BBQ Smoking Times and Temperature Chart
Below is a handy list of smoking times and temperatures. Beginners and experts alike sometimes need to reference internal temperatures and the time to smoke certain cuts and varieties of meat. For accurate measurements, use an instant-read thermometer.
These numbers are an approximation and should be used as a guideline. Smoke times will be dependent on a number of factors; including your smoker style, weather conditions, and ambient temperature.
Smoking Times and Temperatures
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|Type of Meat||Smoking Temperature (°F)||Smoke Time||Finished Temperature (°F)|
|Beef Brisket||225-250||12-20 hours||190-205|
|Spare Ribs||225-250||5-6 hours||190-203|
|Short Ribs||225-250||6-8 hours||190-200|
|Back Ribs||225-250||3-4 hours||185-190|
|Rump Roast||225-250||30 mins/lb||145 (Well Done)|
|Whole Ribeye||225-250||25 mins/lb||135 (Medium)|
|Pork butt||225-250||1.5 hr/lb||205|
|Pork Loin||225-250||4-5 hours||145|
|Pork Sausage||225-250||1-3 hours||165|
|Whole Hog||225-250||16-18 hours||205|
|Belly Bacon||Less than 100||6 hours||140|
|Pork Spare Ribs||225-250||5-7 hours||180-185|
|Pork Baby Back Ribs||225-250||5 hours||180|
|Pork Tenderloin||225-250||2.5-3 hours||160|
|Lamb Rack||200-225||1-1.25 hours||135-140|
|Lamb Shank||225-250||4-5 hours||190|
|Lamb Leg||225-250||4-8 hours||140-150|
|Lamb Shoulder||225-250||5-5.5 hours||170|
|Whole Chicken||275-350||2-3 hours||170|
|Whole Duck||225-250||4 hours||165|
|Cornish Hens||240||2 hours||165|
|Chicken Quarters||275-350||1-2 hours||170|
|Chicken Thighs||275-350||1.5 hours||170|
|Chicken Wings||275-350||1.25 hours||170|
|Whole Turkey||275-350||4-5 hours||170|
|Quail / Pheasant||225||1 hour||165|
|Turkey Wings||275-350||2-2.5 hours||170|
|Turkey Leg||275-350||2-3 hours||170|
|Turkey Breast||275-350||4 hours||165|
|Whole Salmon||200||When it stars to flake||145|
|Whole Trout||225||1 hour||145|
|Salmon Filet||220||1 hour||145|
|Tilapia Filet||220||1 hour||145|
|Lobster Tails||225||45 minutes||140|
Consumer Safety Warning and Reminder
Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.
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