Smoking Time & Temperature Guide

Mastering Charcoal
Mastering Smoke

Here’s a helpful guide for how long and at what temperature to smoke brisket, pork butt, ribs, and more on your charcoal grill or smoker.

 

Brisket
Size: 6-12 Pounds
Smoking Temperature: 250°F
Time: 1 hour per pound
Internal Temperature: 195°F

Whole Chicken
Size: 3-5 Pounds
Smoking Temperature: 235°F
Time: 1 hour per pound
Internal Temperature: 165°F

Boneless Chicken Breast
Size: 3 Pieces
Smoking Temperature: 225°F
Time: 45 minutes per pound
Internal Temperature: 165°F

Bone-In Chicken Breast
Size: 3 Pieces
Smoking Temperature: 225°F
Time: 1 hour per pound
Internal Temperature: 165°F

Bone-In Chicken Thighs
Size: 12 Pieces
Smoking Temperature: 225°F
Time: 2 hours
Internal Temperature: 165°F

Whole Turkey
Size: 8-12 Pounds
Smoking Temperature: 220°F
Time: 30 minutes per pound
Internal Temperature: 165°F

Cornish Game Hen
Size: 1 ½ pounds per hen
Smoking Temperature: 225°F
Time: 4 hours
Internal Temperature: 165°F

Prime Rib
Size: 4-8 Pounds
Smoking Temperature: 225°F
Time: 45 minutes per pound
Internal Temperature: 130°F

Bone-In Pork Butt
Size: 8-10 Pounds
Smoking Temperature: 250°F
Time: 1 hour per pound
Internal Temperature: 195°F

Baby Back Ribs
Size: 2 slabs
Smoking Temperature: 225°F
Time: 3-2-1 Method
Internal Temperature: 165°F

Venison Tenderloin
Size: 4-6 Pounds
Smoking Temperature: 225°F
Time: 45 minutes per pound
Internal Temperature: 165°F

Hot Dogs
Size: 1 Package
Smoking Temperature: 225°F
Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Internal Temperature: Desired Temp

Fish Fillet
Size: 2 pounds
Smoking Temperature: 225°F
Time: 35-45 minutes
Internal Temperature: 145°F

 

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