optimum temperature for smoking a brisket

Discussion in 'Bugs, Glitches and Miscellaneous Forum Problems' started by artsmall, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. artsmall

    artsmall Newbie

    I can control the temperature of my smoker and have no time limitations.

    For a brisket ,is 200 better than 225?

    Thank you
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  3. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    For briskets and butts I usually run about 250, but that's me.
  4. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Not really, I smoke at 250 myself for everything. Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to  your first qview. [​IMG]
  5. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    240 - 250 range   

    Welcome to the forum
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    [​IMG]     Glad to have you with us!

    I smoke them at 210, but from the replies I guess I'm in the minority.
  7. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I like 220 to 250 for most things.  Larger pieces are very forgiving for hitting the correct internal temp. 

    Poultry goes on much higher unless it is being pulled.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  8. artsmall

    artsmall Newbie

    Thank you. I will be trying out my new Traeger smoker with a 11 pound brisket.
  9. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm with Al, 200-220° for the win. Has never let me down yet. [​IMG]
  10. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I too agree with Rod and Al, I like mine to be at an average of 200*to 225*f; having said that,I allow for a short spike when I open the FB door to add wood by closing the inlet until my sticks are afire. Ignition usually starts in a very short time as I heat my sticks on the top of the FB.

    [​IMG]  works great and a small hot fire is easier to keep under control[​IMG]

    Have fun and...
  11. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Sorry I meant to post this as my temp. shot and got carried away with the fire[​IMG]


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