At 225°F, it takes approximately 90 minutes per pound to smoke a brisket. At 250°F, it takes an hour per pound to smoke a brisket.
Cooking Time per Pound of Brisket
The amount of time needed for smoking brisket depends on the temperature of your smoker as well as the size and weight of the meat. You should expect to get juicy and tender results if you smoke a brisket at 225 degrees for 1.5 to two hours per pound.
In calculating how long to smoke a brisket, many people opt for the hours-per-pound method. It is important to keep in mind that the amount of cooking time per pound depends on a number of factors, but primarily on the temperature of cooking. The process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours per pound at different cooking temperatures.
The following chart will give you a rough idea of how long it will take to smoke a brisket. If it’s your first time, be sure to allow for extra time as the meat can stall during cooking, and be sure to give it at least an hour to rest before it’s sliced.
|Temperature of Grill (Fahrenheit)||Time to Cook 1 Pound of Brisket|
|225°F||1.5 to 2 hours|
|275°F||30 minutes to 1 hour|
|300°F||30 minutes to 45 minutes|
Of course, there are other factors you should consider in addition to the cooking temperature, starting with the size of the brisket. The larger the brisket, the longer it will take to cook per pound, since the heat takes longer to penetrate into the center of the beef.
|Size of Brisket (in pounds)||Time to Smoke at 225°F|
|1.5 lbs||1.5 – 2 hours|
|2.5 lbs||3.5 to 4 hours|
|4 lbs||5 to 6 hours|
|5 lbs||5 to 7 hours|
|8 lbs||10 to 16 hours|
|10 lbs||12 to 20 hours|
Why You Should Use a Pellet Grill or Electric Smoker
Anyone who enjoys grilling or barbecuing should know how to smoke a brisket on a pellet grill to get a delicious smoke flavor.
By using pellet grills, you can add additional flavors to your brisket such as maple or apple. The cooking method and type of smoker also affect the cooking time per pound.
It may be necessary to use a trial-and-error method until you become familiar with your particular smoker type. There is seldom enough gas produced by electric smokers to produce a smoke ring without the assistance of other gases. Pellet grills consistently produce these gases as a result of burning wood as both a source of heat and a source of flavor and are therefore the superior choice.
Since electric and gas smokers have consistent temperatures, it is easier to predict the amount of time it will take to cook a pound of meat than it is for pit or barrel smokers. When the lid is closed, the heat is contained and the cooking time is reduced.
Additionally, the thickness of the meat, the amount of fat, the outside temperature, wind, humidity, the grade of the meat, and the composition of the meat tissue influence the cooking time per pound.
The Best Wood Chips for Smoking Brisket
For a bold smoky flavor, choose mesquite, hickory, or oak wood. All of these woods contribute to adding a strong smoke flavor to beef.
You can also use cherry wood to give your steak a milder wood-fired flavor and vibrant color. You will not only enjoy the taste of the brisket but the appearance as well!
How to Season Your Brisket and Remove Excess Fat
Prior to seasoning, you will want to trim off any excess fat from your brisket. Once you’ve removed the fat cap, you can season the meat to suit your taste.
Brisket rubs usually include salt, pepper, and garlic powder but you can add any seasoning or marinade you like.Print
Tips for the Best Brisket Ever
Set up your smoker ahead of time. You’ll want the grill temperature to be between 225°F – 250°F before you add your meat. Ensure that you add some wood to your coals to start producing smoke while pre-heating the grill.
Trim your brisket’s fat to 1/4 inch thick. It’ll take less time to render if there’s less fat.
Make sure you season your meat but don’t rub it in. Despite what the phrase “dry rub” suggests, you should pat your dry rub or marinade into the meat, not rub it on.
At least 12 hours before grilling, inject the brisket. It’s best to inject your meat with a marinade at least 12 hours in advance so that it’s at room temperature.
How Long Should You Smoke a 10-pound Brisket?
Using the guideline of 90 minutes per pound, a 10-pound piece of meat should be ready in about 15 hours. However, as we have previously explained, there is no hard and fast rule, especially when dealing with larger cuts.
Allow yourself a generous amount of time for briskets weighing 10 pounds or more. Depending on the weight, the internal temperature reaches 200°F around the 10-hour mark, or it could stall multiple times and take up to twice as long.
The temperature and texture of the brisket are more important than the time on the clock. Check using a meat thermometer and be sure to insert past the surface of the meat to get an accurate read on the temperature of the brisket.