how do i cook a beef brisket

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How many hours does it take to cook a brisket?

Our general rule of thumb is to plan on between 30 and 60 minutes per pound. For example, a 16-pound brisket cooked at 275 degrees Fahrenheit will take between 10 and 12 hours. The entire process from trimming, injection, seasoning, and cooking will take between 18 and 20 hours.

How should brisket be cooked?

Place brisket, fat-side down, on grill rack over pan. Cover and smoke according to your recipe or 4 to 5 hours until brisket reaches 185°F to 190°F and is tender. Turn once halfway through smoking. Add additional coals and water as needed to maintain temperature and moisture.

Does brisket get more tender the longer you cook it?

If using the oven, lower the recipe temperature to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and let it cook a few hours longer than the recipe states, even up to overnight. This will give the brisket ample time to break down and become tender. Some grass fed briskets I have cooked have taken 14 hours or longer to become really tender.

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Do you cover brisket when cooking?

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Place the brisket in a roasting pan and cover the baking pan with a lid, or seal it well with foil. Bake for 3 hours. Continue cooking in the oven for another 2 hours or so, or until the meat is just about fork tender.

Do you cook brisket fat side up or down?

If you decide to cook your brisket fat side up, you should know that the fat acts as a heat shield protecting the beef. If your heat source is mostly from the top, such as with many horizontal offset smokers, fat side up should be the way to go.

Why was my beef brisket tough?

Brisket contains a lot of connective tissue, which can make it tough. The type of connective tissue in brisket is called collagen. Cook the meat quickly and you get tough, dry meat. Cook a brisket slowly, with some liquid, and the collagen turns into gelatin.

Why did my brisket turn out dry?

Sometimes, the brisket might come out too dry simply because there wasn’t enough fat on the meat. Because the point section of the brisket is naturally fattier than the flat, this portion is more likely to retain the right amount of moisture during cooking.

Why is my brisket tender but dry?

Sounds like you cooked a Flat. That cut is leaner than the point and tends to dry out a little, especially after slicing. Meat quality will make a big difference. The better the quality the more fat / marbling in the meat which means better flavor and more juiciness.

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Should you wrap brisket in foil?

Wrapping your brisket in aluminum foil is the exact opposite of smoking your meat bare. Aluminum foil keeps a lot of the smoke away from your meat, which means less of a smokey flavor. Less direct exposure to heat and smoke also means limited bark, so your brisket won’t have the thick crunch like a naked brisket would.

How do you keep brisket moist?

Wrap the brisket in aluminum foil if you are unable to use a water drip pan. This keeps all moisture escaping from the meat to remain close in the cooking process and baste the meat.

When should I flip my brisket?

Flip and rotate your brisket at least once during the smoking to even out the exposure to heat. Keep the heat in the smoker low (under 250 F). Cover the brisket with foil and let it rest for at least 30 minutes before carving.

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