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Smoked Guinness Corned Beef Brisket

Posted by PK Grills on 15th Mar 2023

Difficulty: Moderate

Course: Main

Cuisine: Irish

Total Time: 6-7 hours

This recipe is a variation on our Smoked Corned Beef For St. Patrick’s Day recipe originally published on 11 Mar 2015. This is the updated version with a Guinness kick to make it even more flavorful and festive.

There are a lot of great ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and smoked corned beef just happens to be one of our favorites. Put away that slow-cooker and pull out your favorite PK Grill & Smoker for a great smoked corned beef recipe that will leave you wondering why you never did this before.


  • Corned beef brisket (choose the flat portion for better slicing)
  • 2-3 cans of Guinness – we like stout, but if you prefer draught, go ahead and do you
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Granulated garlic or other garlic seasoning to taste
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Carrots


  • Rinse the corned beef brisket under cool water, remove surface brine and pat dry
  • Season with salt, black pepper and garlic on all sides and set aside for 30 minutes
  • While seasonings set in, prepare your PK Grill & Smoker for two-zone cooking with a drip pan or pot containing about ½ inch of water underneath the indirect side to catch the drippings
  • Let your PK heat to about 250 degrees
  • When your PK is ready, smoke the corned beef brisket for 1-2 hours
  • Remove the meat and and the drippings from the grill and place them into a large pot, dutch oven, or roasting pan
  • Pour the Guinness around (not over) the meat and place it back on the grill
  • Once the meat has reached 160 degrees internal temperature, remove it and cover the pot with tin foil, place back on the grill, and smoke for another 1.5 hours
  • While the corned beef is smoking, prepare your vegetables: potatoes, onions and whole baby carrots
  • Once the corned beef has smoked for about 3.5 hours, it’s time to add the chopped vegetables
  • Once vegetables are added, re-cover the pan and cook until it reaches 195 degrees internal temperature
  • Remove from grill and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before serving

Give this recipe a try, post it to Instagram and tag us @pkgrills so we can see what you think.