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How long to smoke brisket on a pit boss? (Explained)

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How long to smoke brisket pit boss

If you’re wondering how long it should take on average to smoke any brisket on your Pit Boss smoker, then you should be asking yourself two very important things. 

The first thing you should be asking yourself, is how much your brisket weighs. Also ask yourself secondly, how hot do you plan a smoked brisket at? Those two things are the sole determining factors in how long you should smoke a brisket, regardless of the cut, grade, or what type of smoker you have.

For shorter Cooks, you should definitely be smoking your briskets on your Pit Boss at higher temperature ranges such as 275 degrees Fahrenheit or above. 

Those that went longer Cooks, perhaps to get even more smoke flavor onto their brisket, should most probably use temperature ranges anywhere from 225 degrees Fahrenheit to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

For the hotter end of that Spectrum, expect roughly 2 lb to be cooked every hour. 

Likewise, a low and slow styled Cooks, expect about 1 lb of meat per hour. That’s just the way it works.

Overnight brisket on a pellet grill

If you do have a pellet grill and want to smoke a brisket overnight, then you need to take some very important steps to ensure that everything goes as planned.

One of the most critical things you need to understand, is that first of all, before you even start your cook, ensure that it will in fact have to go overnight. That means checking how much brisket weighs and how hot you anticipate smoking it at. 

If the ratios mentioned above indicate that it will go past that midnight Mark, then you probably will want to get some sort of aftermarket thermometer that has an alarm on it to let you know if the brisket happens to finish overnight, or if the briskets internal temperature start dropping because you ran out of pallets to fuel it overnight. 

The principles for smoking brisket, whether it be during the day or overnight, are definitely the same. 

That means smoking it at a specified temperature and always implementing the implying the probe test as it reaches 200 degrees Fahrenheit. You should take the necessary steps to try and thwart against any of those things going wrong. 

Pit boss brisket temp

Personally, on a Pit Boss or any other type of smoker, you should probably consider smoking it at temperatures that are considered hot and fast. That means essentially that you want to smoke your briskets on your Pit Boss at an average temperature of 275 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter. 

That’s basically just to ensure that it is finished in a timely manner and so you don’t unintentionally have to cook it overnight if that is not your thing. 

In terms of how long that smoking process will take for smoking a brisket on your Pit Boss, if you have lets say a 10 lb brisket or so, you should expect around five hours of cook time. That’s simply because you cook at a rate of about 2 lb Of meat per hour

How to cook brisket on pit boss pellet grill

For cooking a brisket on a Pit Boss pellet grill, just follow the helpful advice of cooking it long enough to let the connective tissue render down properly at around 200 degrees Fahrenheit. 

That is honestly the most important thing you should be doing, and don’t even worry about how long or at what temperature you should be smoking it at, if you don’t pull it at the right temperature and then let it rest properly, none of that will matter anyways. 

To get to that preferred internal temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit, just smoke it however you normally would. Smoke it at a temperature range mentioned above, and then always make sure to apply plenty of seasoning beforehand. The rest is more so just a waiting game especially,with the Pit Boss. 

How long to use smoke setting on a pit boss

If you want a lot of smoke for brisket, then never take it off the smoke setting. 

If you’re more concerned about how many pellets you’re using or how much fuel effectively here are using, then consider turning the smoke setting off once you have brought the brisket to about 150 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Since it takes about several hours to reach that stage in the cook, plan to use the smoke setting on your Pit Boss for about 3 to 4 hours. 

This obviously depends on how hot and fast and how much your brisket actually weighs, so just know that once it hits an internal temperature variance of 150 degrees Fahrenheit, you should be wrapping it to expedite the cook, and then you can certainly take the smoke setting down a notch. 

Final thoughts 

The length of time that it takes to smoke a brisket on your Pit Boss Is determined by how hot and fast or low and slow you decide to cook the brisket at. 

In terms of the ambient smoker temperature, if you want a brisket done really quickly, then cook it at about 275 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter. If you want more smoke but don’t really mind waiting around twice as long as a hot and fast cook, then consider smoking it at the lower end of about 225 degrees Fahrenheit.