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How long to smoke a brisket to 160? (Explained)

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How long to smoke a brisket to 160

If you’re wondering how long you should be smoking your brisket to about 160°F, you have come to the right place.

On average, this is entirely dependent on how hot and fast or low and slow you decide to cook your brisket. 

If you are smoking at hotter temperatures, then you can reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit fairly quickly at about the 2 to 3 hour mark. 

For low and slow types of temperatures, you can expect an average timeframe of anywhere from 3 to 6 hours to reach 160°F. 

This of course is entirely dependent on the temperature that you select, so if you want it to be there a lot quicker, then strongly consider wrapping your brisket.

How long for brisket to go from 160 to 200

Depending on how hot you are cooking your brisket at, you should know that it is a substantially less amount of time to go from 160°F to 200°F than it is from 0°F to 160°. 

That’s because the majority of the cooking time will be at the beginning and especially during the stall period of the cook at around 150°F.

How long does it take brisket to reach 165 at 225?

The most common way to estimate any type of cook time for your brisket at 225°F is to simply use 1 pound per hour cook time. 

That is the best way to establish a timeframe that you can expect your brisket to reach certain parts of the cook, such as those at around 165°F. 

So it’s not really a matter of just a simple number, more so than it is how much your brisket weighs and how hot and fast you are actually cooking it at.

Generally speaking, it can take about 3 to 6 hours to reach 165°F depending on how large a Brisket is.

Why is my brisket stuck at 160?

At around the 150°F to 160°F part of any brisket cook, you will most likely encounter what is known as the stall. 

That is basically when the internal temperature flatlines and only increases ever so slightly over several hours. There’s really no way around it outside of cooking it hotter temperatures or perhaps even wrapping your brisket in foil or butcher paper.

If you’re not too concerned about the overall seasoning and crispiness of your brisket, then wrapping your brisket can be a great option to push it past this area of the cook.

Final Thoughts

It will generally take anywhere from 3 to 6 hours to smoke any weight of brisket to 160°F. Depending on how hot and fast or low and slow you are cooking it of course, and how much the brisket actually weighs, will directly influence how quickly that temperature is reached.