How Long to Prepare Smoked Brisket – Best Recipe (2021)

Briskets rank high among the various delicacies that people usually go for. And like most delicacies,  smoked brisket can be a hard task, one that you would rather leave to the pros if you do not know your way around it. So, if you are new to smoking brisket or just looking to learn some new tricks, this article is just for you.

Briskets are basically cowed meat i.e. beef brisket. The size and thickness is usually a matter of preference and convenience. You would definitely have to consider the number of persons you want to share your briskets with before deciding what size to buy. Whatever you do, be sure to go for something you can handle especially if you are a beginner.

As the focus of this article is on how to tell when the smoked brisket is done, we will not talk about the preliminaries of brisket smoke. You can, however, read smoked beef brisket for further information on how to make delicious briskets. you can use wood chips in the smoke. the essential factor for the smoke is that the wood chips, but after breaking into parts like pellets.

Smoked brisket – PROPER TIMING

Timing is a very important factor where cooking is concerned. As much as you may want to regard it as something you know by experience, cooking is still a science. The length of cook time required to properly smoke brisket meat is usually dependent on the size of the meat so you have to remember to keep the temperatures just right.

Generally, you should smoke briskets for about hours and fifteen minutes per each pound while the temperatures are set to 225F. This means that if you have 5 pounds of briskets, it will take about 6 hours and fifteen minutes to be properly smoked. For large chops, you can go as high as 250F or wrap the meat in foil if you’re pressed for time.

Wrapping the brisket in foil helps rather than increasing the heat and risking the probability of burnt brisket. You will also have to watch the briskets carefully from time to time. This is to prevent the meat from becoming overcooked in hours.

If you don’t know how to tell when the brisket is done, here are some tips that can help you.

How to smoke a brisket – USE A MEAT THERMOMETER

You will need a meat thermometer if you do not already have one. It is the most stress-free and accurate way to determine when the brisket is fully done, especially you are new to brisket smoking.

Generally, checking the internal temperature of the brisket with a meat thermometer is the ideal way to check for readiness of briskets. When the internal temperature hits about 190F to 210F, the brisket is done. The thickness of the meat itself is what determines the appropriate temperatures of readiness for briskets. So if your brisket is thin, it will be safer to go for 190F.

You have to be careful that the brisket does not stay on such heat longer than necessary as this may result in a dry, crumbly brisket rather than a moist and tender one.

It is sometimes better to use a probe thermometer rather than a hood thermometer. Doing this will ensure that you know the precise temperature in the brisket per time. Grill hood thermometers will only measure the temperatures around the hood and not the meat itself. Since your goal is to test for tenderness, you have to insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the brisket before you will be able to tell whether it is properly cooked or not.

The meat thermometer also helps to ensure that the temperature is regulated while the meat cook. It is safer to monitor the temperature in your smoker with a thermometer especially if your smoker does not have such a gauge. You will be able to note if it rises beyond normal and turns down the heat in time. Remember to keep the temperature steady, preferably between 220F and 250 F while smoking or cooking.


If for any reason, you are unable to use a thermometer or cannot find a working thermometer, do not worry, all hope is not lost. You can check for the readiness manually by probing with a fork or with your fingers.

Smoked brisket recipe – FORK TEST FOR SMOKED BRISKET

This is also called a probe test. In this method, all you need to do is to poke your brisket with a fork or some other sharp object and test for resistance. You will feel the texture of the meat as you do this, If your fork reaches into the meat easily without stress or if you can easily yank off a piece of the meat, then your brisket is most likely done. You should, however, be careful while poking so you do not mar the brisket or create too many holes.

Smoking a brisket – KNIFE TEST

You may also cut into the edge of the brisket, if it cut up as easily as you think regular cooked meat should, then its most likely ready to be taken out of the smoker.

The downside, however, is that to do this you will have to open up your smoker and this will cause it to lose some of the heat and it will take a while for the smoker to regain the cooking temperature it had before you opened it.

So, if you open up your smoker and probe too many times, you will slow down the cooking process and increase the cooking time. It is, therefore, better to make these methods a last resort or final check for the brisket a sit will prevent the disturbances that may be caused by opening up the-smoker while the brisket cook.

Here are some commonly asked questions about smoking briskets and our suggestions:

At What Temperature is a Brisket Done?

It is hard to categorically state the temperature at which brisket should be cooked as well as the period of time it would take to do this. This is mostly because the thickness of meat varies (depending on the cut) alongside its texture. Unfortunately, this also extends to the certainty as to the inner temperature of a fully cooked brisket.

Some briskets may be ready at 190F -199F while others may only be properly cooked at 200F – 215F. As a precaution, you may use the poking method to ascertain the readiness of the brisket at the later stage of the cooking.

Also, since cook briskets need time to cool off after smoking because they still possess a lot of heat, you can allow that period for a little longer so that the heat will finish up whatever cooking is left of the brisket after it leaves the-smoker.

 Is Brisket Done at 180?

It is possible to have a brisket that is fully cooked while the inner temperature is at 180F but it is safer to wait till it reaches 190F. If you try the poking or probing tests recommended and you think that it is ready, please take it out of the smoker and leave it to rest before you cut into it.

How Long Do You Smoke a Brisket at 225?

The length of time for smoking briskets will be determined solely by the size of the brisket. It is recommended that you smokers briskets for hours and fifteen minutes per pound. 225F is a good temperature to smoke briskets so ensure that you keep it at that temperature.

We hope this article has helped and answered any questions you may have had about smoked brisket. You can also check simply beef brisket recipes and how to cook brisket for further explanation on how to tell when the smoked brisket is done without using a thermometer.