Easy Brisket Tacos (Super Simple Recipe)

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  • Ingredients you’ll need
  • Step by step guide on making brisket tacos
  • And much more!
brisket taco recipe

You love brisket and you love tacos so why not combine the two for some savory brisket tacos.

This recipe wraps a slow smoked brisket in a flour tortilla and tops it with a variety of delicious extras. It is sure to satisfy your craving for BBQ.

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Beef Brisket Tacos Overview

Smoked brisket wrapped in a flour tortilla is sure to send your taste buds soaring.

Texas style brisket comes together with your favorite toppings to create the perfect BBQ brisket taco.

Toppings like cilantro, a savory BBQ sauce, crumbled cheese, and lime pair nicely with the brisket but you can use whatever you prefer.

Read More >> Texas Style Smoked Beef Brisket (9 Easy Steps)

Smoking Brisket for Tacos

Since cold brisket is easier to work with when trimming, keep it in the fridge until you are ready to prepare it for the smoker.

With the fat cap on the bottom, trim the excess fat and silver skin. Trim the large fat chunk down until the brisket is smooth from point to flat.

Square the brisket up a little and it is ready for seasoning and smoking.

Read More >> How To Slice Brisket (5 Easy Steps)


For this recipe, you can use any of your favorite toppings.

Cotija cheese crumbles give your taco a salty touch and your favorite BBQ sauce will leave your mouth watering.

You can even top your taco with smoked salsa or Pico de Gallo. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients for Brisket Tacos

  • 12-14lb whole brisket
  • ½ cup yellow mustard
  • 6 tablespoons beef seasoning
  • Toppings of your choice

How to Make Brisket Tacos

Prepare and Preheat

Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees while you trim your brisket. You should use indirect heat with your favorite hardwood to smoke your brisket.

Season It

Now it’s time to season the brisket. Coat the brisket liberally with yellow mustard and sprinkle the beef seasoning on it so the whole cut is coated.

Smoke It

Once you’ve seasoned the brisket, place it on your smoker with the point towards the heat source.

This is the thicker part of the brisket and will handle the heat better. Cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees (roughly 8 hours).

Wrap and Smoke Again

After the initial smoking time, remove the brisket and place it on a flat work surface.

Using butcher paper or foil, wrap the brisket by folding edge over edge. Place it seam side down on the smoker.

Continue cooking the brisket until it reaches 210 degrees internal temperature in the thickest part of the brisket. This can take 5-8 additional hours.

Rest the Brisket

Once your brisket is tender and reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the smoker and allow it to rest for 1 hour.

Assemble Ingredients

While the brisket is resting, prepare your taco ingredients.

Warm the tortillas by wrapping tightly in foil and placing on the smoker for 30 minutes at 225 degrees.

Put your other toppings into bowls for easier serving.

Make the Tacos

Slice the brisket as desired for tacos and place immediately onto the warmed tortillas. Put your favorite toppings on and get ready to enjoy!

Tips for Making Brisket Tacos

  • Save the burnt ends The brisket can be sliced so the burnt ends are up for the taking. This means you can top your taco with them or save them for a snack alongside your tacos. Either way, you won’t be disappointed!
  • Get creative with toppings– Some make prefer their brisket taco sweet and spicy while others prefer a tangy, savory bite. You can use sour cream, salsa, melted cheeses, or anything you desire. Try different combinations to find your favorite.
  • Prep toppings before slicing– You want your brisket freshly sliced and warm when placed on the tortillas. Prepare all of your other taco ingredients before slicing the brisket so you can go from building your taco to indulging in its delicious flavors in no time.
  • Safe temp – Brisket is safe to eat when it’s 140ºF, but it tastes best when it reaches just over 200ºF.
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