How Long to Cook a Brisket in the Oven


Brisket is one of the toughest cuts of meat, but also one of the most flavorful. If you’re looking to make your own brisket at home, it’s important to know how long to cook a brisket in the oven so that it comes out perfectly tender and succulent every time. Follow these simple tips for perfect results every time!

Prepare the meat.

  • Remove the fat cap from the brisket and trim any surface fat.
  • Trim the thick layer of white fat that sits on top of your brisket, leaving about 1/4 inch in place. The less you trim off here, the drier your finished product will be–so if you want a juicy piece of meat with lots of flavor and moisture, keep this layer intact! You can always trim more off later if it’s too much for your liking after cooking; there’s no harm done by removing too little at first (but don’t forget to save those scraps!).
  • , 4., 5., 6., 7., 8.: Trim any large chunks or slabs off using kitchen shears until there’s nothing but flat sheets left behind when looking down upon both sides simultaneously–this should give you an idea where our next step will go

Choose your temperature.


The first step to cooking a brisket is determining the temperature. There are many variables to consider when choosing a temperature, but it all comes down to personal preference and how much time you have on your hands. For example, if you want to cook a smaller brisket that’s only about four pounds in size and doesn’t have much fat on it (which will make it cook faster), then 250-275 degrees Fahrenheit would be appropriate. On the other hand if you decide on making an enormous 10-pound monster with lots of marbling throughout its layers and even more fat than usual because this one is going into chili later on–you might want something closer to 300 degrees Fahrenheit instead!

The key thing here is knowing what kind of meat you’re dealing with before setting up shop; once again: knowledge is power!

Ensure your oven is calibrated correctly.

To ensure your oven is calibrated correctly, follow these steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F (107 degrees C).
  • Place an oven thermometer in the center of your oven and close door. Allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes before reading temperature on the thermometer display screen or through any mobile app you may have installed on your smartphone or tablet device that connects with this type of electronic device via Bluetooth connection protocol

Place the brisket in the oven.

When you are ready to cook the brisket, place it on a baking sheet with a rack. Make sure that the meat is not touching the pan and place it in the oven at the temperature recommended by your recipe. Don’t forget to preheat your oven before starting!

Check on the food halfway through cooking time.

It’s a good idea to check on the food halfway through cooking time. You’ll want to make sure that it’s browning properly and cooking at a temperature that is high enough, but not too high. If you’ve chosen one of our recipes, we’ve already done this for you! But if not, here are some tips:

  • Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of your meat in several places. The brisket should be about 160 degrees F throughout when it comes out of the oven (this will vary slightly depending on how thick your brisket is).
  • Check for evenness by holding up one end of the brisket–if it tilts toward one side or another then rotate it 180 degrees so all sides have equal exposure on both racks of your oven.* Make sure nothing is burning by opening windows or turning off vents if needed.*

Check internal temperature at end of cooking time.

You can check the internal temperature of your brisket with a meat thermometer. A few minutes before your estimated cooking time is up, insert the probe into the center of your cooked brisket and leave it there for 5 seconds to get an accurate reading. If you want to make sure it’s done perfectly, take out a few slices from different parts of the roast and test them with a fork (don’t use knives). If they fall apart easily when pricked with a fork, then chances are that they’re ready!

Use these tips for perfect results every time!

Use these tips for perfect results every time!

  • Check the temperature of your brisket when it’s done cooking. This will ensure that it’s cooked properly and not under or overcooked.
  • Use an oven thermometer to check if your oven is accurate, as sometimes they can be off by 10 degrees or more. If so, adjust accordingly before you begin cooking.
  • Don’t overdo it–if you’re worried about undercooking meat then increase the time by 5-10% (e.g., if a recipe calls for 1 hour 20 minutes at 350 F/175 C then try 1 hour 30 minutes instead).


The best part about cooking a brisket in the oven is that it’s so easy! You can be a great cook, or you can be someone who has never tried before. It doesn’t matter; all that matters is that you follow these steps and get yourself some delicious food.

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