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Smoked Beer-Braised Corned Beef Brisket

Get ready to savor this mouthwatering Smoked Beer-Braised Corned Beef recipe, as the subtle smokiness perfectly complements the tender, juicy meat for an unforgettable mealtime experience.

Smoked Beer Braised Corned Beef

Smoked Beer-Braised Corned Beef

Level up your kitchen skills with this scrumptious smoked beer-braised corned beef recipe that your whole family will love! This fun and flavorful recipe is perfect for anyone looking to turn a traditional meal into a culinary adventure.

Imagine the aroma of tender, juicy corned beef slowly braising in a savory bath of dark, rich, beer, filling your kitchen with the kind of heavenly scent that makes your stomach rumble. This cozy, comforting dish is ideal for sharing with friends and family, whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or just craving a satisfying, stick-to-your-ribs meal.

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Smoked Beer Braised Corned Beef

Smoked Corned Beef shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • pre-brined corned beef brisket w/ included spice packet
  • 2 bottles or cans of dark beer

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Smoked Beer Braised Corned Beef

How to make Smoked Beer Braised Corned Beef

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



225° is the target temperature. Fire up the smoker and get it preheating!



Open and pat dry the corned beef. Put it on the smoker and let it smoke for 3-4 hours, or until it reaches about 160°F internal temp.



Remove the corned beef from the smoker and place it into a Dutch Oven. Pour in two bottles of dark beer. Cover and let braise over medium-low heat for 2-3 hours, or until it is tender.



Remove from the braising liquid carefully when the roast is probe tender.


Slice and enjoy

Slice, across the grain, and enjoy! This makes a killer Reuben Sandwich!

Smoked Beer Braised Corned Beef

Smoked Beer-Braised Corned Beef FAQ

What type of beer works best for this smoked beer-braised corned beef recipe?

Any dark beer with a deep flavor profile will work. Guinness is an obvious choice. Using a Rauchbier or smoked porter would also be great options. You can use other dark beers like stouts or even a robust amber ale for the braising liquid too.

Can I make this recipe in a slow cooker or Instant Pot?

Absolutely! After the smoking portion, that is.

For a slow cooker, simply follow the recipe and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours, until the corned beef is tender. For an Instant Pot, set it to the “Meat” setting and adjust the cooking time to 90 minutes, making sure to release the pressure naturally once it’s done.

How should I store leftover smoked beer-braised corned beef, and how long will it last?

Store leftover corned beef in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To reheat, you can either warm it in a saucepan over low heat with a bit of the braising liquid or use a microwave, making sure to cover the meat to avoid drying it out.

Smoked Beer Braised Corned Beef

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Smoked Beer Braised Corned Beef
Yield: 4 servings

Smoked Beer Braised Corned Beef Brisket

Smoked Beer Braised Corned Beef

Fire up the smoker! We're making a tender, delicious, smoked beer-braised corned beef brisket. Perfect for serving with cabbage, in soup, in a reuben, or in corned beef hash!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Smoke Time 3 hours
Braise Time 3 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes


  • 3 pound pre-brined corned beef brisket
  • seasoning packet from corned beef
  • 2 cans dark beer


  1. Preheat your pellet grill and set it to 225°
  2. Remove your brisket from the brine and pat it dry with paper towels. Find and set aside the packet of spices that comes with the pre-brined brisket.
  3. Place the brisket directly onto the grates of your preheated pellet grill. Cook at 225° for 3-4 hours.
  4. Transfer the roast to a Dutch oven and pour two cans of dark beer over the top.
  5. Add your packet of dry spices to the top of the meat, cover the pot, and let simmer on medium-low heat on the stovetop for 2-3 hours.
  6. Check your brisket for tenderness before removing from the beer braise.
  7. Remove when tender and slice across the grain.


Guinness works well! I used a dark oatmeal stout because it was what I had on hand.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 480Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 364mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 37g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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