How Much Brisket Per Person Should I Plan To Serve?

Let’s face it, brisket is one of the most awesome family dinners you could make. It’s easy to make, packed with flavor, and sure to have your dinner guests fighting for an extra piece!

Let’s say you already know how to make the perfect, mouth-watering brisket. Let’s say that you already know your cooking is a hit! But here’s the thing – just making a meal tasty doesn’t mean that the people you’re serving it to are going to be satisfied.

How Much Brisket Per Person Should I Plan To Serve?

Portion size is a vital part of cooking that is often missed. 

So then, let’s say you’re looking to learn the perfect way to divide your brisket. How can you be sure that each person is going to be happy with the amount you give them?

Sometimes it can be difficult for you to be certain! If this sounds like you, then you’ve arrived at the right article!

Below is a total guide to everything you’ll need to take into account when considering the portion sizes of your brisket.

We’re going to explore all the different factors that you might want to take into account, as well as some tips and tricks that might help you along the way. We’ve also made sure to add in a complete FAQ guide that will help answer anything else you might be wondering about. 

Consider The Size Of Your Brisket

One of the first things you are going to want to consider here is the size of your brisket. What size briskets do you have available in your area? Do you have a whole or half brisket? Are they cut from the same side of the cow? 

These are all questions that you should ask yourself before deciding on what you think is the best size for your brisket. You don’t want to go too big or too small. You also want to avoid cutting across the grain if possible.

This will ensure that your meat stays tender and juicy throughout its entire life.

If you do decide to use a whole brisket, you’re going to want to plan on having two servings per person. This means that you’ll have enough left over to freeze for another day.

If you choose to buy a half brisket, you’ll only need to serve one serving per person. So, if you were planning on serving four people, you’d only need to cook one half.

When buying your brisket, you’ll probably notice that there are many options available. Some stores sell their cuts of beef while others may be selling pre-cut pieces. Either way, you’ll want to look carefully at the packaging so that you can determine exactly which cut of beef you’re getting.

When you get home, you’ll want to remove any excess fat from around the edges of the brisket. This will allow you to easily slice off portions without having to worry about any unwanted grease seeping through.

Once you’ve removed the fat, you’ll want to trim away any excess fat or sinew that has been left behind. You’ll also want to remove any large chunks of fat that you see.

After removing these extra bits, you’ll want to place the brisket on a clean surface. You’ll want to lay it out flat and then start slicing it into smaller sections. It’s important to note that the thicker the piece of meat, the thinner you’ll want to slice it.

For example, if you had a thick hunk of steak, you would want to slice it thinly. You’ll also want the slices to be fairly even.

You’ll want to make sure that you’re not leaving any significant amounts of sinew or fat within the slices. You’ll want to try to keep the thickness of the slices between ¼ inch and ½ inch. This will ensure that each bite contains a nice amount of flavor and texture.

Amount Of Guests

One of the biggest questions that people ask themselves when they first think about barbecuing is how many guests they plan to serve. There are a few things to consider here.

First, you’ll want to take into account the number of people who will be eating at the barbecue. If you’re planning to feed just one person, you won’t need as much brisket as someone who plans to feed 10-12 people.

Another thing to consider is whether or not you plan to serve appetizers with your meal. If you’re serving appetizers, you’ll want to make sure to include plenty of them. Otherwise, you’ll find that people tend to eat more food than usual.

Brisket Cooking Time And Temperature

Another thing that you’ll want to consider when deciding how much brisket to cook is how long you plan to cook it for. If you’re planning on cooking it for a short period of time, you’ll want to cook it slowly.

However, if you plan on cooking it for longer periods of time, you’ll need to increase the temperature.

If you plan on cooking your brisket for less than an hour, you should aim to cook it at 225 degrees Fahrenheit. If you plan on cooking it anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, you’ll want to increase the temperature to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.

The higher the temperature, the faster the brisket will cook.

Age Of Guests

The next thing you’re probably going to want to ask yourself about is the age of the guests present. If most of your guests are children, you’ll want to plan on making sure that you don’t give them too much brisket. 

If you’re serving adults, you’ll want to be careful not to serve them too much brisket either. Adults can handle larger quantities of food than kids. They might not feel like they’re full after eating just a small portion of brisket, but they’re still able to enjoy it.

How Hungry Are The People You’re Cooking For?

How Hungry Are The People You're Cooking For?

Finally, you’ll want to consider how hungry your guests are. If you’re feeding a group of relatively hungry people, you’ll want to have enough brisket to go around. On the other hand, if your guests are relatively full, you may only need a single portion of brisket.

This information should help you decide how much brisket to buy. Remember, there’s no right answer. What works best for you depends on what kind of guests you’re planning to entertain

What Meal Of The Day Is It?

You’ve got two options when it comes to choosing which meal of the day to prepare. You can choose to prepare breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages.


Breakfast meals are typically lighter than lunch or dinner meals. Because of this, they tend to be easier on the stomach. In addition, they’re usually served earlier in the morning so they’re perfect for those people who aren’t used to having a late-night snack. 

Generally, Brisket is not a meal you would cook for breakfast. This is because it is too heavy for people who want something light when they first wake up.


Lunch meals are often the heaviest of all three meals. That’s because they’re designed to provide energy for the rest of the day. As such, they tend to contain a lot of protein and carbohydrates.

They’re also generally served later in the day, allowing people to take their time enjoying them. Brisket is not a bad idea for lunch, though it does mean that your guests will probably be less likely to want to eat dinner. 


Finally, dinner meals are the lightest of the three meals. This is why they’re ideal for people who are tired at the end of the day. They’re also great for people who are busy during the day.

Since they’re served later in the evening, they allow people to relax before bedtime. Brisket is a classic dish to have for dinner! 

How Long Will Your Meals Last?

When you’re preparing meals for others, you’ll want to think about how long each meal will last. If you’re preparing a large amount of food, you’ll want to make sure that you keep some leftovers.

Otherwise, you could find yourself with a bunch of leftover food that nobody wants.

On the other hand, if you’re preparing smaller amounts of food, you won’t need to worry as much about keeping leftovers. You can simply eat everything on your plate.


Let’s say you end up making too much brisket. Well, this isn’t the end of the world, mostly because of a great thing called Leftovers!

If you’re lucky enough to have a friend who loves brisket as much as you do, then you can ask him/her to bring over a few extra portions. You can even ask your neighbors if they’d mind taking home some of the leftover brisket.

You can probably get away with asking anyone you know to take home some of your leftovers. Most people love free food.

So now that we’ve covered how to cook brisket, let’s talk about where to store it once you’re done cooking.

Where Should You Store Your Leftover Brisket?

The first question you’ll want to ask yourself is whether or not you plan to reheat your brisket. If you don’t plan to reheat it, then you don’t need to worry about storing it. Simply wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator.

However, if you plan to reheat it later, then you’ll need to consider where you plan to store it. For example, if you plan to serve it cold, then you’ll want to place it back into the oven until it reaches room temperature. Then you can transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate it.

The same goes for serving it hot. After you remove it from the oven, you’ll want to cover it loosely in foil and let it sit out until it warms up.

Then you can transfer the brisket to a baking dish and heat it in the oven until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius).

After you’ve finished eating, you’ll want to discard any remaining juices. You should always be careful when handling raw meat. It’s easy to accidentally cut yourself while cutting through it. So whenever possible, use a sharp knife and work slowly.

Now that you know how to cook brisket and how to store it, we hope that you enjoy it just as much as we did. We wish you luck in your next brisket-cooking adventure.

What Is The Occasion?

What Is The Occasion 

Brisket is often served as part of a holiday meal. However, it’s also perfect for everyday dinners. You can even prepare it for lunch or breakfast.

You might be wondering what occasion calls for brisket. Well, there’s no set answer to that question. But here are a few ideas:

Holiday Dinners

Brisket is usually cooked for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, etc. When you’re planning a holiday meal, you may decide to serve brisket along with turkey, ham, pork chops, chicken, or sausages.


Brisket makes a great addition to a picnic basket. Just remember to keep it wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.


Brisket is one of the best meats to grill outdoors. And since you can make this recipe using a slow cooker, you can easily make it on a barbecue too.

Lunch & Dinner

If you’re having a family dinner, brisket is a good option for those who prefer their meat without sauce.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it. As you can see, there are a lot of different things to keep in mind when it comes to brisket and serving the right size portions.

If you feel overwhelmed by all of this information, the best thing you can do is just try to take into account your amount of guests, and how much they are likely to want to eat! 

We hope that you now feel a lot more confident the next time you’re cooking brisket, but if you still have some questions, check below for our extensive Frequently Asked Questions!

Happy cooking!

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our FAQ section before you leave us today to get your last-minute queries answered! 

What Other Cooked Meat Is Good For A Barbeque?

When it comes to barbecues, you don’t necessarily have to stick with beef. There are plenty of other options available to you. Here are some of them:


Pork is another popular choice for barbequing. It’s tender enough so that it doesn’t require long cooking times. Plus, it has a nice smoky flavor. Pork is also very versatile. You can choose between leaner cuts like loin, ribs, and shoulder, or fattier ones like belly and leg.


While chicken isn’t typically used for barbequing, it does make a pretty decent substitute. Chicken breast is fairly quick to cook, and it tastes great either grilled or roasted.


Beef is by far the most common meat used for barbecue dishes. Lean steaks such as top round, bottom round, sirloin tip roast, and chuck steak are all excellent choices. They’re all relatively inexpensive, and they’re all suitable for grilling.


Turkey is another meat that works well for barbequing because it cooks quickly. Turkey breasts tend to be juicier than dark meat turkeys, which means that they won’t dry out during the cooking process.


Fish is an excellent choice for barbecued meals. Salmon, cod, mackerel, trout, and halibut are all delicious alternatives to beef.

How Long Does It Take To Smoke Brisket? 

The length of time that it takes to smoke brisket depends on many factors. The main factor is the temperature at which you cook it. The higher the temperature, the faster the brisket will cook.

So, if you plan to use a smoker, you’ll need to figure out how hot it gets before it reaches its target temperature.

You should also consider the type of wood that you use. Some woods give off less smoke than others, so you’ll need to experiment with various types until you find the perfect combination.

Finally, you’ll need to determine the proper amount of smoking chips. This is the fuel that you put inside the smoker to help it maintain its heat.

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