How Long To Smoke A Brisket Per Pound For Best Results

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Briskets should be cooked slowly over low heat. Large briskets should be cut into smaller pieces.

How Long To Smoke A Brisket Per Pound For Best Results

Wrapping them in foil or butcher paper helps reduce cooking time. Smaller cuts of meat should be cooked faster.

Cooking times vary depending on the type of smoker used. We’ll tell you how to know when your brisket is perfect!

How Long To Smoke A Brisket Per Pound

Briskets are large cuts of beef that need to be cooked slowly over low heat. Cooking them too fast will make them dry out. Wrapping them in foil or butcher paper helps slow down the cooking process.

Cooking times vary by the type of smoker used. Keep the lid closed as much as possible to reduce the amount of smoke produced.

Briskets can take up to 2 hours per pound to cook depending on the weather conditions. Higher grades of brisket require less time to cook because they’re leaner and contain more fat.

Cooking times vary depending on the size of the brisket. A 10 to 12 pound brisket will take  at least 5 hours to cook.

You can check if the meat is done by inserting a thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. When the internal temperature reaches 180-200 degrees Fahrenheit, you know the meat is ready.

Smoking or grilling a brisket takes about 2 hours per pound at most. A brisket smoked for 2 hours per pound should be juicy and tender.

This is a good rule of thumb because it takes into account the different methods of cooking and the different temperatures.

To get a rough idea of what time to start cooking your brisket, you should follow these guidelines: At 225 degrees Fahrenheit (F), smoking a brisket takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours per pound.

At 245 degrees F, it takes 1 to 1.5 hours.

At 290 degrees F, it takes 30 to 45 minutes per pound. But at these high temperatures, you’re running the risk of dry meat.

Brisket should be cooked over low heat, fat side up. Fat side down is better when the heat comes from beneath the meat. Bark should be crispy when cooked over low heat.

Ways To Shorten The Cooking Time

You should never use high temperatures when cooking briskets. Your brisket will dry out if you do this. Instead, you should let them cook slowly until tender.

You should wrap your brisket in foil or pink butcher paper before you put it back into the smoker.

Aluminum foil is great for wrapping meats, but butcher paper is a better choice if you want to preserve the bark.

Briskets are usually cooked by putting them into a pan or baking dish and then placing them directly into the oven.

This is how most people cook briskets. However, some people prefer to use a smoker instead of a stovetop.

For those who smoke their briskets, there are many ways to do it. You could also try other methods such as grilling or even frying.

Preheat your smoker to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and place the brisket fat side down.

Wrap the brisket tightly in aluminum foil once it reaches an internal temperature of around 170 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place it back on the smoker and continue cooking until the internal temperature rises to 203 degrees Fahrenheit.

You should always check meat with a thermometer before cooking it. Don’t overcook your steak.

Tips And Tricks

Briskets are tough cuts of meat that take a lot of time to cook properly. You need to trim them well before cooking. Then season them well.

After smoking them, remove them from the smoker and rest them for at least 30 minutes. Slice them thinly after resting. 

To make sure the brisket doesn’t dry out, monitor the temperature carefully during smoking. Don’t be afraid to use tools such as an instant read thermometer or digital probe thermometer.

Smoked brisket is a very difficult dish to master because there are many variables involved.

You need to be patient and learn how to work around the various problems. Pay attention to what you’re doing, and give yourself time to plan ahead.

Brisket is a tough cut of meat that needs long smoking time. You need to smoke it low and slow. You must use a dry rub or marinade.

Use a wet brine instead of a dry rub. Don’t over-smoke it. Add some liquid smoke if needed.

How To Smoke Brisket

How Long To Smoke A Brisket Per Pound For Best Results

Brisket is a cut from the cow. There are 2 per cow, comprising 2 distinct muscles. The point is the top layer of meat, while the flat is the bottom layer.

Braised brisket is tender due to the long cooking time. It breaks down the dense muscle and fat.

Smoking briskets requires patience. You need to let them sit for hours before eating them. It’s worth it! Brisket is usually cooked by slow roasting or smoking.

It is also known as flat iron steak, bottom round, and London broil. Brisket is used in many dishes such as chili con carne, pot roast, corned beef, and pastrami.

You should probably use a whole brisket, but if you’re cooking a half-brisket, you’ll need to add more time to your recipe.

Briskets usually take about 2 hours per pound to cook, but there are other factors that affect this as well. The weather conditions also play a role. 

On a cool day, the meat will take longer to heat up. On a hot day, the meat will cook faster. Even the heat source matters – for instance, if you’re using an open fire, the wind can affect the temperature.

The temperature will climb quickly at the end. When thinking the brisket is nearly ready, check the internal temperature every 15 or so minutes, always using a meat thermometer.

Briskets form a “bark” when smoked, which can make them appear finished when the inside temperature tells another story.

You should always go for the largest size of meat you can afford.

A large piece of meat is usually more expensive than a smaller piece, but it also contains more nutrients and calories.

Great briskets are made from high-quality meat. Marbling is important because it helps render out the fat when cooked.

Briskets must be bought from a butcher who knows how to cut them properly. We want our meat to be tender and juicy.

When we buy our meat at a grocery store, we need to make sure that it’s tender and juicy. We need to check if it bends easily and isn’t too hard to handle.

Grass fed beef is not as ideal for smoking because it has less intramuscular fat than grain-fed beef.

Grass fed beef is also much leaner than grain-fed beef, so there is less fat to render out during cooking.

Grass fed beef is more expensive than grain-fed beef because it takes longer to grow.

Grass fed beef is rated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as select, choice, or prime.

American wagyu is considered the highest quality grade of beef. It is usually sold as steaks, but some restaurants serve it sliced thin as thinly sliced steak.


Brisket is a cut of meat that comes from the cow’s chest. Each piece has a lot of fat, but some pieces won’t render. You need to remove the fat before cooking.

A great boning or filet knife helps you do this. Don’t be afraid to trim! Lay two briskets side by sides, and the fat pockets will look very different.

Briskets should be trimmed of excess fat prior to applying oil. Rubbing spices into the meat helps tenderize it. Apply olive oil to prevent drying out. Put the brisket into the smoker and cook until done.

Trim the fat off the top of the brisket. Remove the fat pocket next to the flat. Stop trimming when you start cutting into the meat.

Next flip it over and trim off the fat cap. This fatty piece sits just above the brisket.

We leave about 1/4 inch of fat on the fatty side of the brisket, this will allow a small layer of fat to protect the briskets while cooking.

Remove the fat carefully, do it in slow, small cuts so you don’t remove too much or get inside the meat.

The sides of the brisket should be trimmed off to make the cut more even. You should have a quality trimming blade.


After trimming, you coat your brisket with olive oil. Coarse black pepper, kosher salts, and granulated garlic in equal parts is a simple but effective seasoning. 


The Texas Crutch is used to make sure the meat doesn’t dry out during cooking. The wrapping prevents the heat from escaping and keeps the smoke inside.

It also makes sure the meat gets cooked evenly. You should use foil if you don’t have butcher paper.

The Stall

When cooking, it takes about an hour and a half for the temperature to reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

After that, the temperature drops rapidly and stays steady until the meat reaches 170 degrees Fahrenheit. At this point, the meat starts to cook more slowly.

Don’t be alarmed if you see some slow movement in the internal temperature. Fat renders out as the meat cooks, and this is what causes the temperature to rise.

When the temperature reaches 180 degrees, you’ll see the meat heat up quickly. We want to reach this point before the meat starts to dry out.

Brisket should be cooked low and slow. Hold the temperature for 4 hours if it’s done early. Use a cooler with no ice. Leave it wrapped. Brisket should be tender when ready to serve.

A thermometer is used to measure the internal temperature of the meat throughout the process. You should also use a Thermapen to take readings in different parts of the oven.

Remove And Rest

As the wrapped brisket reaches 195 degrees F, it’s time to start probing the beef with an instant-read thermometer to see if it’s ready.

If the thermometer feels like you’re inserting it into room temperature butter, then the intramuscular fats haven’t fully rendered out yet.

Most people tend to pull when they’re nervous or impatient. But if you trust your thermometer and let the meat rest, you’ll know when it’s time to take it off the heat.

A brisket should reach 205 degrees F before you start pulling.

Don’t take the temperature in the fat pockets between the flat and the tip. That will come up in temperature faster than the surrounding meat.

So be sure to temper in the middle of the flattest part of the brisket and the middle of the thickest part of the briskets. Also, please make sure you allow it to rest for at least 30 mins.

Briskets should not be sliced right after cooking. If you don’t wait, the juices will run out onto the cutting board instead of staying inside the meat. This means your brisket won’t taste as good.

After resting, the brisket is cut up into pieces, seasoned, placed in a smoker, and cooked until tender.

Then it is sliced into cubes and wrapped in pink butcher paper. People love the texture and taste of burnt ends.

In the end, it is the meat that matters most. We generally buy brisket that is labeled choice or better. If you see select or lower grade, consider injecting it with beef broth. Use salt pepper garlic rub.

Can the Smoking Time for a 20 Pound Turkey be Applied to Smoking a Brisket Per Pound?

Yes, the smoking time for a 20 pound turkey can be applied to smoking a brisket per pound. However, it’s important to note that brisket typically requires less time per pound than turkey due to its lower fat content. Adjust the cooking time accordingly when smoking a 20 pound turkey.

What If I Need It Quickly?

Brisket is best when smoked slowly over time, but you might not be able to to use this method when cooking for others. Guests might get impatient waiting for your brisket to cook. 

If need be, turn the cooking temperature up. Don’t be tempted to serve undercooked meat to save time. You should always make sure that your meat is cooked thoroughly before serving it to others.

The Best Brisket Substitutes

How Long To Smoke A Brisket Per Pound For Best Results

If you don’t want brisket, then maybe consider these alternatives!

Chuck Steak

Chuck steak is a cut of meat that cooks well and has a lot in common with brisket. The main differences are that chuck comes from the shoulder or neck and may not be boneless.

Also, unlike brisket, chuck contains lots of connective tissue and muscle fibers, making the meat tough, but you can cook it partially for a long time.

Chuck center and shoulder petite tenders have a milder flavor, so they’re perfect if you plan to marinate the meat before cooking it.

Chuck steak is a tough cut of meat that needs to be cooked well done or else it will turn out dry. A great alternative to brisket when you’re looking for something cheap and easy.

Short Ribs

Short ribs are a cut of meat that comes from the shoulder or loin of an animal. They come in three sizes: short, medium, and long.

They’re usually served as part of a meal, but they can also be used as a side dish. They can be cooked in many ways, such as braised, grilled, roasted, fried, or barbecued.

Short ribs can be a great substitute for brisket. You should marinate them before cooking them in the oven for about three hours or more.

Lamb Roast

Lamb is a great substitute for beef brisket. You can use it in any recipe that calls for beef brisket. Lamb has a strong flavor, so you should try pairing it with a stronger marinate or soak it in wine.

Lamb is usually sorted into three parts: neck, shoulder, and leg/hip. Lamb chops, cut from these parts, are a good option if grilled or smoked.

Leg and saddle (two loins with the hip), are usually roasted, but also can be used when boiled.

Forequarter cuts, like brisket, contain less connective tissue than other parts, so they should be cooked slowly.

Brisket is a cut of beef that comes from the short loin. It is usually made into a sandwich or used as an ingredient in other dishes.

There are many different types of briskets, but most people use either the flat or point cut.

Roast Pork

Pork is the most consumed meat, it’s very popular worldwide, and it’s an easy-to-find kind of meat. You can easily find a pork brisket cut substitute because it doesn’t contain any beef.

There are many different pork cuts that can be used as a brisket substitute depending on your needs, recipes, and cooking methods.

Pork shoulder, exactly like lamb, works really well when cooked slowly and low. Pork loin is great for roasting and grilling.

Pork ribs are a great choice for barbecuing. Pork cheeks are perfect for slow cooking, while pork belly is great for slow cooking, roasting, or stewing.

Pork cuts include tenderloin, loin, ham, shoulder, belly, leg, neck, and blade roast. Tenderloin is leaner than other cuts but still contains some fat.

Loin is similar to tenderloin but more flavorful. Ham is made from the hind legs of pigs. Shoulders are large muscles that lie above the pig’s back.

Belly is the largest muscle of the pig, located below the rib cage. Leg is the most common cut of pork.

Blade roast is a thin cut of meat taken off the shoulder. Neck is a fatty cut that comes from the head of the pig.

Poultry Thighs

Poultry is the most common meat consumed by people around the world. It is also very easy to cook.

However, there are many types of poultry available, and choosing the right type depends on your personal preference, your budget, and what dish you want to prepare.

Turkey thighs are more expensive than chicken thighs. Duck thighs are smaller than turkey thighs. Chicken thighs are cheaper than turkey thighs.


Cooking brisket is so fun – no matter how long it takes! It’s a delicious meat, and if you do it right, you’ll fall in love with how tender and tasty your smoker makes it.

Hopefully this guide has helped you to make the perfect brisket!

Julian Wells

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