Our Grilled Honey BBQ Brisket comes just in time for National Beef Brisket day and Memorial Day celebrations! The unofficial start of summer is the perfect time to break out your grill and get cooking. Made with our Eastern Shore Honey, the BBQ sauce is sweet, thick, and very rich, and lends itself well to the heat of a grill-the sugars in the honey will caramelize and be oh so flavorful.
This Honey BBQ Brisket makes for a great dinner. Serve with southern cornbread and grilled veggies like mushrooms and zucchini.
The cooking time for your brisket varies based on the weight and grill temperature. Since this takes a while, start around lunch time to be ready for dinner. That being said, it is best that you use a gas grill for this recipe, as you will want more control over the temperature than a charcoal grill provides. A quick Amazon search reveals countless books and resources for grilling beef.
I happen to enjoy making a variety of sauces to marinate meats prior to grilling. I’ve experimented with Blueberry BBQ Sauce, Honey BBQ Sauce more on the healthy side, and honey marinates that bring out the best in beef.
In order to properly cook the meat, you will be cooking on the “indirect” side of the grill-the side opposite of the burners that you use. This allows the brisket cook slowly and remain juicy, instead of being charred by a direct flame. You could also use a smoke box and wet hickory chips in your grill to impart a smokiness to the brisket; this isn’t required though, and the meat will be delicious with or without it.
Adapting our Honey BBQ Brisket Recipe:
You know, a recipe is not truly perfect until you’ve added your own touch to it. That’s why we encourage you to play with your food. Let your inner chef come out and play and change up this recipe. Have fun! Here are some ideas:
- Add some spice to the BBQ Sauce by mixing in sliced jalapenos or adding fresh ground horseradish root
- Marinate some vegetables in the Honey BBQ sauce, lightly grill, and serve with the beef
- Experiment with the honey variety- Clover and Spring are perfect to start with
These steps were inspired by 101 Cooking for Two.
Honey BBQ Brisket
- 1 beef brisket 4 to 5 pounds, trimmed of fat
- 2 c Honey BBQ Sauce Make the full recipe and use the whole recipe (about 2 cups)
Rinse the brisket and then pat dry with paper towels.
Place the brisket into a large baking dish and cover with the Honey BBQ sauce. Cover dish and place in refrigerator for three to four hours.
Remove brisket from refrigerator and allow to stand at room temperature for one hour. While you are waiting, prepare your grill by placing a drip pan under one side of the cooking surface. Heat the burners on the opposite side to 250 degrees.
Place the brisket on the grill, above the drip pan. Baste with any remaining BBQ sauce.
Allow the meat to cook for around five hours (or until it reaches an internal temperature of 195 degrees), flipping at the three hour mark.
When the brisket is finished on the grill, carefully remove it from the heat and wrap in aluminum foil. Let rest for 20 minutes.
Slice brisket thinly against the grain and serve.