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How Long to Smoke a 7 Pound Brisket?

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Hey there, BBQ Dropout here with an answer to a question many people have when it comes to smoking brisket: how long should you smoke a 7-pound brisket?

In this post, I’ll break down the two main factors to consider when smoking any kind of brisket, regardless of its weight, and give you some tips to ensure that your brisket is perfectly cooked every time.

Factors to Consider When Smoking a Brisket

The first factor to consider when smoking a brisket is its weight. For a 7-pound brisket, you’ll want to budget about one hour of cook time for every pound.

The second factor to consider is the temperature at which you cook it, as this will have a significant impact on your cook time.

Low and Slow Cook Time for a 7-Pound Brisket

If you’re cooking your 7-pound brisket at a low and slow temperature of around 225 degrees Fahrenheit, it should take you about 7 hours to cook.

However, you’ll also want to budget in another hour or two for prep time, such as seasoning the brisket and prepping the smoker.

Hot and Fast Cook Time for a 7-Pound Brisket

If you’re cooking your brisket at a higher temperature range, such as hot and fast, your cook time will be much shorter.

In this case, a 7-pound brisket should take around 3.5 hours to cook at a temperature range of 275 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Again, budget in an additional hour or two for prep time.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, folks. When it comes to smoking a 7-pound brisket, the two main factors to consider are its weight and the temperature at which you cook it. By keeping these factors in mind and budgeting in extra time for prep, you’ll be able to estimate your cook time and ensure that your brisket turns out perfectly cooked every time. Happy smoking!