Dear Dr. McGrillemup,
I'd like to barbecue a brisket but I hear it takes a super long time to cook. Is this just fear-mongering or does it really take a long time?
Well, yes, it does take a long time. But, 'all good things' right?
Most folks that cook brisket operate their barbecues at between 180 and 220 degrees Fahrenheit. You can count on about 1 to 1 1/4 hours per pound. Most will cook the brisket to at least medium.
The good news: once you've perfected your formula with your equipment and type of brisket, you can leave the brisket pretty much unattended. You don't necessarily have to hover over it for the entire day.