FAQ – How Long to Smoke a Brisket

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Q: Sir,
Do you have a best guess on how long a 8-10 lbs brisket at 200-225 will take to get done. I was thinking about 1 hour per pound. Is this close. thank you!

A: You can usually figure about 1.5 hours per pound at 225 degrees for brisket, pork shoulder and other larger pieces of meat.

Several things can affect this time such as wind, temperature and how often you open the door of the smoker. I smoked a 9 pound brisket a few weeks back on a cold, windy night and it took 20 hours to complete.

I am guessing that if you have a fairly calm day with mild temperatures and you can maintain at least 225 degrees and only open the door when you absolutely have to mop or check the temp on the brisket then you should be able to guesstimate about 13.5 to 15 hours.

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