How To Smoke A Beef Brisket In A Smoker?

How long does it take to smoke a brisket?

There are lots of variables including the temperature of your smoker, the thickness of the meat, fat content, etc.

For planning purposes; smoke times for 14 pound brisket should smoke for about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes per pound at 250° F.

For a 14 pound brisket; which comes out to 14 to 17 1/2 hours.

How do you smoke the perfect brisket?

The damp wood smolders and permeates the brisket with smoke. You can also offset the heat by raking the coals to opposite sides of the pit. Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours per pound, at a temperature between 200 and 250 degrees, adding both dry and soaked wood chips as necessary to keep the temperature consistent.

How long do you smoke a brisket at 225?

Checking the Temperature While Smoking

To achieve the best results, I cook the beef brisket at 225 degrees for about 1 hour and 15 minutes per pound. The time per pound is strictly a guide and cooking times will actually vary.

What temperature do you smoke brisket to?

The ideal temperature of a properly smoked brisket is 195°F, but keep in mind that the internal temp of the brisket can increase by 10 degrees even after it’s been removed from the grill. The last thing you want is to overcook your brisket, which results in dry, chewy meat.

Why is my smoked brisket tough?

A brisket that is tender like that is pure gold for a smoker. The problem is that a brisket is one of the more challenging cuts of meat to smoke. If the brisket is tough, it is because it needs more time to cook to tenderize and break down the connective tissues.

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How do you keep a brisket moist when smoking?

Rules for a moist brisket:

  • Start with a well-marbled brisket with a thin layer of fat (cap).
  • Keep fat on the brisket.
  • Keep the fat between the meat and the fire as much as you can.
  • Baste frequently with a good brisket mop.
  • Flip and rotate your brisket at least once during the smoking to even out the exposure to heat.

Do you smoke brisket fat side up or down?

If you decide to cook your brisket fat side up, you should know that the fat acts as a heat shield protecting the beef. If your heat source is mostly from the top, such as with many horizontal offset smokers, fat side up should be the way to go.

When should I wrap my brisket?

When wrapping your brisket in foil, we recommend waiting until your meat hits 150 degrees Fahrenheit internally. This will help you build up a nice bark on the outside of the meat and give you that beautiful red smoke ring.

Can you over smoke a brisket?

It’s easy to over-smoke brisket due to its long cook time. This will result in a piece of meat that “tastes like liquid smoke.” To prevent this, it’s necessary to use very dry wood. This particular type of wood creates very little soot when it burns and imparts a mild smoky flavor to the meat.