Beef seasoning.
- Smoke the brisket. Place the seasoned brisket on the smoker, close the lid, and smoke for 3 hours.
- Make the braise. Place sliced onions into disposable aluminum pan. Place the brisket on top of the onions. Pour the beer, beef stock, and Worcestershire over the top of the brisket. Top with the thyme sprigs and cover tightly with two layers of foil.
- Continue smoking. Return the covered brisket to the smoker, close the lid, and continue to cook for 5-7 more hours, or until the brisket is incredibly tender and reads an internal temperature of about 205-210 degrees F. If you are used to smoking brisket for slicing, you can plan on cooking this brisket to a higher temperature and for a little past where you would normally pull it off.
- Rest the brisket. Remove the covered brisket from the smoker and allow to rest in the pan at room temperature for at least 45 minutes. When rested, uncover and carefully transfer the brisket to a large cutting board. Strain the braising liquid. Reserve 2 cups of the liquid for the mushroom sauce and add any remaining liquid back to the aluminum pan.
- Make the gravy. In a large saucepan, heat 2 Tablespoons of butter. Add in the sliced mushrooms and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the 2 Tablespoons of flour and cook, stirring frequently for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in the 2 cups of hot, strained braising liquid from your brisket and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, as needed.
- Shred the brisket and serve. Using two forks or meat shredding claws, shred your brisket into strands. Carefully transfer the shredded brisket back into the pan with the remaining strained liquid. Gently mix to combine and allow that brisket to absorb some of the cooking liquid. Serve your shredded brisket alongside the mushroom sauce. Delicious on top of mashed potatoes or wide egg noodles.