Are you a fan of smoked meat? Do you love the taste of brisket?

If so, you may have wondered if you can smoke flank steak like brisket. Flank steak is a leaner cut of meat, and it may not seem like it would lend itself well to smoking. However, with the right preparation and technique, you can smoke flank steak and enjoy a delicious meal.

Preparing Flank Steak for Smoking

Before you start smoking your flank steak, there are a few things you need to do to prepare it. First, trim any excess fat from the meat. While some fat is necessary to keep the meat moist during smoking, too much can cause flare-ups and make your meat taste greasy.

Next, season your flank steak with your choice of rub or marinade. You can use a store-bought rub or marinade, or make your own using herbs and spices such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and cumin.

Smoking Flank Steak

When it comes to smoking flank steak, low and slow is the way to go. Set your smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and let it preheat for about 15 minutes. Once the smoker is ready, place your seasoned flank steak on the grates.

Use wood chips or chunks to add flavor to your meat as it smokes. Hickory and mesquite are popular choices for beef. Add wood chips or chunks every hour or so during the cooking process.

Cooking Time

Flank steak is a thinner cut of meat than brisket so it will cook faster than brisket. The cooking time will vary depending on the size of your flank steak but generally speaking it should take around 2-3 hours at 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

To ensure that your flank steak is cooked properly insert a probe thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. The internal temperature should reach at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-rare and 140 degrees Fahrenheit for medium.

Serving Smoked Flank Steak

Once your flank steak is finished smoking, remove it from the smoker and let it rest for about 10 minutes. This will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat.

To serve, slice your flank steak against the grain into thin strips. This will help to keep the meat tender and juicy. Serve with your choice of sides, such as roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes.


In conclusion, smoking flank steak is possible and can result in a delicious meal. With proper preparation and technique, you can achieve a flavorful and tender smoked flank steak that rivals any brisket. So go ahead, fire up your smoker and give it a try!