10 tips to get perfect bark on your briskets by a pitmaster.

10 Tips for Perfect Bark on a Brisket (and a secret method)

In the world of BBQ, achieving the perfect bark on your brisket is almost a spiritual experience, governed by a sacred set of rules we fondly call the 'ten commandments of brisket bark.' These commandments guide you step by step, from selecting the right cut to resting your brisket to perfection. But what if we told you there's a secret eleventh commandment, a game-changing ingredient that could elevate your brisket bark to an unimaginable level of deliciousness?

That secret, is The Black Rub by The Four Saucemen. Buckle up as we unravel the mystery behind perfect brisket bark and the role The Black Rub plays in this tantalizing journey.

The Ten Commandments of Perfect Brisket Bark

1. Selecting the Brisket

The journey to a perfect bark begins with choosing the right brisket. Opt for a well-marbled, prime grade brisket for the best results. A thick layer of fat is crucial to keep the meat juicy during the long cooking process. Look for a whole packer brisket with a thick layer of fat on one side and a dark, mahogany color.

2. Preparing Your Brisket

Once you've chosen your brisket, it's time to prep it. Trim any excess fat, leaving about 1/4 inch layer for self-basting during cooking. This will ensure an even surface for the rub to adhere to.

3. Applying The Rub

This is where the magic begins! Coat your brisket generously with a good beef rub like The Black Rub. The unique blend of spices in this rub will ensure a delectable bark. Remember, the rub acts as a flavour profile, colour provider, and crust creator, so don't be stingy.

4. Setting Up Your Smoker

Maintain a consistent temperature in your smoker, ideally between 225-250°F.

5. Smoking Your Brisket

Place the brisket in the smoker, fat side up. This allows the fat to self-baste the brisket as it renders.

6. Checking the Temperature

Use a digital thermometer to monitor the internal temperature. When it reaches around 165°F, it's time to wrap your brisket.

7. Wrapping Your Brisket

Wrapping snugly in butcher paper will prevent the brisket from drying out and help reach the desired internal temperature of 203°F.

8. The Final Smoke

Unwrap and smoke for another hour or until the bark is the desired color and texture.

9. The Rest

Allow the brisket to rest for at least an hour before slicing. This helps the juices redistribute, leading to a more flavorful bite.

10. Slicing Your Brisket

Slice against the grain for tender slices. Drape it over one finger an look for the "Brisket Bend". Now you're ready to serve!

The Black Rub: The Secret Ingredient

The Magic of The Black Rub

The Black Rub by The Four Saucemen is the secret to a perfect bark. Its unique blend of ingredients, including activated charcoal, lends a smoky flavor and a stunning black color to your brisket. Its umami-packed flavor profile is the game-changer that will set your brisket apart.

How to Use The Black Rub

Sprinkle it generously over your prepared brisket, ensuring all surfaces are well coated. Remember, the rub isn't just for flavor; it also plays a key role in developing the crusty, delicious bark that brisket lovers crave.


Achieving perfect brisket bark is an art and science combined, but with the ten commandments of brisket bark and the secret ingredient - The Black Rub, you're well on your way to BBQ brilliance. So fire up that smoker, apply that rub, and get ready for a brisket experience like no other.


1. Can The Black Rub be used on other meats?

Yes, The Black Rub is a versatile seasoning that can enhance the flavor of various meats and dishes, including chicken, fish, pork, roast veggies, sauces, and curries.

2. What's the benefit of using activated charcoal in The Black Rub?

Activated charcoal in The Black Rub adds a distinct, slightly smoky flavor and imparts a rich, black color to the brisket, contributing to the perfect bark.

3. How much of The Black Rub should I use on my brisket?

The quantity can vary depending on personal preference, but a general guideline is to apply enough rub to cover the brisket entirely.

4. How long should I let my brisket rest after smoking?

Resting the brisket for at least an hour after smoking allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring every bite is juicy and tender.

5. What is the ideal internal temperature for a smoked brisket?

The ideal internal temperature for a smoked brisket is 203°F. This ensures a tender, juicy brisket with a perfect bark.

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