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How long to smoke brisket at 180? (Explained!)

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How long to smoke brisket at 180

If you’re trying to figure out how long you should smoke your brisket at approximately 180°F, then you have come to the right place.

For starters, smoking anything at 180°F is really too low to be smoking any kind of barbecue to begin with. 

You should only smoke at this temperature range if you want to get lots of smoke flavor or you are just starting your overall cook and plan to increase your ambient temperatures.

If you for some reason you are keen on smoking an entire brisket at 180°F, then it could take about 3 pounds per hour. 

That cooking rate would translate into almost a 30 hour cook for several briskets that weigh only about 10 to 15 pounds.

As you can see, this is a very long period of time, and not something I would ever recommend.

Time is something you don’t get back in life, and you don’t want to waste it for something as silly as smoking a brisket at way too low of temperatures. 

Furthermore, you can get very good results smoking briskets at temperatures as high as 300 degrees, in about a fraction of the time it would take to cook the same brisket at a very low temperature of 180.

Final thoughts 

Smoking a brisket or any other large kind of barbecue at 180°F we cooked through the meat and render the collagen completely at a rate of about 3 pounds per hour.