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What temp to pull brisket point? (Explained)

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Hey there, it’s BBQ Dropout here, and if you’re wondering what temperature you should pull your brisket point at, you’re in the right place. Let’s dive in!

What temperature should you pull brisket point at?

First things first, a brisket is a brisket no matter if it’s the flat, point, or both of them combined, like a packer-style brisket.

So, you’re definitely going to want to pull your brisket point at around 200 degrees Fahrenheit internal temperature.

Employ the probe test to ensure tenderness

Now, just because it’s at 200 degrees Fahrenheit, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s done. You’re also going to want to employ the probe test.

Make sure it probes tender with no resistance whatsoever. That’s how you’ll know it’s done.

Why the point finishes faster than the flat?

In my experience, the point typically finishes faster than the flat. I believe it’s because of the high-fat content. Fats are a little bit easier to render down than the more leaner connective tissue type of cut that the flat is.

That may be why you’ll commonly see the point actually tipping out at around 200 degrees a lot quicker than the flat would.

What to do after it’s done?

If you’re smoking or cooking only a point of the brisket, and it’s at the right temperature and probes out correctly with no resistance, then it’s ready to be pulled, stored, and properly sliced thereafter.

Final thoughts

So, to sum it all up, you’re going to want to pull your brisket point at around 200 degrees Fahrenheit internal temperature and probe it to make sure it’s tender.

And if it’s a packer-style brisket, don’t be surprised if the point finishes faster than the flat.