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How long to smoke a brisket per pound on a Traeger? (Explained)

How long to smoke a brisket per pound on a Traeger? (Explained)

How long to smoke brisket per pound Traeger

If you happen to have a Traeger grill and want to know how long it takes to smoke a particular brisket on a per pound basis, you’re at the right place.

Briskets take on average anywhere from 1 pound per hour to about 2 lb per hour to fully cook through. That is solely dependent on how hot and fast or how low and slow you happen to be cooking it at.

If you happen to be cooking it at a temperature range between 225 degrees Fahrenheit to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, then you should use the estimation of 1 hour per pound of cook time.

Hotter and fast Cooks of around 300 degrees Fahrenheit should cook through your brisket at a rate of about 2 pounds per hour. You save quite a bit of time by doing that, and it’s something I do quite frequently myself.


How long does it take to smoke a brisket on a Traeger pellet grill?

Since we’ve established a cook through rate of about 1 to 2 lb per hour depending on how hot and fast or how low and slow you happen to be a cooking a brisket at, you can then take that estimation and apply it to the actual weight of your brisket in terms of pounds. 

For Briskets that weigh about 10 to 20 lb, and are smoked at about 300 degrees Fahrenheit, you can use the estimation of about 2  pounds per hour of cook time. That essentially means that a 10 to 20 lb brisket cooked at 300° Fahrenheit will be finished in about 5 to 10 hours.

If you happen to smoke the same brisket at a low and slow temperature, of about 225 degrees Fahrenheit to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, then you should expect about 10 to 20 hours of Total cook time. 

That is substantially longer compared to the Hot & fast method.

Always consider doing the hot and fast method compared to a low and slow method. You will thank me later!


How long does it take to smoke a brisket per pound at 225?

On a per pound basis, you can expect to smoke a brisket at 225° Fahrenheit at a rate of about 1 hour per pound of meat. This is definitely on the lower end of any cook I would recommend. 

That’s simply because it takes about twice as long compared to just smoking a brisket at about 300 degrees Fahrenheit.


How long does it take to smoke a 10 lb brisket at 225?

Using the estimation of about 1 hour per pound of cook time, you can expect to cook a 10 lb brisket at 225° Fahrenheit for around 10 hours. 

That is still quite a bit of time to be cutting any type of meat, and I would personally recommend smoking that same brisket at a cooking temperature of about 300 degrees Fahrenheit at least. 

That should cut the cook time you have, to about only 5 hours.


How many minutes per pound do you smoke a brisket?

As far as a minutes per pound of a smoked brisket, just use the hourly estimation.So for a low and slow cook at around 225 degrees Fahrenheit, that’s basically about 60 minutes per pound. 

For a cooking temperature of 300 degrees Fahrenheit, that’s about 30 minutes per pound.

When you put it into perspective like that, then you should always be smoking a brisket hotter and faster because it cuts the cook time basically in half.


Traeger award winning brisket

 If you want an award-winning type of brisket while smoking on your Traeger, just season it with the tried-and-true methods of kosher salt and black pepper. That is a staple here in Central Texas where I’m located. 

Not only that, but make sure to crank up the smoking settings quite High, because you want a large smoke ring. That’s Apparently one of the determining factors in an award-winning brisket. You want a fantastic looking Smoke Ring alongside the great smoke flavor on the meat. 

As always though, make sure to pull the brisket off at the right internal temperature and once the probe test is showing zero resistance. 

Also, make sure to let the brisket rest before slicing everything. You don’t want to evaporate all the juices and ruin the brisket. 


Final thoughts 

So, as long as you cook the brisket at consistent temperature levels, then you can determine how long it will take to smoke a particular piece of barbecue on a per pound basis. 

In practice, smoking a brisket at around 225 degrees Fahrenheit 250 degrees Fahrenheit on any type of grill, including pellet smokers such as a Traeger, should take about 1 lb per hour.

On a Hot & fast basis, use the estimation of about 2 pounds per hour, that is substantially quicker, and it’s something I personally would recommend to smoke any brisket at.