How to Smoke Brisket on a Traeger Smoker


Traeger Grills is known to design one of the best wood pellet grills. 

If you are looking to smoke a brisket on a Traeger wood pellet grill, you have definitely chosen the right product for yourself. With the smoker feature on this grill, you can achieve the consistently smoked meat that you desire.

Recipe – A Step-By-Step Guide

To help you produce the best results, we are here with the best smoked Traeger brisket recipe for you.


  • 6 to 8 people

Preparation Time

  • Around 5 minutes

Cooking Time

  • 10 to 13 hours


  • 1 whole brisket, trimmed (12 to 14 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons paprika 


  • Before you can begin to cook, you need to preheat the Traeger grill. Turn it on, set its temperature to 225 degrees Fahrenheit, and cover it with a lid for 15 minutes to do so.
  • To prepare the rub for your brisket, mix together the 2 tablespoons each of salt, garlic powder, onion powder, fresh ground pepper, and paprika.
  • Generously season your brisket with the rub that you prepared.
  • Take this seasoned brisket and place it on the grills of the Traeger grill directly.
  • Keep smoking it for 5 to 7 hours. During this time, check for the internal temperature of the brisket. The step is done when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take the brisket out of the smoker and place it on either butcher paper, or a heavy-duty foil.
  • Make sure that you place it on the center of the paper or foil, and fold it in a way that makes it leak proof. You should place it seam-side down in order to make the weight of the brisket hold the opening down, and keep it closed.
  • Place this folded brisket back into the smoker.
  • Continue smoking it for another 3 to 5 hours at 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Until the internal temperature of the brisket reaches 204 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once this internal temperature is observed, the brisket is ready to be taken out.
  • Let this freshly smoked brisket rest for around 30 minutes. At the end, cut it against the grains to serve it.

Do You Smoke a Brisket Fat Side Up or Down on Traeger?

No matter what you hear, you should always smoke a brisket fat side down.

This prevents the fat from washing away the seasoning, once it starts melting. 

Wrapping it Up

With this recipe, you can for sure smoke the brisket that you’ve been wanting to taste.

For smaller or larger amounts, small tweaks in the ingredients will help you out. The cooking time will, however, remain almost the same.

Happy smoking!

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Tyler Lachance is a cookout professional. His expertise on cooking grilled food, creating marinades, formulating sauces and matching his food with the perfect drink is unrivaled.

Born and raised in a family that has a long history of cookout, he has treated this activity as a part of his culture and who he is.