How To Smoke A Brisket On A Pellet Grill? A Pitmaster's Guide (2023)

If you’re looking to step up your BBQ game, smoking a brisket on a pellet grill is where it’s at. Although the whole process could take a day, surprisingly, it’s super easy. Just slather on some BBQ rub on the beef brisket, crank up the grill to 225°F, and toss that bad boy on there, fat-side up! Let it smoke for about 10-12 hours, then wrap it up in foil when it hits 160°F. Keep cooking until it reaches 200°F, then let it rest for 30 minutes before carving into that juicy goodness.

As a cooking school grad, pitmaster, and chef who eats, sleeps, and breathes cooking, I’ve got you covered with all the tips and tricks you need to perfect your beef brisket smoking skills. But first, I’ll show you a recipe that works for me. Then we’ll cover everything like picking the right wood pellets to trim, how to nail your BBQ rub, and a lot more. So, let’s fire up that grill and get something smokin’.

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Texas Style Smoked Brisket Recipe

Now, this is a quick one for folks who like southern BBQ and Texas brisket. It’s specifically a Texan-style smoked brisket recipe and we’ll start with what you’ll need.


  • A whole packer brisket, around 12-18 pounds
  • 1/2 cup of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup of onion powder
  • 1/4 cup of paprika
  • 1/4 cup of chili powder
  • 2 cups of beef broth


  1. Trim off any extra fat from the whole packer brisket, but leave about 1/4 inch on top.
  2. Mix together all the spices in a bowl.
  3. Rub the spice mix all over the brisket, making sure to cover every nook and cranny.
  4. Cover the beef brisket with plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge overnight.
  5. Preheat your smoker to 225°F.
  6. Put the brisket on the smoker fat side up and cook it for 10 to 12 hours, or until it hits an internal temperature of 195-205°F.
  7. Baste the brisket with beef broth every hour or so to keep it nice and juicy.
  8. Once it’s done, take the smoked beef brisket off the pellet smoker and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
  9. Finally, slice the smoked beef brisket against the grain and get ready to taste it. Now that’s what I call a good ol’ Texas-style smoked brisket!
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How to Pick a Pellet Grill Brisket?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of smoking a brisket, let’s talk about the most important part of smoking a brisket: choosing the right one.

Don’t just grab any old hunk of meat from the grocery store – take some time to find the perfect cut or grade and size. And below is a quick guide:

Making Sense of the Grades of Brisket Available

Let’s talk about brisket grades.

In a nutshell, you’ve got three options: Select, Choice, and Prime.

Just so you know, the grading primarily depends on how mature and how much marbling is in the meat. By the way, the marbling is the white lines of fat running throughout the meat. The more marbling there is, the more flavor and tenderness cooked brisket can get.

Select-grade Briskets

Now, Select-grade briskets are the leanest. They have the least amount of marbling. They’re usually cheaper, but you’ll need to put in a bit more effort to make them delicious.

One tip is to add some extra fat like bacon or butter during smoking to keep it moist.

Choice-grade Briskets

Choice-grade briskets are the middle-ground. They have more marbling than Select but not as much as Prime. They’re a good option for those who want to balance taste and cost.

Prime-grade Briskets

Prime-grade briskets are the king of the brisket world. They have the most marbling and are the most flavorful and tender.

They’re also the most expensive, so if you’re willing to splurge, go for it! It’s definitely worth it. But do you shop from a meat shop where all this grading isn’t done and you can’t make sense of it? Then I’ll say, don’t worry too much about the grade, as long as you’re selecting a brisket with good marbling.

Size Selection

When it comes to choosing the size of your pellet grill brisket, it all depends on how many people you’re feeding and how much time you have. While a smaller brisket will cook faster, it might not be enough to feed a big crowd.

If you’re planning to make a brisket for your buddies, aim for about 1 pound of meat per person. But if it’s just a few of you, then a 5-7 pound brisket will do the trick. However, if it’s a party, then go big with a 10-12 pounder! Just remember that the bigger it is, the longer you’ll need to smoke the brisket on a pellet grill.

(Video) Brisket on a Pellet Grill

Now, once you’ve got your perfect brisket, it’s time to get it prepped and ready for the pellet grill.

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How to Trim and Season the Brisket?

Smoking a brisket ain’t just about tossing it on the grill and hoping for the best. Nope, if you want to take your BBQ game to the next level, first, you’ve got to get your brisket properly trimmed and seasoned. Here’s what you need to know to make it happen.

Trimming the Brisket

The key to trimming a brisket is to remove any excess fat and connective tissue so that the meat cooks evenly and doesn’t end up too greasy.

I always start by getting rid of any big chunks of fat and leave about a quarter inch of fat on the meat to keep it moist.Then, I cut out any hard or tough connective tissue.

But how much of the fat cap you remove depends on what you want.

I have close folks who leave the fat cap on. That’s pretty fine. It’ll help to keep the meat juicy during the long smoking process.

On the other hand, those who don’t want fatty cuts like to completely remove the fat cap on top of the brisket.

But I think removing it completely is a bad idea as far as cooking the perfect brisket is concerned. I don’t do this because it could cause the brisket to dry out. The only case you want to remove all of the fat cap is when the brisket grade is high; that is if it has a lot of intramuscular fat.

Dryness is something you want to avoid in any long cooking process like smoking. Otherwise, you have to be set for a tough chewy brisket. This won’t be nice for your molars!

Seasoning the Brisket

Now that your brisket is trimmed and lookin’ good, it’s time to add some flavor. There are tons of rubs and seasonings out there, but my favorite for making brisket is the Killer Hogs BBQ TX Brisket Rub. Another one that tastes nice on briskets is Slap Yo Daddy. You’d like its earthy flavor.

But if you need something right away, a simple blend of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder will do the trick just fine.

Make sure to coat all sides of the brisket with the seasoning, and press it in so it sticks. You can also inject the meat with a marinade or baste it with a sauce while it’s smokin’ for even more flavor.

Just remember, you don’t want to go overboard with the seasoning and drown out the natural flavor of the meat. The key is to taste as you go and adjust as needed. After your brisket is trimmed and seasoned, let it rest at room temperature for about an hour before putting it on the smoker. This will help the seasoning soak in and ensure that your brisket cooks evenly.

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How to Prepare Your Pellet Smoker for a Brisket Barbecue?

With your brisket prepped and ready to go, it’s time to prepare the pellet grill and start smoking. Here’s what you need to know to prepare your grill for the perfect brisket.

Selecting Pellets

A pellet grill, as the name suggests, is a BBQ that works with pellets. But… you may be wondering if you can put another type of fuel in the grill to make it work.

Well no. BUT!

(Video) Smoked Brisket on Pellet Grill

There are pellets for almost every type of wood, so there’s plenty to choose from! Apple, maple, hickory, oak wood pellets… It’s so nice to have so many options!

I know you’re asking right now, “So which pellets are the best for smoking brisket?” Well, there are a lot of options out there, but my top picks for smoking brisket are hickory and mesquite.

These guys provide a bold and smoky flavor that perfectly complements the rich flavor of the brisket. However, if you’re looking for something a little more mild and sweet to make your taste buds sing, apple and cherry pellets are also great choices.

If you’re a “little wise”, you can even mix several kinds of pellets to create something unique. Smoked brisket with a hint of applewood and hickory, for example, sure tastes heavenly.

Once you have found a good flavor or combination and supplier, the advantage of pellets is that they are often of the same size. Always have the same weight and will always burn at the same temperature. You can’t go wrong with it.

Preparing the Pellet Grill

Alrighty, now that your smoker’s at the right temp and you’ve picked out your wood pellets, it’s time to get the grill ready for action.

Make sure the grill grate is clean and lubed up so your brisket won’t stick. By that, I mean dipping and applying wadded paper towel in some oil and wiping the oil over the grate evenly using tongs.

And don’t forget to fill up the pellet hopper with those wood pellets and make sure the auger’s working its magic.

Temperature Selection

To make sure your brisket turns out finger-licking good – flavorful, juicy, and moist – you’ve got to cook it low and slow. And that requires keeping a consistent temperature for hours.

Most pellet smokers hit the sweet spot at around 225°F. So crank up your grill to this temp and let it sit for a bit until it stabilizes.

Keep an eye on the smoker’s temperature display throughout the cooking process to make sure it stays steady.

How to Smoke a Pellet Grill Brisket?

As I mentioned earlier, low and slow is the way to go if you’re looking to smoke brisket on a pellet grill and get it juicy and full of flavor. Here are the steps and tips to help you smoke the perfect brisket without drying it out or getting it chewy.

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Adding Water or Other Liquids

Want a juicy, tender, and flavorful brisket? Then consider adding some liquid to the drip tray or pan.

Water, meat broth, or apple juice all work great. Plus, it helps keep the temperature consistent inside the smoker. Just keep an eye on the liquid level during cooking and add more if needed.

Now that your smoker’s all prepped, it’s time to add your seasoned brisket and let the good times roll.

Place the Brisket on the Grill

After your smoker is fired up and ready to go, it’s time to add that brisket. Just plop it onto the grill with the brisket fat side facing up. This allows the fat to melt and drip down into the meat, keeping it juicy and flavorful throughout the cook.

Monitor the Grill Temperature

Keep an eye on that temperature gauge! You want to keep it steady at 225°F for the entire process.

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If the temperature drops, add some more pellets and adjust the airflow. Remember, a fluctuating temperature can result in tough and dry meat.

Add More Pellets

Don’t let the pellet hopper run dry! Keep an eye on it and add more pellets as needed to keep the smoke and heat flowing. No pellets, no smoke, no tender or flavorful brisket!

Check the Internal Temp

Don’t be afraid to stick your grill’s meat probe in there to be sure your brisket is cooked to perfection. If your grill doesn’t have a temp probe, then you should buy a thermometer. What I like to use is an instant-read thermometer like the Alpha Grillers Model.

Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat and wait for the internal temperature to reach 160°F before wrapping it up.

Wrap the Brisket

When your brisket reaches an internal temperature of 160°F, it’s time to wrap it up like a cozy little baby. The wrapped brisket method, known as the Texas Crutch, keeps the meat moist and tender by allowing it to cook in its juices. It also speeds up the cooking and helps prevent what we call the stall.

Your brisket is done when the flat of the brisket reads around 200 to 205 degrees when you check with a temp probe. By the way, the flat side is the one that’s got a layer of fat on top, and it’s pretty even throughout the meat.

How to Rest and Serve the Brisket?

So you’ve put in the time and effort to smoke a delicious brisket on a pellet grill And now it’s time to dig in! But hold on – there are a few key steps to follow to ensure that your brisket stays as juicy and flavorful as possible.

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Remove the Smoked Brisket From the Grill

Using your trusty tongs or heat-resistant gloves, carefully take your smoked brisket off the pellet grill and place it on a big cutting board or platter. Don’t burn your fingers – this brisket is hot and ready to rest!

Rest the Brisket

Now comes the hardest part – waiting. But trust me, it’s worth it! Wrap your brisket up in some aluminum foil or butcher paper. Then let the wrapped brisket rest for at least 30 minutes but ideally closer to an hour.

This gives the juices a chance to spread out evenly throughout the meat, making it extra tender and delicious. Don’t even think about cutting into it before this step – patience is key!

Slicing and Serving the Brisket

Finally, it’s time to dig in! Start by slicing the brisket against the grain into thin pieces. Against the grain means across the meat fibers. That is, if the meat fibers are going horizontal, you cut vertically, and vice versa.

This ensures that each piece is not long-fingered and each bite is tender and easy to chew. Arrange the slices on a plate or platter, and get ready to impress your guests.

Serving Suggestions

When it comes to serving up some delicious smoked brisket, you can’t go wrong with some classic BBQ sides like coleslaw, potato salad, and baked beans.

But if you’re feeling like having something a bit healthier, why not try pairing your brisket with a fresh green salad or some grilled veggies?

And let’s not forget about the sauce – a tangy BBQ sauce or a spicy brisket rub can really take your brisket to the next level.

Whatever sides and sauces you choose, one thing is for sure – your guests will be asking or coming back for more!

Why Use a Pellet Grill for Smoking Brisket?

Pellet grills are all the rage these days, and for good reason. If you’re thinking about smoking brisket, they’ve got some serious advantages over old-school charcoal or gas grills. Here are just a few:

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Temperature Control on Lock

With a pellet grill, you get one big advantage: consistent temperature control. And that’s key when smoking a brisket. You don’t want to mess with the heat too much, you just want to let it cook low and slow for hours.

Pellet grills use an automated system to keep the temperature steady, so you can just set it and forget it. That means no more fussing over the grill to keep the temperature just right like you would with a charcoal or gas grill.


Pellet grills are like the Swiss Army knives of grills – they can do it all! From smoking and grilling to roasting and even baking, you can make all sorts of tasty treats on the same grill.

So instead of just smoking brisket, you can get more bang for your buck with a pellet grill by trying several other recipes.

Wood-Fired Flavor

When it comes to flavor, nothing does it like pellet grills. They use – as I told you earlier – wood pellets as their fuel source, which gives your food that oh-so-delicious smoky taste. And the best part? You can choose from a variety of wood pellet flavors to make your brisket taste totally unique.

Easy to Use

Don’t let the idea of using a grill intimidate you! Pellet grills are actually super easy to use, even if you’re a total newbie.

Just load the pellets into the hopper, set the temp, and voila – you’re good to go!

Plus, some pellet grills even have fancy features like WiFi and mobile apps. So you can control the grill right from your phone or tablet. How cool is that?!

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Best Pellet Grill Brands and Models for Smoking Brisket

When it comes to pellet grills, there are a ton of brands and models to choose from. But some really shine when it comes to smoking brisket.

Traeger is a big name in the game, and their Pro Series are killer choices for smoking some brisket with ease.

Green Mountain Grills is another brand to check out, with their Davy Crockett and Ledge Prime Plus models both delivering some seriously smoky goodness.

If you’re willing to spend a little extra dough, the Camp Chef Woodwind and the Weber Smokefire are both fancy options that can really up your brisket game.

But hey, at the end of the day, it’s all about your wallet and your taste buds, so go with what feels right!


1. How Do You Keep a Brisket Moist in a Pellet Smoker?

Ah, the age-old question! One way to keep your brisket juicy is to make sure you don’t overcook it (cooking it too long or too hot) – nobody likes a dry hunk of meat. You can also try spritzing it with some apple juice or broth every hour or so to help it stay moist. And of course, don’t forget to let it rest for a bit after it’s done cooking to let those juices settle.

2. What is the Best Temperature to Smoke a Brisket on a Pellet Grill?

Again, this is a bit of a subjective question. Some folks like to smoke brisket at 225 degrees for a long time, while others prefer to crank up the heat to 275 or even 300 for a shorter cook time. It all depends on your smoker and your desired outcome. Just remember to keep an eye on that internal temperature to make sure your brisket is cooked through!

3. Is It Better to Smoke Brisket at 180 or 225?

It depends. At 180, you’re getting a tender and juicy brisket but for a longer smoking time. 225 is the middle ground and what I prefer. You’re still getting a well-smoked and juicy brisket but for less time. I think 180 would be too low as it takes too much time.

4. Should I Wrap Brisket in Foil When Smoking?

Aluminum foil or butcher paper-wrapped brisket can help it cook faster and get moist. We pitmasters swear by this technique. That being said, some folks prefer to go without the foil to get that nice crispy bark on the outside. Again, it’s all about personal preference!

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And there you have it, folks! Smoking a pellet grill brisket may seem intimidating due to the long process. But with a little patience and practice, anyone can achieve delicious, mouth-watering results.

Remember to properly season your brisket with a good BBQ rub, maintain a consistent temperature, and give it plenty of time to smoke low and slow. And don’t forget to let the brisket rest before slicing into it. With these tips in mind, you’re sure to become a brisket pitmaster in no time. So go ahead and fire up that pellet grill, and let me know how it ended up!


How To Smoke A Brisket On A Pellet Grill? A Pitmaster's Guide? ›

Cover the beef brisket with plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge overnight. Preheat your smoker to 225°F. Put the brisket on the smoker fat side up and cook it for 10 to 12 hours, or until it hits an internal temperature of 195-205°F. Baste the brisket with beef broth every hour or so to keep it nice and juicy.

How long to smoke a brisket at 225 on pellet grill? ›

Set your pellet grill to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and preheat, lid closed, for 15 minutes. Place brisket on the grill grate fat side down, and cook for approximately 6 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

How do you smoke brisket on a Pit Boss pellet grill? ›

Start up your Pit Boss smoker or wood pellet grill. Once it's fired up, set the temperature to 225°F. Place the brisket in the smoker, insert the smoker's attached temperature probe, if you have one, and set the brisket to cook for about 6-8 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

What is the 3 2 1 rule for brisket? ›

The numbers simply refer to 3 hours in the smoker unwrapped, then 2 hours wrapped in foil, with the final hour unwrapped at a slightly higher temperature.

Is it better to smoke brisket at 250 or 225? ›

You'll need to cook brisket at 250° for about 30-40 minutes per pound. Upping the temperature to 250°, from the established tried and true rule of smoking at 225°, has some shocking and actually delicious results! You see, when we smoke brisket at 225° F the timing is around 1-1.25 hours per lb.

How long will a 13 lb brisket take at 225? ›

For the initial smoke phase, I plan about 8 hours at 225 degrees F for my 12-13 pound briskets to reach 165 degrees F. However, your brisket will enter a phase in between 145 degrees F and 165 degrees F where the liquid evaporating from the surface of the brisket will cool it while your grill is trying to cook it.

Do you flip brisket on pellet smoker? ›

So, the next time you're cooking a delicious cut of brisket on your wood pellet grill, remember these tips: no flipping, basting, braising, and always cook fat-side-down.

When should I wrap my brisket? ›

Most barbecue experts recommend wrapping brisket when it reaches an internal temperature of 165-170 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do you need to spray brisket in a pellet grill? ›

We've tried it both ways (many many times) and fat side down seems to work best for pellet smokers because it insulates the meat. Therefore, a brisket spray is extra necessary because we don't have juicy fat dripping down from above and basting the brisket from the fat cap.

Should brisket be smoked fat side up or down? ›

Always smoke brisket with the fat side facing down. Fat-side down helps keep the seasoning on the brisket and makes it look better. Cooking brisket fat side up does not add moisture to the meat.

What is the magic number for brisket? ›

Brisket can be done in a range of 200-210°F (93-99°C), but after cooking thousands of briskets, Franklin feels the magic temperature is 203°F (95°C).

What is the longest you should let a brisket rest? ›

No matter the cooking method (smoking, roasting, etc.), cooked brisket should rest for at least one hour but not more than two hours. After more than a couple of hours at room temperature, the brisket starts to get cold, and reheating it can cause it to dry out.

What is the best brisket strategy? ›

The golden rule of brisket prep is “slow and low.” To transform a tough cut into a tender delight, the meat needs to cook slowly at a low cooking temperature. To cook a full brisket in time for dinner, you may want to fire up the smoker before breakfast.

Should I pull brisket at 190 or 200? ›

The best internal temp to cook brisket to is between 190°F and 210°F. I find 203°F to be the ideal temperature for pulling brisket from my smoker. When taking a temperature reading, you shouldn't feel any resistance when inserting your probe into the meat.

What is the final temp to pull brisket? ›

Smoked brisket will continue to cook even after it has been removed from the smoker. To prevent brisket from drying out, we suggest removing it when the internal temperature reads 195°F. This will put the temperature just at 200°F by the time you are ready to eat.

How long will a 15 pound brisket take at 225? ›

How Long Do You Smoke a 15 Pound Brisket? You smoke a 15 pound brisket for 15-20 hours at 225 degrees. We will wrap the brisket in pink butcher paper when the internal temperature of the meat hits about 170 degrees, and then remove the brisket from its final cook when the internal temperature reaches 195 degrees.

Should I pull brisket at 203 or 205? ›

The ideal peak internal temperature of brisket should be 205°F-210°F since beyond that it will begin to dry out.

Do you have to wrap a brisket? ›

Wrapping a brisket helps seal in the moisture and juices for the duration of the cooking process, which prevents your meat from drying out in the smoker. It also cuts down on cooking time, meaning you'll have a perfectly smoked brisket on the table faster.

Is 20 pound brisket too big? ›

Unless you are feeding a crowd, brisket can be too large. The average size of brisket is 15-18 pounds, and some can be up to 20 pounds. On average, you need one pound per person, so a whole packer of 15 lb is enough to feed 15 people.

Why does brisket need to be 200? ›

The brisket is done and only done when it reaches 195-200°F. With large cuts like brisket, the “safe-to-eat” temperature is not the same as the finish temperature. It is safe to eat early on in the game but it will be as tough as shoe leather unless you let it reach that 195-200°F mark in temperature.

How do you keep a brisket moist in a pellet smoker? ›

Add Moisture

After two or four hours of cooking, you can lightly spray your brisket with water, hot sauce, apple cider vinegar, or apple juice. You can do this every 30 minutes or every hour, based on preference.

Can you stack brisket in a smoker? ›

The short answer: Yes, it is possible to do and you can still turn out some delicious barbecue in the process. Whether you are smoking or barbecuing multiple pieces of the same type of meat or different types of meat, there are some things to keep in mind to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Do you put brisket directly on smoker? ›

Smoke Brisket: Place brisket on the smoker (using large tongs) when the temperature is a consistent 250 degrees and insert your two-zone meat probes. One for the meat inserted into the flat, and one to monitor the ambient temperature of the cooking chamber. Smoke for up to six hours until it's ready to wrap.

What happens if you wrap brisket too early? ›

It's also important to note that wrapping the brisket too early can lead to what is known as “bark-lock”, which is a condition where the bark adheres to the foil and gets pulled off when unwrapped. So, it's best to wait until the brisket has reached the correct internal temperature before wrapping.

What happens if you wrap your brisket too late? ›

If you keep the brisket wrapped for too long, the bark can become too soggy. You can unwrap it once it gets past the stall, and the internal temperature starts rising again. Then, continue smoking the brisket unwrapped, until the meat reaches the desired temperature to overcome this issue.

Why do you spray apple cider vinegar on brisket? ›

Apple cider vinegar will give your meat a nice tangy flavor. Just make sure to use a small amount so the vinegar isn't too strong. Meanwhile, apple juice and other fruit juices can help make a brisket with a sweeter flavor profile. Beef broth helps to double down on savory flavors.

Do you add liquid when wrapping brisket? ›

Foil boat brisket wrap

Place the brisket in the center of the foil, then fold the edges of the foil up and around the brisket to create a boat or tray. Next, season the brisket as desired and add any additional ingredients or liquids to the foil boat.

Do you smoke brisket on a rack or pan? ›

Place brisket, fat-side down, on grill rack over pan. Cover and smoke according to your recipe, or 4 to 5 hours until the brisket reaches 185°F to 190°F and is tender.

Does brisket get more tender the longer you cook it? ›

The only way to break it down to get tender brisket is to expose the meat to heat for an extended period of time. As such, if you don't cook brisket for long enough, the connective tissue isn't going to have time to break down. Therefore, you will be left with a still tough brisket.

Should I marinate brisket before smoking? ›

Marinating meat prior to smoking has a dual-purpose. A good marinade not only adds delicious flavor, it helps tenderize tougher cuts of meat by breaking down muscle tissue. Marinating meat will also help it retain moisture through the smoking process.

Is 300 too high for brisket? ›

Cooking hot and fast requires cooking at a temperature of at least 300°F . This technique is perfect for drum smokers, offset smokers, and wood pellet grills. Follow the steps for trimming and prepping the brisket above and prepare for a hotter and faster smoke. Heat smoker to 300°F.

What number do you smoke a brisket on a pellet smoker? ›

Smoking + Smoked Brisket Temp

The best way to cook brisket is low and slow. You should preheat your pellet grill to 250° F or Hi Smoke and cook the meat until the internal temperature reaches 160° F.

What is the best smoke setting for brisket? ›

Smoking a brisket at 225 degrees Fahrenheit is considered the optimal temperature for cooking. Generally, the cooking time is around 1.5 to 2 hours per pound. For example, a 10 lb brisket should be smoked for about 15 to 20 hours. The internal temperature should be reached at around 203 degrees Fahrenheit.

What happens if you don't let brisket rest? ›

What happens if I don't rest my brisket? Resting brisket will keep the meat moist. If you pull your brisket off the pit and slice in immediately, that moisture has not had a chance to thicken. The juices will run out of the brisket and end up all over your cutting board, instead of in the meat where they belong.

Can you leave cooked brisket out overnight? ›

If a perishable food (such as meat or poultry) has been left out at room temperature overnight (more than two hours) it may not be safe. Discard it, even though it may look and smell good.

Can you smoke a brisket too long? ›

If you cooked the brisket too long, so the internal temperature reached past 208°F, the meat dried out. Rest the brisket for at least 30 minutes before slicing, or the juices won't redistribute and end up running out onto your cutting surface instead of remaining in the meat.

What is the secret to tender smoked brisket? ›

Internal temperatures should reach at least 205 degrees before the brisket is removed. Smoking brisket at a low temperature over many hours breaks down the connective tissue in the meat, which results in a more tender, flavorful brisket.

What is the secret of brisket cooking? ›

10 Insider Tips On How To Smoke Brisket
  • Meat Selection Is Everything. ...
  • It's Best If You Give It A Little Trim. ...
  • Give It A Good Rub. ...
  • Meat Side Up Or Down? ...
  • To Wrap Or Not To Wrap. ...
  • Fire Management Is Critical When Smoking A Brisket. ...
  • It's Done When It's Done! ...
  • Let It Rest.
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Where do you put the probe in a brisket? ›

However, when probing the meat for internal temperatures, you'll soon discover that the point side tends to read higher and even finish faster than the flat. When probing brisket, you should probe near where these two muscles meet - this occurs at the thickest point of the flat muscle.

How long to rest a brisket in a cooler? ›

Resting brisket in a cooler is a great way to ensure that the internal temperature of the meat remains safe while maintaining its moisture until it is time to serve. Regarding how long to let the brisket rest, it is recommended to rest the meat for at least an hour, but up to three hours is also acceptable.

Is brisket flat done at 190? ›

Twenty of those place the target anywhere between 185 and 200 degrees, while eight of those put the magic number right at 190. You might get tough brisket if you use the Salt Lick range of 165-175 degrees. BOTTOM LINE: Cook it to 190 degrees.

What temp is low and slow for brisket? ›

Slow it down: Here's one point on which the young Turks and old masters agree: Cook your brisket low and slow. It takes a low temperature (215 to 225 degrees) and long cooking time (15 to 20 hours) to melt the collagen, fat, and other tough connective tissue in the brisket.

Is 225 too low for brisket? ›

You could cook brisket at a lower temperature than 225℉ but there is a chance that while it is cooking harmful bacteria could multiply. The “danger zone” is between 40℉ and 140℉. By setting your grill to 200℉ or above you minimize that period and guarantee food safety.

How long to smoke a 14 lb brisket at 225? ›

A 14 lb. brisket should take between 21 and 28 hours to smoke at 225 degrees Fahrenheit, but it could take longer depending on how evenly heat is distributed throughout the smoker and how often you open the lid.

Is it better to smoke brisket at 180 or 225? ›

Smoke Brisket At 180 Or 225 – The Thoughts

Both can work just fine, and it comes down to personal preference. If you want a more tender and juicy result, smoking at 180 degrees might be the way to go. If you prefer a slight crisper bark and a shorter cook time, 225 degrees might be the better choice.

What is the best pellet smoker temp for brisket? ›

The best way to cook brisket is low and slow. You should preheat your pellet grill to 250° F or Hi Smoke and cook the meat until the internal temperature reaches 160° F. Cooking times for this vary based on several factors, so it's best to monitor the temperature rather than the amount of time that's passed.

At what temp do you wrap a brisket? ›

When Should You Wrap a Brisket? Most barbecue experts recommend wrapping brisket when it reaches an internal temperature of 165-170 degrees Fahrenheit.

How long to cook 10 lb brisket at 225? ›

A 10 pound brisket will cook for 10-12 hours at 225. A general rule of thumb is 1- 1.25 hours per pound cooking time. Your specific cook time relies on how consistently you can keep your smoker temperature at 225 degrees.

How many people will a 14 lb brisket feed? ›

How Much Brisket Per Person Calculation Table
Brisket Size (Packer Brisket)1/4 lbs. Serving3/4 lbs. Serving
12 lbs.24 People8 People
15 lbs.30 People10 People
18 lbs.36 People12 People

Why is my brisket tough at 200 degrees? ›

Brisket contains a lot of connective tissue, which can make it tough. The type of connective tissue in brisket is called collagen. Cook the meat quickly and you get tough, dry meat. Cook a brisket slowly, with some liquid, and the collagen turns into gelatin.

Is 200 overcooked for brisket? ›

Brisket can be done in a range of 200-210°F (93-99°C), but after cooking thousands of briskets, Franklin feels the magic temperature is 203°F (95°C). Brisket should be tender but not so tender it's falling apart.

Should I pull brisket at 200 or 205? ›

We recommend pulling brisket between 202°-205°F, but the true measure of whether a brisket is done or not is how tender it is. There's a lot of connective tissue to break down and fat to render properly. Just be patient and check your brisket for tenderness with an instant-read meat thermometer.

What flavor pellet is best for smoking brisket? ›

Best Wood Pellets for Brisket

The best pellets for smoking brisket are an equal mix of Oak pellets and Cherry pellets. This does require you to buy two bags, but the blend of the two different types of wood creates the best-tasting meat and the best-looking bark.


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