BBQ Smoking Times and Temperatures Chart

BBQ Smoking Times and Temperatures Chart

Here is a handy chart with smoking temperatures and times for a variety of common meats. This chart is especially designed for BBQ beginners who need approximate times and temperatures.

Please remember that BBQ smokers vary and other factors, such as weather conditions, wind, and ambient temperature can change the cooking time by as much as an hour or more.

These figures are approximate. Use them as guidelines only. As you get more experience at the smoker, you can judge it by the appearance of the meat and go by the times and temperatures that work best for you and your cooker.

Type of Meat Smoking Temp* Time to Complete Finished Temp*
Brisket (Sliced) 225 1.5 hours/pound 180
Brisket (Pulled) 225 1.5 hours/pound 195
Pork Butt (Sliced) 225 1.5 hours/pound 175
Pork Butt (Pulled) 225 1.5 hours/pound 190–205
Whole Chicken 250 4 hours** 167
Chicken Thighs 250 1.5 hours 167
Chicken Quarters 250 3 hours 167
Whole Turkey (12 lb.) 240 6.5 hours 170
Turkey Leg 250 4 hours 165
Meat Loaf 250–300 3 hours 160
Spare Ribs 225–240 6 hours 172
Baby Back Ribs 225–240 5 hours 168
Smoked Corn 225 1.5–2 hours N/A
Smoked Potatoes 225 2–2.5 hours N/A

*Degrees Fahrenheit. **This will vary with the size of the chicken.

This chart is used with permission from a friend and barbeque smoking expert, Jeff Philips from

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