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BBQ Smoking Cooking Times and Temperatures Chart

  • August 7, 2018
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​You will find on this page charts I have created for the best smoking meats along with the smoking times and temperatures needed to cook the meat.

These should be used as a way to determine when the meat is done cooking by the temperature the meat reads on the gauge. Always use a good meat probe thermometer to monitor the temperature while the meat is cooking on your smoker grills or an Offset Smoker.

​Below is a list I have put together of the temps and times for smoking each type of meat, these should be used as a estimate so you can plan your day of cooking. 

Always check the temperature to test when the meat is fully cooked! The time is just a best guess and not a indication of doneness.

​Beef Smoking Temps & Times

​Brisket

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​12-20 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​190-200°F

​Spare ribs

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​5-6 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​190 to 203°F

​Short Ribs

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​6-8 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​195 to 200°F

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​4-5 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​135° F for Medium

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​2-3 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​130° F to 140° F

​Chuck roast

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​12-20 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​190-200°F

​Tenderloin

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​2 1/2 to 3 hr

Finished Meat Temperature:

​130°-140° F

​Back ribs

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​3-4 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​185-190°F

​Rump roast

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​30 mins/lb

Finished Meat Temperature:

​145° F for Well Done

​Sausage

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​30mins - 1hr

Finished Meat Temperature:

​160° F

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​25 mins/lb

Finished Meat Temperature:

135° F for Medium

​Lamb Smoking Temps & Times

​Lamb shank

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​4-5 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​190° F

​Lamb rack

Smoker Temperature:

​200-225°F

Cook Time:

​1hr 15mins

Finished Meat Temperature:

​135°-140° F

​Lamb shoulder

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​5-5 1/2 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​170° F

​Lamb leg

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​4-8hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​140°-150° F

​Pork Smoking Times & Temps

​Pork sausage

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​1-3 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​165°F

​Whole Hog

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​16-18 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​205°F

​Loin

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​3-5 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​145°F

​Baby back ribs

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​5 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​180°F

​Pork butt

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​1.5 hr per lb

Finished Meat Temperature:

​205°F

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​6-7 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​180-185°F

​Belly Bacon

Smoker Temperature:

​​100°F or less

Cook Time:

​6-7 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​140° F

​Tenderloin

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​2-3 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​160°F

​Poultry Smoking Temps & Times

​Whole duck

Smoker Temperature:

​225°-250°F

Cook Time:

​3-4 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​165°F

​Quail / Pheasant

Smoker Temperature:

​225-230°F

Cook Time:

​1 hr

Finished Meat Temperature:

​165°F

​Turkey wings

Smoker Temperature:

​225-240°F

Cook Time:

​2-3 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​170°F

​Turkey whole

Smoker Temperature:

​275°-350°F

Cook Time:

​4-5hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​170°F

​Chicken thighs

Smoker Temperature:

​275°-350°F

Cook Time:

​1.5 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​170° F

​Chicken whole

Smoker Temperature:

​275°-350° F

Cook Time:

​2-3 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​170° F

​Cornish Hens

Smoker Temperature:

​240°F

Cook Time:

​2-3 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​165°F

​Turkey breast

Smoker Temperature:

​275°-350°F

Cook Time:

​3-4 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​165°F

​Turkey leg

Smoker Temperature:

​275°-350°F

Cook Time:

​2-3 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​170°F

​Chicken wings

Smoker Temperature:

​275°-350°F

Cook Time:

​1.5 - 2 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​170°F

​Chicken quarters

Smoker Temperature:

​250-275°F

Cook Time:

​4 hrs

Finished Meat Temperature:

​165°F

About the Author Nathan

Hi! My name is Nathan and I’m a passionate meat-lover and certified grill connoisseur. I fell in love with grilling food back when I was a little kid when my grandfather used to cook tasty burgers in our backyard every Saturdays.

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