Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by litmanc1, May 11, 2007.

  1. litmanc1

    litmanc1 Newbie

    Im fairly new to smoking...Im wondering what the rule of thumb is for smoking a brisket. I think my temp should be around 220 or so. Is there a general guide on amount of time per pound for brisket?

  2. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Hello Chris -

    What kind of smoker are you using? Temperature should be about around 240-250° F. When it's done it more a matter of internal temperatures than time. Brisket can plateau which means they like to hold at some temperature arounf 150° F or so and stay there for several hours. You can't usualy set your watch by them.

    If you want to slice it smoke till about 190 - 200° F.

    If you want to pull it smoke till about 200 - 205° F

    Wrap it in foil then in towels to let it rest in a cooler for about an hour. It'll get nice and juicy!
  3. litmanc1

    litmanc1 Newbie

    I will take all the tips i can get. You asked what type of smoker it is, Its a custom built smoker, I guess some might call it an offset barrel smoker. Here is a pic...
  4. hillbillysmoker

    hillbillysmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi Chris, Welcome to the forum. Follow Debi's advice and you will not go wrong.
  5. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru


    Really nice smoker! Did you make it? It's a beauty! You shouldn't have any trouble smoking a brisket in that one.

    The "general rule of thumb" is 1.5 hours per pound but like I said sometimes they hit a plateau that can last for several hours all you can do is wait it out! It's worth it though. Just don't be worried or surprised if it doesn't finish "on time." AND Use a thermometer!
  6. billyq

    billyq Smoking Fanatic

    Like Debi said, give yourself PLENTY of time. Welcome to the forum.
  7. litmanc1

    litmanc1 Newbie

    Thanks for the tips and the comments on the pit. I wish I could tell you I made the pit, but I can not take the credit. A guy outside of Houston makes them in his free time and sells them...Perhaps I will take better pics soon...


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