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Help with 25 lbs of brisket on a traeger

Discussion in 'Beef' started by jjsmoke, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Hey everyone, I have 25lbs of brisket to do on a traeger texas smoker, any idea on how long I should smoke it for. Any help is appreciated.
  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What are the cuts?  Points?  Flats?  Both?  Are they separated or not?  One piece, 2 or 4?

    Generally for a packer brisket, you're looking at between 11-15 hours cook time if you maintain 225-250* in the cook chamber.  Smaller pieces cook faster.  It's not really about time; it's about meat temp.  "It's done when it's done" is the motto around the smoker.  Your 2 main temp goals are:

    165* -- smoke until you hit this mark, then foil (you will hit a plateau or "stall" -- wait it out & don't panic.  The connective tissues are breaking down.)

    195-205* for slicing or pulling.

  3. Thanks for the response they are 3 flats. I will simply grab the lawn chair and cooler and hang out after about 12 hours, could be worse.
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Yepper I would fill that cooler full of beer and you are set. Now you have some good eaten there. So Don't forget the Q-view for us out here too.