Drunk Brisket With Bacon BBQ Sauce



  • 4-6 lb beef brisket
  • 2 tablespoons Traeger Prime Rib Rub or sub 2 t kosher salt, 2 t cracked black pepper, and 2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 lb country style bacon
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 jar chili sauce or sub 1 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 bottle dark beer
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar


Start your smoker and keep the temperature low. We’re looking for lots of smoke and the temperature around 190-200 degrees.

Season the brisket on all sides with Prime Rib Rub or salt/pepper/garlic mixture (reserve 1/2 tablespoon of the seasoning for later use). Place the brisket on the grill grate, close the lid, and smoke for 3 hours.IMG_8381-570x380

After the brisket has smoked for 3 hours, remove to a large sheet of plastic wrap. Tightly wrap the brisket with the plastic wrap, then wrap again with foil and place in the refrigerator overnight. This step is crucial for well penetrated smoke flavor.


The next day, set the grill to high and allow the grill to preheat for 10-15 minutes. Unwrap the brisket and place it fat side up on the hottest part of your grill. Grill for 8-10 minutes per side, or until the brisket has developed a nice char on both sides.


Meanwhile, preheat a large skillet or dutch oven over high heat. Cook the bacon until golden brown and crisp. Add the diced onions to the pan and cook until tender (about 6 minutes) then add the garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, chili sauce (or ketchup), brown sugar, molasses, beef stock, and the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of Prime Rib Rub or salt/pepper/garlic mixture. Bring to a simmer.


When the brisket has finished searing on both sides, place it fat side up in a large Dutch oven or baking dish and pour the hot bacon/onion/tomato barbecue sauce directly on top. Turn the temperature setting on the grill down to 350 degrees.


Cover the dish with a lid or tin foil and place directly on the grill. Close the lid and cook for 1 1/2 hours. The liquid will have decreased by about half. Pour in the beer to bring the liquid back above the brisket. Put the lid back on and return to the grill for an additional 1 1/2 hours or until the brisket has reached an internal temperature of 205 degrees.


Remove the brisket from the baking dish to a cutting board and allow it to rest for at least 15 minutes. While the brisket rests, add the cider vinegar and pan juices to a separate sauce pan and cook over medium heat. Bring the sauce to a boil and stir frequently until it is reduced to a thick BBQ Sauce consistency. You may need to separate any excess bacon fat from the top with a spoon.


Serve immediately and enjoy!