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

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How long to smoke brisket Traeger

Smoking a brisket on a Traeger is a really simple task, and can be done with some calculated planning.

The most notable type of planning you should be considering, is how long it should take to smoke a brisket on the grill itself. 

On average, most briskets will conclude cooking between the 12 and 15 hour mark.

That should give them plenty time to come up to the right temperature where they will begin rendering down all their connective tissue to make them nice and juicy.

To make things even easier, use the simple calculation of about 1 pound per hour of cook time for your brisket.

This assumes that you are cooking it at about 225°F. 

If you happen to be cooking it at hotter temperatures, let’s say about 300°F, then you should strongly consider planning about 2 pounds per hour of cook time. 

As you start cooking them at hotter temperatures on your Traeger grill, you’ll certainly be able to finish them a lot quicker which saves more time.

How long to smoke a brisket flat on Traeger

No matter what kind of brisket you have, including brisket flats, you should know how long approximately it should take to cook on your Traeger grill. 

To get started, consider how much your brisket flat weighs and how hot you plan to be smoking it at. That should give you the greatest inclination in terms of how long wi take to fully smoke through.

Once you understand the temperature at which you are planning to smoke it out, then consider either a 1 pound or 2 pound per hour cook through rate.

For hotter temperatures, use the 2 pounds per hour mark, and for lower temperatures around 225°F, use the 1 pound per hour mark.

How long to smoke a 3 pound brisket on a Traeger

If you’re smoking a 3 pound brisket on your Traeger, it should take really no more than three hours to fully cook through.

Make sure you can set your temperature variance anywhere between 225°F all the way up to 300°F. 

Once the temperature of the internal meat readings have reached about 200°F, then your 3 pound brisket should be done and ready to be pulled off the grill.

How long does it take to smoke a 2 1/2 pound brisket

For a 2 1/2 pound brisket being cooked on a Traeger grill, you can expect anywhere from 2 to 3 hours of cook time for it to fully cut through and finish.

That is simply because of the simple correlation of temperature and weight.

How long to smoke a brisket on a pellet grill at 225?

It should really only take about 1 pound per hour of cook time considering you are smoking your brisket at about 225°F.

That is a pretty low and slow temperature is be smoking any type of barbecue, let alone a brisket. 

However, if you are still keen on smoking it at this very low temperature to perhaps gain as much smoke flavor as possible, then know that you can absolutely do it.

It will just take quite a bit of time.

How long should I smoke a 7 pound brisket?

For a 7 pound brisket to fully cook through on your Traeger grill, expect no more than about 7 to 8 hours of total smoking and cooking time. 

Once the internal temperature has reached about 200°F, make sure to pull it off the grill and let it rest in an oven or ice cooler for adequate resting.

How long does it take to smoke a 11 pound brisket at 225?

For an 11 pound piece of BBQ such as brisket, you’ll want to try and smoke the entire thing for about 11 to 12 hours to ensure that all of the collagen and connective tissue within the BBQ self has actually had a chance to render down entirely.

Final thoughts 

Smoking any piece of BBQ, including a brisket, can be made simple by cooking them on Traeger grills. 

To get started, you’ll first of all I want to know how long you can start to plan ahead and know exactly when your brisket will actually be done cooking once it’s on the grill. 

You should be calculating about 1 to 2 lbs per hour in total cooking time.

That basically means that as you start smoking them at hotter temperatures, then your brisket will be done a lot quicker than if you were to smoke them at lower temperatures.