Best brisket cooking temperature

Discussion in 'Beef' started by rgomez2691, May 1, 2013.

  1. All,

    I'm in Colorado and new to smoking after buying an electric MasterBuilt 40" with glass door last weekend.

    Hickory Smoked Jerk Pork Loin, and Fajita Chicken Sausage came out fabulous, but after getting some disappointing results on 2# tri-tip, I need advice on best temperature to cook a brisket.
  2. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Last edited: May 1, 2013
  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Gomez, [​IMG]  to the SMF. Hope you enjoy your time here and decide to call this home.

    As for temp. for a Brisket , IMHO a temp of 225* average is a good target.Place your thermometer in the deepest part of the Point and cook to appox. 200*or 210*. The point should come off easily and the Flat will be at a perfect slicing temp.

    Tri-Tip is somewhat different. A lot of our members take it to 165* IMT and slice for a beautiful Mid-Well done.145* for Rare.

    A good thermometer is useful here and as suggested by a lot of us are the Thermoworks Thermopen (an instant read probe.) I and most here also have the Maverick 732 dual probe unit. This tracks the Smoker temp. (as most stock Therms. are not even close to correct) and also the IMT of your food. These and other equip. are advertized on the side of the page>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    As always , have fun and...
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  4. Thanks Kat,

    I think I pinned address and will post some of my profile info on roll-call.

  5. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    We are glad to have you here!

  6. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Man, you could open a can of worms here!  LOL

    Different strokes for different folks.  225 is the tried and true, low and slow temp.  Just keep it between 225 and 240 and you won't be sorry!

    However, there are many on our site that believe hot and fast is the answer for brisket and can give you great information on how this is done.

    I smoke to an internal temperature of the meat so time is only approximate based on the weight of the meat and the temperature of the pit.

    I would say that you could cook a 10# brisket at 275 - 285  in about 8 - 10 hours but if you go low and slow it will be more like 18 - 20 hours.  The good news is that you will have great brisket no matter what as long as you shoot for an IT of about 200.

    Good Luck,

  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome Rg!!!

    You can always check the Step by Steps in my signature, at the bottom of all my posts.

    If I smoked what you're looking for, I did it in my MES 40. Should be right up your alley.

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  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sorry to here you didn't get a good smoke on your tri tip.Check out some of my posts on tri tip for some pointers.

    For brisket I smoke mine at 265*. I use the toothpick probe method to check if its done. Around an IT of 190 I'll start probing. When the toothpick goes in without resistance it's done. Pull the brisket wrap in foil and towels and let rest for 45mins to a hour.
  9. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Don't get too involved with time cooking, especially with brisket. Two same weight brisket at same temp can be different by a couple of hours. Get a maverick, especially with the mes 40, to verify your cooking and meat temps. The new generation of mes have become notorious for readings being way off. I've done brisket at 230 and at 265. Had good luck with both. Make sure the stall doesn't get you nervous and be patient with brisket getting to 200. And a minimum 1 to 2 hour rest while double wrapped is important. Brisket can be a beautiful thing when done right but practically inedible if done wrong. All the best to you.
    Last edited: May 1, 2013
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