There are many ways to cook brisket, but the most popular methods are smoking and braising. Remember, every brisket you buy is an opportunity to make that meat as delicious as it can be. Here is a list of reasons why smoking beats braising every time.

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  1. Smoke creates flavor. The flavor that the wood imparts cannot be duplicated, and each type of wood has its own unique flavor. Ovens are ovens.
  2. You can't braise in your backyard. Braising a brisket has you stuck in your kitchen for hours. Not quite as appealing as preparing a brisket al fresco, is it?
  3. Smoking a brisket is a good way to make new friends - or keep old ones. You don't just get delicious brisket, you get to hang out with your friends and family, and share the meats of your labor.
  4. The accompaniments. Braised brisket gets eaten on plain noodles. Smoked brisket goes with coleslaw, potato salad, beans, and other noodle-beating sides.
  5. A lot of braised brisket recipes include prunes. Gross.
  6. Smoked brisket is delicious in and of itself, but it's also a stellar vehicle for your favorite barbecue sauce.
  7. Braising brisket suggests that brisket needs a braising liquid. In fact, it doesn't: brisket is fatty enough that it can stay moist on its own.

When you smoke brisket low and slow, you get the mouthwatering, tender goodness you deserve for having the patience to do brisket right. Of course, time and patience can be hard to come by, so it's a good thing Arby's has you covered with their new Smokehouse Brisket sandwich.

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