How Long Does It Take To Smoke a Brisket Per Pound?

Brisket is a very popular cut of meat for BBQ (a tough cut), with a lot of connective tissue and fat. That’s why most experts recommend smoking it for 10+ hours at 225°F to make sure the low and slow cooking will break down the fibers in that tough muscle.

There are many different opinions on how long to smoke a brisket per pound, but what matters most is that you have enough time to cook your meat thoroughly before it goes bad or dries out!

The most common way to cook brisket is by smoking it. Smoking the brisket takes anywhere from 8-12 hours, depending on the size and weight of the meat.

But if you don’t have that kind of time on your hands there are some tricks you can use to get the job done faster! For example, try trimming off as much fat as possible before cooking (especially from around the edges) and adding liquid like beer or beef broth so it doesn’t dry out.

You may also want to consider using a smoker box filled with wood chips or chunks rather than relying solely on charcoal briquettes,

This blog post is designed for those who want an easy-to-follow guide with all their answers. It’s not too late to learn how!

What is a brisket?

A beef brisket is one of two cuts of beef taken from the breast section under the first five ribs. It weighs between four and eight pounds on average, but up to 12 pounds in some places. You can find beef brisket in most grocery stores during certain times of the year (especially holidays), usually near other “less expensive” cuts like chuck roast.

Beef brisket requires low and slow cooking. Before cooking with a brisket, make sure you have everything you need; once your brisket goes into the oven there’s no turning back! Some things you’ll want include: aluminum foil, paper towels, water pan (if using an electric smoker), garlic powder, onion powder, salt & pepper (don’t forget the grits!), and a meat thermometer (you must use one).

How long to smoke a brisket per pound?

The correct answer is: it depends. “How long to smoke a brisket per pound?” is a common question asked by novice BBQ’ers, but the fact is that there isn’t a set time for how long to smoke a beef brisket each and every time you fire up the smoker.

In general, most people recommend smoking at 225-250 degrees Fahrenheit for about 1 hour per pound…and this works well if you want fall-off-the-bone tender meat. If you prefer your brisket more firm and not so tender, then stick with about 1/2 hour per pound of meat.

How long does it take to smoke a brisket?

  • 3 pound beef brisket at 225 degrees Fahrenheit: It takes between 3 hour and 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending upon how you like your meat cooked (I personally prefer medium-rare).
  • 5 pound brisket: It takes between 5 hours and 30 minutes to 6 hours.
  • 7 pound brisket: It takes between 7 hours and 30 minutes to 8 hours. This time frame assumes you’re cooking at 225 degrees Fahrenheit. If you prefer different doneness levels for your meat, simply adjust accordingly.
  • A 10 lb brisket at 225F: It takes between 10 hours and 30 minutes to 11 hours.
  • 16 pound brisket at 225 degrees F: It takes between 9 hours and 15 minutes and 12 hours. This time frame assumes you’re cooking at 225 degrees Fahrenheit. If you prefer different doneness levels for your meat, simply adjust accordingly.

Smoking at 225 degrees Fahrenheit allows you to get more smoke flavor into the meat before drying it out (when you use high temperatures, the brisket will dry out faster).

Smoking brisket is an art form that takes years to perfect. There are numerous factors to consider besides cooking time, including: slice thickness, rub ingredients, wood type/chunk size, marinating time, barbeque sauce recipes (if any), fat cap up or down (some prefer it up for flavor; others prefer it down so it doesn’t melt into the fire below), etc.

Does a small brisket smoke faster??

A small brisket (1,5 to 3lb) needs to be smoke for about 1 hour and 13 minutes. To get the best results, use a thermometer so you can check the internal temperature of the meat. The USDA recommends an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius). If possible, baste it with barbecue sauce every 30 minutes while cooking

How long does it take to smoke a medium size brisket?

If you’re using a medium-sized brisket (5-10lb), then expect to cook that cut for 6 hour on average. Again, use your thermometer to check whether or not your brisket has reached the right level of doneness. You might want to apply barbecue sauce during each basting — around twice an hour should do the trick.

How Long to smoke a Large Brisket 10,12,15,16lb?

Cooking a large brisket should take about 10 hours on average. When it’s fully cooked, you’ll know because the meat will be firm enough for you to slice through with a plastic knife without resistance or splitting — if it falls apart easily, then it probably needs more time in the oven. Apply barbecue sauce regularly during cooking as well, but remember to baste every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes as you would for smaller cuts.

How long does it take to smoke a large brisket?

If your brisket is extra huge and weighs 20-22 pounds (9kg-11kg) or more, you’re going to need 12-18 hours to fully cook it. Again, you should baste the meat every 15 minutes while cooking, but your barbecue sauce can be applied more sparingly — about once an hour will do the trick.

Tips for smoking a briske:

Since this cooking method requires you to maintain a constant temperature, it’s best if you use some sort of smoker (I prefer propane since it’s more consistent than charcoal).

For those who don’t have smokers, follow the same instructions by placing your meat on something that will allow it to be above the fire but still close enough for smoke to envelop it (like a grill with grates). Make sure you keep the bottom vent 100% open at all times unless you want to limit airflow so as not to suffocate the coals. This is particularly important on wood or pellet smokers where maintaining an oxygen-rich environment is even more decisive.

Tightly cover your brisket with aluminum foil once you’ve reached about 160 degrees Fahrenheit (this will keep the meat from getting too tough and dry). This step is crucial (no matter what cooking method you use) and will prevent your brisket from becoming a giant dry log of meat.

More tips:

– To get that smoky flavor, I’d recommend using only hardwood/fruit woods like cherry, oak, pecan, mesquite etc. Softwoods like pine ought to be avoided since they’ll give your food an unpleasant taste (the same goes for camping stoves or other sources of intense heat like charcoal underwater or lighter fluid). Pellet smokers are also fine since pellets contain nothing but wood pulp; however this kind of smoker can sometimes give out too much smoke at once which can suffocate the meat.

– If you have a water bowl or drip pan, add it to your grilling station so the juices from the brisket don’t get in the fire and flare up. This is a huge distraction and a potential hazard. Also make sure you change out the water every so often since it will be filled with meat juices/scum.

– Be sure to place aluminum foil under your grill grate before setting down your brisket (I’ve forgotten this step on countless occasions). This acts as an extra layer of protection against flareups , helps keep your fire going by reflecting heat back into its core, and also aids in cleanup by catching all that gunk that falls off from cooking .

– Don’t season the top side of your brisket. Rather, season the side facing down and place it in such a way so that unseasoned meat juices drip on top of the seasoned side (this will help your meat take on more flavor).

– Keep an extra lighter/matches nearby since even the best smokers can fail from time to time.

– If you’re using a charcoal grill, avoid venturing away from the grill until you’ve reached at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit. The fire can die out very quickly if you leave it unattended for too long.

Recipes for smoked beef briskets:

– Texas style – Brisket with sauce on top (dry rub, no sauce); served with tortillas and condiments.

– Carolina style – Brisket is doused in vinegar-based sauce before serving; typically served with coleslaw as a side.

– Santa Maria style – Traditionally the meat is covered in black pepper and salt then roasted until it can be pulled apart with bare hands; nowadays it’s usually given a light saucing after cooking though some folks still prefer to eat it au natural. A tomato based relish known as “chunkey” is also often used as a condiment along with Pacific sea salt.

Sides dish for brisket:

Potato salad, potato chips, white bread,..

FAQs about smoked beef briskets

Q: What type of wood should I use?

A: As mentioned earlier, go with hardwood/fruit woods since they’ll yield better results than softwoods. Keep in mind that oak is one of the best woods out there when it comes to cooking brisket.

Q: Can I substitute beef short ribs for beef brisket?

A: Yes! Beef short ribs are another classic cut of meat that’s commonly used for smoking.

Q: How long does it take to smoke a brisket per pound at 225?

You can usually figure about 1 hours per pound, but there are many factors that could affect this time such as actual meat thickness and wind speed among others!

It often takes around one hour for each kilogram of meat if you’re cooking on low heat with plenty airflow options available – so keep an eye out when opening up your smoker or else things might go wrong quickly!

Q: Which side of the brisket goes up when smoking?

A: Most people know that your meat cooks better with some fat on it, but do you actually care which way is “up”? The answer will depend. If one side is more exposed than another or if there’s only a vertical smoker available for use (like an offset smoker), then choose whichever has less exposure to heat source.

Otherwise make sure both sides are well-saturated by wrapping them in foil after about 2 hours installation time– this helps deal with any moisture loss caused due to high temperatures near bottom shelf where food spends most its life away from open flame zone .

Personally I like using paper during convection oven cook session since fumes escape easier down lower

Q: What temperature do you smoke a brisket to?

A: The temperature of a properly smoked brisket is 225°F, but keep in mind that the internal temp can increase by 10 degrees even after it’s been removed from your grill.

Q: How can you tell if your brisket is overcooked?

A: The meat will be dry and the smoke flavor will be gone.

The outside of the brisket will start to get crispy.

The fat on the outside of the brisket will start to turn white.

Q: Do you flip a brisket while smoking?

A: Flip it.

“Flipping the meat evens out its exposure to heat,” says retired judge and champion BBQ chef Aaron Franklin of Colorado’s world-famous. He suggests rotating an entire Kansas City-style smoked beef or pork butt every hour while smoking at least twice during this time so that no part sits around just getting darker instead try flipping

Q: How long should you rest brisket?

A: Resting brisket is important for the best results. Ideally, you should rest at least 1 hour if your time is restricted or tight because of a busy schedule but 2 hours are recommended in order to get all needed nutrients and remove any remaining liquid that may be present on top after cooking

Q: Do you wrap brisket in foil when smoking?

A: Why wrap your brisket in foil? Smoked meat cooked using the Texas Crutch method (which is wrapped with heavy butcher paper or aluminum) comes out juicy and tender. To ensure this happens for you, try cooking over an open flame rather than direct heat – it will give off a much more complex flavor!

Q: Why did my brisket turn out tough?

A: Even when cooking at low temperatures, some people’s briskets come out too hard. The solution is to heat it back up and give them another go in the oven or on top of your BBQ.

Be sure to cook the meat for at least eight hours. If it’s still too chewy, try heating up some water and placing that in a pan with your leftover fat before putting on another layer of foil over top; this will tenderize any remaining sinews or collagen fibers within!


“How long to smoke a brisket per pound?” is one of the most common questions from anyone who wants to know how to make smoked meat. With this guide, you’ll have all the information and tips needed in order to figure out what’s best for your smoking needs. If the smoker temperature varies throughout cooking time, it will also vary in tenderness levels which can be difficult if not impossible when trying to cook with precise timing.

The perfect amount of time depends on several factors including but not limited to weight, fat content, desired texture and level of doneness.

In general 60-90 minutes per pound at 225 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended as a safe range for achieving good results without overcooking or drying out too much due

As you can see, smoking a brisket is no picnic. It takes time and patience to get it right.

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