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Texas Style Oven Brisket

Texas Style Oven Brisket with Easy Spicy BBQ Sauce

Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 7 hours 40 minutes
Author: Kenneth
We all do not have time to cook a Texas style brisket recipe in the smoker, but we do have the time to make a brisket in the oven and top it off with an easy spicy bbq sauce.
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Texas Brisket:

  • 7-14 lbs. brisket fat trimmed slightly
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup black pepper
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 loaf white bread
  • 1 jar of kosher dill pickle chips
  • 2 medium white onions sliced ¼ - ½ inch thick

Spicy BBQ Sauce:

  • 32 oz. ketchup
  • 12 oz. Dos Equis
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt and pepper mix
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne


  • Trim off ¼ inch layer of fat from the top of the brisket. Remove the big chunk of fat that’s running through the brisket. Remove any silver skin from the bottom of the brisket. You can ask your butcher to clean it for you.
  • In a bowl, mix the salt and pepper. Liberally season brisket evenly on both sides. Transfer to a large baking pan, cover, and set out at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • While the brisket is marinating: Turn on the heat to medium in a medium pot; add the ketchup, beer, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and cayenne; stir to combine and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Preheat the oven to 250°F, add the water to the baking pan, cover the brisket loosely with foil, and bake for 3 hours. Remove the foil and continue baking for 2-3 hours uncovered, until brisket internal temperature is 180-190°F. If you don’t have an instant-read thermometer, a small knife or fork should be able to easily pierce the brisket. Cover the brisket loosely with foil and cool for 30 minutes. After the brisket has rested, slice, and serve immediately with bbq sauce, white bread, pickles, and onions.


You want to have a nice layer of fat on your brisket. This will keep it moist and from drying out over the long cook time. 
You can bake the brisket in the oven overnight but be aware you might drool from the smells in your sleep. 
If you can reduce the cayenne by half or ¼ teaspoon, depending on your spicy tolerance.